Tuğba Dursun Usal




Research Assistant at Department of Biology, METU

PhD. Student in Biotechnology, METU


M.Sc. Biotechnology, METU

B.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2011, METU 


Telephone:             +90 312 210 5191



Research Field: 


Study on the influence of scaffold inner organization on the treatment of spinal cord injury.

The aim of this study is to compare the roles of aligned and random media to be loaded into tubular scaffolds for the treatment of spinal cord injury by using poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3 hydroxyvalerate)(PHBV)/ collagen blends.


Selected Publications: 

  • Arslantunali D, Dursun T, Yucel D, Hasirci N, Hasirci V. (2014) Review: Peripheral nerve conduits: technology update. Medical Devices, Evidence and Research.7;405–424.
  • Ermis M, Baran ET, Dursun T, Antmen E, Hasirci V. Contribution of physical forces on the design of biomimetic tissue substitutes. Brennan, AB, & Kirschner, CM (Eds.). (2014). Bio-inspired Materials for Biomedical Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 59-76, ISBN: 978-1-118-36936-4.


  • V. HasirciS. Alagoz, T. Dursun, C. Kilic Bektaş, N. Hasirci (2015). Biopolymers in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. 8th European Symposium on Biopolymers (ESBP 2015), September 15-18, Rome, Italy. (Oral Presentation) 


  • T. Dursun, D. Yücel, V. Hasırcı. (2014). Influence of Inner Organization of Nerve Guide on Rat Bone Marrow Stem Cells (rBMSCs). 26th Annual Conference European Society of Biomaterials, 31st August-3rd September, Liverpool, England. (Oral Presentation)


  • T. Dursun, D. Yücel, V. Hasırcı. (2014). Study on the Influence of Scaffold Inner Organization on the treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury. 2nd International Symposium of Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, 23-25 February, Torino, Italy. (Oral Presentation)

  • T. Dursun, D. Yücel, V. Hasırcı. (2013). Effects of the Architecture of a Nerve Guide for Use in the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury. 19th International Biomedical Science and Technology Symposium, 12-15 November, Kuşadası, İzmir, Turkey. (Oral Presentation)


  • T. Dursun, D. Yücel, V. Hasırcı. (2013) Nerve guides with different architecture for use in the treatment of spinal cord injury. TERMIS-EU Chapter Meeting,17-20 June, Istanbul, Turkey. (Poster Presentation)