Asst. Prof. Fatih İnci of the National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM) and the Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Bilkent University has been named one of this year’s “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Turkey. He was selected for the honor based on his achievements in the area of medical diagnostics.
TOYP Turkey is part of JCI’s “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World” (TOYP) program, which serves to recognize individuals who excel in their chosen fields and exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people.
An international nonprofit organization, JCI has more than 200,000 members worldwide. Each year, at both the national and international levels, the organization nominates individuals age 18 to 40 “who are engaged and committed to creating an impact in their communities” for the TOYP award, which is given to 10 recipients, one in each of 10 categories ranging from scientific leadership to forwarding human rights and world peace.
Dr. İnci received his award in the category of medical innovation. His research is concentrated in the emergent fields of biosensing, micro/nanoscale technology, lab-on-a-chip and biomedical engineering, where he works to develop ultrasensitive sensors and microfluidic platforms that are able to diagnose maladies such as infectious diseases and cancer and thus also have the potential, by means of their advanced technology, to minimize health disparities even in resource-constrained settings.