Balci CV

Hamza Balci, Ph.D.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

G-Quadruplex-Protein Interactions, DNA repair, CRISPR-Cas9, Single Molecule Biophysics, Fluorescence Microscopy, Force Spectroscopy, DNA-based Liquid Crystals

EDUCATION

1998-2004 PhD, Physics Department, University of Maryland, College Park,

1994-1998 BS, Physics Department, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

August, 2020-Present Professor, Physics Department, Kent State University

August, 2020-Present Undergraduate Coordinator, Physics Dept, Kent State University

August, 2015-August, 2020 Associate Professor, Physics Department, Kent State University

July, 2018-July 2019 Visiting Scholar & Marie-Curie Fellow, Bionanoscience Department, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

August, 2009-August 2015 Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Kent State University

April, 2007-August, 2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Taekjip Ha’s Laboratory

Nov 2008-Jan 2009 Visiting Scientist on EMBO Fellowship, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. Prof. Karl-Peter Hopfner’s Laboratory

July, 2004-April, 2007 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Paul Selvin’s Laboratory

2000-2004 Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park. Prof. Richard L. Greene's Laboratory

1998-2000 Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PHY-12000 Introductory Physics Seminar, Fall 2021

PHY-23102 General University Physics II, Spring 2020 & 2021

PHY-45501/55501 EM Waves and Modern Optics, Spring 2012 & 2014 & 2016

PHYS 45201/55201 Electromagnetic Theory, Fall 2016

PHY-44600/54600 Introduction to Biological Physics, Fall 2013, Fall 2017, Fall 2019

PHY-40195 Biophotonics, Spring 2011

PHY-40099 Senior Honors Thesis-Fall 2011

PHY-40096 Individual Investigation, Spring 2016 & 2018; Fall 2016 & 2017, Summer 2021

PHY-40060 Physical Literature on Single Molecule Biophysics (Spring 2011)

HONR-40096 Individual Honors Work (Spring 2011, 2014, 2015 & 2018); Fall 2011 & 2014

PHY-40020 Advanced Physics Lab, Spring 2013 & 2017, Fall 2014

PHY-30020 Intermediate Physics Lab, Spring 2013 & 2015 & 2017, Fall 2014

PHY-23101 General University Physics I, Fall 2009 & 2012, Spr 2010 & 2011

PHY-13002/13012 General College Physics II-Fall 2011, Summer 2012 & 2014

MENTORING

  • Current PhD Students: Golam Mustafa, Prabesh Gyawali, Sajad Shiekh, Sineth Kodikara

  • PhD Thesis: Sujay Ray (2014), Jagat Budhathoki (2016), Parastoo Maleki (2018)

  • MS Thesis: M. Haroon Qureshi, Subrata Mal, William A. Roy

  • Honors Thesis (Undergrad): Dominic Malcolm, Allan Leishman

  • Research Advisor (Undergrad): Chad Frutig, Ugur Celik (visiting GS), Edward Stafford, Ryan Melendez, Amanda Rentsch (Highschool), Timothy Park, Jacob Taylor, Kelsey Bittinger, Michael Guntrum, Marlon V. Nunez, Eric Yokie, Darion Feldt, Ahmed Barghout

SERVICE

Served in the following Departmental/University Committees:

  • Judge for Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Presentations (2020-2021)

  • College Curriculum Committee (August 2020-Present)

  • Undergraduate Coordinator (August 2020-Present)

  • Undergraduate Advisor (Fall 2013-Present)

  • Board Member-HSA Cleveland Highschool (2010-Present, except 2018-2019 Academic Year)

  • McNair Scholarship Mentor (2017)

  • Chair Review Committee (2017)

  • Graduate Planning and Admissions Committee (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)

  • Undergraduate Planning Committee (2010-2013)

  • New Faculty Hire Committee (2012, 2016, 2018)

  • Faculty Advisory Committee (2013-2014, 2019-2020)

  • Student Academic Complaint Committee (2014)


Served in the following Thesis Committees (excluding advisees):

  • Kumudie Arachchige, PhD Defense, Chemistry Department, 09/22/2021

  • Keshav GC, PhD Defense, Chemistry Department, 05/06/2021

  • Hao Yu, PhD Defense, Chemical Physics Program, 07/08/2020

  • Taras Turiv, PhD Defense, Chemical Physics Program, 06/16/2020

  • Tong Su, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 04/15/2020

  • Vikash Kaphle, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 12/10/2019

  • Talant Rusmetov, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 07/24/2019

  • Laura Restrepo Perez, PhD Defense, TU Delft, 05/10/2019

  • Keshav GC, Oral Candidacy Exam, Chemistry Department, 08/17/2018

  • Kumudie Arachchige, Oral Candidacy Exam, Chemistry Department, 05/10/2018

  • Ayhan Duzgun, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 11/28/2017

  • Prithviraj Nandigrami, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 09/26/2017

  • Mona Mirheydari, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 06/16/2017

  • Lee Sharpnack, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 06/14/2017

  • Akram Al-Shadidi, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 04/06/2017

  • Rahul Bhattacharjee, Prospectus Defense, Biological Sciences Dept, 03/24/2017

  • Joe Yarzebinski, MS Thesis Defense, Physics Department, 07/15/2016

  • Sony Pandey, PhD Defense, Biological Sciences Dept, 04/05/2016

  • Ghadah Alrabghi, MS Thesis Defense, Physics Departments, 07/02/2015

  • Ayan Chakrabarty, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 04/09/2014

  • Deepak Koirala, PhD Defense, Chemistry Department, 03/07/2014

  • Payel Chatterjee, PhD Defense, Biological Sciences Dept, 11/05/2013

  • Pritam Mandal, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 06/07/2013

  • Payel Chatterjee, Prospectus Defense, Biological Sciences Dept, 03/18/2013

  • Mark Morris, PhD Defense, Chemistry Department, 03/28/2012

  • Bhuwan Joshi, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 11/03/2011

  • Deepak P Koirala, Oral Candidacy Exam, Chemistry Department, 12/01/2010

  • Swarnendu Tripathi, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 08/04/2010

  • Jason K. Ellis, PhD Defense, Physics Department, 10/28/2009


Served as referee for the following journals: Science, Nature Methods, Nature Comm, Proc. Of Nat. Acad. of Sci (PNAS), Nucleic Acids Research (NAR), NAR Methods, Jour. of American Chem. Soc. (JACS), Nature Cell Discovery, ACS Analytical Chemistry, Scientific Reports, ACS Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry, Biochimie, Jour. of Mol. Biol., Jour. Phys. Chem, Jour. Phys. Chem-Letters, and Jour. Vis. Experimentation (JoVE).

I also edited book chapters or other content for Taylor&Francis and Wiley.

Served as referee for the following funding agencies: National Science Foundation-USA and Ohio State University, United Kingdom-Cancer Research, Canada-Leaders Opportunity Fund, Research Grant Council China-HongKong, Czech Rep-Czech Science Foun., Saudi Arabia, European Science Foundation, Switzerland-Swiss National Science Foundation (Sinergia).

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission (2018)

  • Excellence in Advising Award, Society of Physics Students, KSU Chapter (2017)

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant (2013, UC Berkeley)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Research Resources Award, KSU (2013)

  • University Research Council, Research Activity Support including Undergraduate Students, KSU (2013 &2015)

  • Amer. Assoc. of Physics Teachers New Faculty Workshop Attendance (2011)

  • Farris Family Innovation Award for Early Achievement (2011-2014)

  • University Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Award (2011)

  • ICAM-KSU International Travel Award (2011)

  • ICAM Scientist Exchange Award (2009)

  • European Molecular Biology Organization Short Term Fellowship, Nov 2008-Jan 2009, Karl-Peter Hopfner Lab, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany

  • Finalist for Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences, University of Maryland (2000-2001)

  • Vehbi Koc Scholar, Koc University, Turkey (1994-1998)

CURRENT, COMPLETED AND PENDING FUNDING

CURRENT

Title: Influence of small molecules on G-quadruplex stability, folding kinetics, and interactions with proteins

Source of Support: National Institutes of Health (NIGMS, R15)

Total Award Amount: $437,617

Role: PI (100%)

Award Period: 05/01/2018 – 04/30/2021

Title: Phase Behavior and Physical Properties of Thermotropic and Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Oligomers

Source of Support: National Science Foundation

Total Award Amount: $573,103

Role: Co-PI

Other Investigators: Samuel Sprunt (PI), Tony Jakli (Co-PI), James Gleeson (Co-PI)

Award Period: 07/15/2019 – 06/30/2022

COMPLETED

NIH R15 Grant (03/01/2015 – 02/28/2018)

Title: A Single Molecule Exploration of Protein and G-quadruplex Interactions

Position: PI (100%), Amount: $346,271


NIH R15 Grant (2012-2015)

Title: A conserved G-rich region within human TH promoter regulates its activity

Position: Co-Investigator (%50), Amount: $280,768


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant (2013)

Title: The Influence of G-Quadruplex Structure on POT1/TPP1 and RPA Access to Telomeres,

Position: PI, Amount: $5,840


College of Arts and Sciences Research Resources Award, KSU (2013)

Title: Acquisition of a Harrick Plasma Cleaner, Position: PI, Amount: $7,094


University Research Council, Research Activity Support including Undergrad. Students (2013).

Title: The Influence of G-Quadruplex Overhang Length on RPA-mediated G-Quadruplex Unfolding. Position: PI, Amount: $2,714


ICAM Junior Scientist Exchange Award (2012)

Title: Single Molecule Studies of Human Telomere-Binding Proteins (TEBP)

Position: PI, Student: Sujay Ray, Amount: $4,052,


Farris Family Research Incentive Proposal (2010)

Title: The Interactions of DNA G-Quadruplex Structures with DNA Binding Proteins. Position: PI, Amount: $24,000


University Research Council, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Title: Effects of Internal DNA Labeling on the Photophysical Properties of Cyanine Dyes,

Position: PI, Amount: $3,460


ICAM Junior Scientist Exchange Award (2009)

Title: Single Mol. Studies of Human Nucleotide Excision Repair & DNA Damage Checkpoint.

Position: PI, Student: M. H. Qureshi, Amount: $5,300


TALKS/PRESENTATIONS

  • Hamza Balci, Bioengineering Department Colloquium, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 10/13/2021

  • Hamza Balci, Nucleic Acid Secondary Structures, G4s and Beyond, Virtual, 07/08/2021

  • Hamza Balci, Helicases and Nucleic Acid-Based Machines, Virtual, 07/06/2021

  • Hamza Balci, Physics Department Colloquium, University Texas Rio Grande, 2021/03/05

  • Hamza Balci, Biophysical Society Meeting, Virtual, 02/23/2021

  • Hamza Balci, Physics Department Colloquium, University of Miami, FL 13 Nov 2019

  • Hamza Balci, KSU Physics Department Colloquium, 19 September 2019

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at 2nd Conference on Biomotors, Virus Assembly, and Nanobiotechnology Applications, Columbus, OH, 30 July 2019

  • Hamza Balci, RNA Society Meeting, Krakow, Poland, 13 June 2019

  • Hamza Balci, Cell Symposia, Regulatory RNA, Berlin, Germany, 13 May 2019

  • Hamza Balci, Seminar at Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at 6th International Meeting on Quadruplex Nucleic Acids: G4thering in Prague; Prague (Czech Republic), 31 May 2017

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, (Germany), 05/30/2017

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at 19th Annual Midwest DNA Repair Symposium, Dayton, OH, 05/13/2017

  • Hamza Balci, Integrated Life Sciences Seminar, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 02/28/2017

  • Hamza Balci, Condensed Matter Physics Seminar, Case Western Reserve University, 02/20/2017

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at Biophysical Society Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 02/13/2017

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at North East Ohio Medical University, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seminar, 05/13/2016

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at Institute of Complex and Adaptive Matter Annual Meeting, Kent, OH, 05/17/2016

  • Hamza Balci, Integrated Life Sciences Seminar, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 03/15/2016

  • Hamza Balci, Poster at RNA Rustbelt Meeting, Huran, OH, 10/24/2015

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at 5th International Meeting on Quadruplex Nucleic Acids: G4thering in Bordeaux; 26-28 May 2015 Bordeaux (France)

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at Case Western Reserve University, General Meeting of Turkish Academician in Northeast Ohio, 04/19/2014

  • Hamza Balci, The Ohio State University, Biophysics Program Seminar, 10/24/2013

  • Sujay Ray, Jigar N. Bandaria, Mohammad H. Qureshi, Ahmet Yildiz, Hamza Balci. Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting, Philadephia, PA, February 2012

  • Hamza Balci, La Sierra University Physics and Biophysics Departments Colloquium, Riverside, CA, 02/24/2012

  • S. Ray, M. H. Qureshi, Dominic Malcolm, Ugur Celik, Hamza Balci. Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2012

  • Hamza Balci, Kent State University, Physics Department, Freshmen Seminar, 10/25/2011

  • Hamza Balci, John Carroll University Physics Department Colloquium, 12/01/2011

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at University of Connecticut, Electrical Engineering Department, 7/29/2011

  • Mohammad Haroon Qureshi, Sujay Ray, Abby Sewell, Soumitra Basu, Hamza Balci, Poster at Third International G-Quadruplex and G-Assembly Meeting, Naples, Italy, 06/28/2011

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at Turkish American Academics of Midwest Meeting, Cleveland, OH May 22, 2011

  • Hamza Balci, Mohammad Haroon Qureshi, Sujay Ray, Abby Sewell, Soumitra Basu, Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD, February 2011

  • Hamza Balci, Biological Sciences Departmental Seminar, KSU, March 12 2010, Kent, OH

  • Hamza Balci, Sinan Arslan, Sua Myong, Timothy M. Lohman, Taekjip Ha. Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting March (2009), Boston, Massachusetts

  • Hamza Balci, Talk at GeneCenter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich December 10, 2008

  • Hamza Balci, Benjamin H. Blehm, Erdal Toprak, Anna S. Serpinskaya, Vladimir I. Gelfand, Paul R. Selvin. Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting (2007), Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Hamza Balci, Illinois State University, Oct 24, 2006-Colloquim in Physics Dept

  • Hamza Balci, Wayne State University, Sept 20, 2006-Colloquium in Chemistry Department

  • Hamza Balci, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Sept. 1, 2006- Talk at Dept of Mech & Industrial Engineering

  • Hamza Balci, Taekjip Ha, H. Lee Sweeney, and Paul R. Selvin. Poster at Biophysical Society Meeting (2005), Long Beach, California

  • Hamza Balci and R.L.Greene. Talk at American Physical Society March Meeting (2004), Montreal, Canada.

  • Hamza Balci, C.P.Hill, M.M.Qazilbash, R.L.Greene. Talk at American Physical Society March Meeting (2003), Austin, Texas

  • Hamza Balci, V.N. Smolyaninova, P. Fournier, Amlan Biswas, R.L.Greene. Talk at American Physical Society March Meeting (2002), Indianapolis, Indiana