Grants TUBITAK 1003 Grant “Drug Delivery via Targeted Microbubbles as Ultrasound Contrast Agent and Their Use in Cancer Treatment via Controlled Local Drug Release” (2014-2017) Researcher (Total budget 670.000 euros) Marie Curie Reintegration Grants “Interactions of Breast Cancer Cells with Macrophages in Controlled 3D in vitro Microenvironments” (2011 – 2015) Director. 100.000 Euros COST Bioinspired Nanotechnologies – TUBİTAK Grant “Adhesion at the Nanometer Scale: Breast Cancer Cells and Normal Epithelial Cells” (2011-2014) Director. 305.290 TL (132.734 Euros) Completed successfully. TUBITAK 1001 Grant “Invadopodia Formation on Nanometer Scale Protein Patterns” Director. (2011-2014) 278.769 TL (121.203 Euros) Completed successfully. Izmir Institute of Technology Research Grant (2014 – 2016) 40.000 TL (17.391 Euros) Izmir Institute of Technology Research Grant (2011 – 2013) 14.000 TL (6.086 Euros) Completed successfully. Izmir Institute of Technology Start-up Grant (2010) 35.000 TL (15.271 Euros) Peer-reviewed Articles (217 citations, h index=7) D. Pesen and J. H. Hoh. Micromechanical architecture of the endothelial cell cortex. Biophysical Journal 2005; 88(1):670-9. D. Pesen and J. H. Hoh. Modes of remodeling in the endothelial cell cortex. FEBS Letters 2005; 579(2):473-6. A. Zelenskaya, J.B. deMonvel, D. Pesen, M. Radmacher, J.H. Hoh and M. Ulfendahl. Evidence for a highly elastic shell-core organization of cochlear outer hair cells by local membrane indentation, Biophysical Journal 2005; 88(4):2982-93. D. Pesen*, A. Erlandsson, M. Ulfendahl, and D.B. Haviland. Image reversal for direct electron beam patterning of protein coated surfaces. Lab on a Chip, 2007, 7(11):1603-1606. D. Pesen*, W.F. Heinz ,J.L. Werbin, J.H. Hoh, and D.B. Haviland. Electron beam patterning of fibronectin nanodots that support focal adhesion formation. Soft Matter, 2007, 3(10): 12801284. Selected for inclusion in the RSC’s Chemical Biology Research Articles virtual journal. D. Platz, E.A. Tholen, D. Pesen, and D.B. Haviland Intermodulation atomic force microscopy. Applied Physics Letters 2008, 92(15): 153106 D. Pesen* and D.B. Haviland. Modulation of cell adhesion complexes by surface protein patterns. Applied Materials and Interfaces 2009, 1(3):543-548. Journal cover. U. Horzum, B. Ozdil and D. Pesen Okvur*. Micrometer Scale Spacings between Fibronectin Nanodots Regulate Cell Morphology and Focal Adhesions. Materials Research Express 2014, 1: 025402. B. Ozdil, S. Önal, T. Oruç and D. Pesen Okvur*. Fabrication of 3D Controlled in vitro Microenvironments. MethodsX 2014 1:60-66. U. Horzum, B. Ozdil and D. Pesen Okvur*. Step-by-step quantitative analysis of focal adhesions. MethodsX 2014 1:56-59. G. Bati and D. Pesen Okvur*. Invadopodia:Proteolytic feet of cancer cells. Turkish Journal of Biology 2014, (38) 740-747. Review article. B. Ozdil, U. Horzum and D. Pesen Okvur*. Differential adhesion by normal epithelial and breast cancer cells on nanopatterned surfaces. 2014, manuscript in preparation. G. Bati and D. Pesen Okvur*. Invadopodia formation on nanometer scale protein patterns: New insight to an adhesion requirement. 2014, manuscript in preparation. T. Oruc, B. Ozdil, Sevgi Onal and D. Pesen Okvur*. Effect of caffeic acid phenethyl ester on breast cancer cell migration in 3D controlled microenvironments. 2014, manuscript in preparation. Patents D. Pesen Okvur, Three dimensional microfluidic device that determines metastatic capacity and homing choices. Turkish Patent Institute application number 2012/14253, December 2012. D. Pesen Okvur, Three dimensional microfluidic device that determines metastatic capacity and homing choices. European Patent Office application number EP13154001.5, February 2013. D. Pesen Okvur, Microfluidic device for investigation of distance dependent interactions in cell biology, Turkish Patent Institute application number 2013/11723, October 2013. D. Pesen Okvur, Microfluidic device for investigation of distance dependent interactions in cell biology, PCT application number PCT/EP2014/070839, September 2014.