Our Honorary Advisor:
Prof. Aziz Sancar is Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He was Born in Savur-Mardin, Turkey in 1946. He obtained his primary and secondary education in Savur and Mardin, and then received an M.D. degree in 1969 from the Istanbul University School of Medicine. After practicing medicine in Savur for two years he attended the University of Texas at Dallas and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology in 1977 with his work on a DNA repair enzyme called “photolyase.”
Dr.Sancar conducted postdoctoral work at Yale university on another DNA repair enzyme called “excinuclease” in the period 1977-1982. He joined the Department of Biocemistry and Biophysics at UNC Chapel Hill in 1997. Dr. Sancar is currently conducting research on DNA Repair, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, Cryptochrome and the Circadian Clock. He has published 279 research articles and 32 book chapters. Prof. Sancar is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA and the recipient of the prestigious Vehbi Koc Award from the Koc Foundation of Turkey in 2007. Dr. Sancar is also the President of AGS Foundation, which sponsors the Turk Evi of Chapel Hill for UNC students. Aziz lives in Chapell Hill with his wife Gwen.