The 2020 Koç University Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science was presented to Prof. Hatice Altuğ (PHYS/’00) for her pioneering contributions in the areas of nanoscale light–matter interactions, on-chip light manipulation and innovative nanobiophotonics applications.
Prof. Altuğ is currently a faculty member in the Institute of Bioengineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. She is also the director of the EPFL Doctoral School in Photonics. From 2007 to 2013, she was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University in the US. In addition to her BS in physics from Bilkent, she holds a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.
Prof. Altuğ’s research is focused on nanophotonics and its application to biosensing, drawing on knowledge from areas ranging from optics, microfluidics and nanofabrication to biochemistry and data science. Her laboratory has introduced next-generation nanophotonic biosensors and spectroscopy and bioimaging technologies for label-free, real-time, high-throughput analysis of biological samples for point-of-care diagnostics, bioanalytics and other applications in the life sciences.
The Koç University Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science is given annually, for different fields in alternating years: in even-numbered years, for work in science, engineering or the health sciences; and in odd-numbered years, for work in the administrative sciences, social sciences, humanities or law.