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Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen

Dr. Marjorie E. Winkler Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Chemical biology, lipids, cellular aging, cellular senescence, cell death (apoptosis and necroptosis), omics approaches to research

Head shot of Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen, University at Buffalo chemical biology expert.

Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen is a chemical biologist who studies lipids, a class of organic molecules that includes fats, waxes and sterols like cholesterol.

Atilla-Gokcumen is among scientists whose work has shown that lipids play a more active role than previously thought in various cellular processes, potentially influencing human health and disease. Among other topics, her research has investigated how lipids are involved in cellular aging, cellular senescence (a process in which cells cease to divide) and cell death, also known as apoptosis and necroptosis.

Atilla-Gokcumen can also discuss scientific advances that are enabling scientists to do powerful research with “omics” approaches (such as lipidomics, transcriptomics and genomics). These methods facilitate the large-scale, collective characterization and analysis of biological molecules and genes in cells and organisms.


Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen, PhD
Dr. Marjorie E. Winkler Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences