Turkey Izmir

Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG)

Wingender Lab. on Mucosal Immunology

Brief overview

The Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG) is an advanced biomedical research and innovation center with modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, which are exceptional in Turkey in regard to quality, size, and unique composition. Furthermore, IBG is one of five national Centres of Excellence and the only one in the biomedical field, making IBG the prime address for biomedical research in Turkey. It currently hosts 27 basic, translational, and technological research groups working on multiple aspects of biomedicine and genome sciences. This multidisciplinary, cooperative nature is seen as a strong asset in addressing complex scientific questions.

Research areas

Asthma/COPD/Immunology/Infection/Lung cancer

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

IBG has an enclosed space of around 26.650m2 , with approximately 6,600 m2 allocated to the following core facilities and units.

IBG’s core facilities: Electron Microscopy Imaging Laboratory; Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility (FACSARIA III, Canto II, LSR Fortessa X20); Genomics Facility; Histopathology Facility; Lentivirus Facility; Optical Imaging Core Facility; Vivarium (capability to host up to 20.000 rodents); and Zebrafish Facility.IBG’s technology transfer units: Biobanking Facility (BBMRI-ERIC); Bioinformatics Platform (IBG-BIP); Gene Targeting and Transgenic Models Platform; GLP certified ‘Pharmaceuticals Analysis and Control Laboratory (IBG-PHARMA); GMP Cell Therapy Unit (IBG-NEVCELL); and Preclinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Laboratory.

Research funding/resources

As a national Center of Excellence, IBG receives direct funding from the Ministry of Industry and
Technology, Turkey.

Furthermore, IBG participates/coordinates several EC projects, including an ERA Chair project (#952346) that includes work on rare lung diseases. Several of IBG’s group leaders are MSCA and EMBO fellows or alumni. Other recent lung-related funding was obtained by EMBO and national projects (e.g. ‘National Outstanding Researchers Program’). In the context of respiratory research, IBG offers everything needed to for successful research on airway immunology, including e.g. expertise on relevant animal models like antigen-induced pulmonary allergic inflammation and LPS-induced acute lung injury.

Links to non-academic sector

IBG is located on the Health Campus of Dokuz Eylul University, with close cooperation with many hospital units. Nearby are several important industrial institutions, science & technology parks, and qualified industrial zones. Furthermore, IBG collaborates closely with several biomedical companies in Turkey through contracted research projects. IBG also provides entrepreneurial opportunities, supporting researchers in establishing startups and transforming their research results into high-value-added goods and services. In this context, IBG is also affiliated with Dokuz Eylul University’s Technopark (DEPARK).

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

IBG invites young researchers from the life sciences (e.g. molecular biology, immunology, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering) to work in multidisciplinary and collaborative R&D environment.

IBG educates and trains MSc/PhD students through the Molecular Biology and Genetics program at DEU’s Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, which IBG co-coordinates. Several PhD’s were and are trained at IBG with support from post-doctoral fellowships, including MSCA programs. Other international students and post-docs work at IBG with national funding.

IBG and its international research groups are experience at giving comprehensive career guidance through direct mentoring, diverse training courses (e.g. on grant and manuscript writing, project management), international conferences/workshops, and weekly internal and external seminars (given by world-renown scientists). Therefore, RESPIRE scholars will find at IBG an excellent training environment, which will be guided by a personalized CDP (Career Development Plan) developed by the fellow together with the mentor.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award



  • Beliz OZUT  (Head of Business Development and Commercialisation Unit)
  • Gerhard Wingender (Group Leader of Wingender Lab. on Mucosal