Rengul Cetin Atalay


M.D., Ph.D.



CanSyL Laboratory

Bioinformatics Department

Graduate School of Informatics

Middle East Technical University

Ankara, 06800    Turkey

Office: Room B-217

Phone: +90 (312) 210-7887

Fax: +90 (312) 210-3745

Email: rengul at



Rengul Cetin-Atalay received her M.D. degree from Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey in 1992. She then obtained her DiplĂ´me d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in 1994 and Ph.D. degree in 1997 from UniversitĂ© de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. She was a French Government scholar during her PhD. She carried out her doctoral studies as research assistant at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France. Between 1997-2014, Dr. Cetin-Atalay was a faculty member at  Bilkent University. She worked as an assistant professor at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA during her sabbatical leave in 2004.


Dr. Cetin-Atalay's research interests lie in the fields of bioinformatics and molecular cellular biology of liver cancer. Her current research in bioinformatics involves the computational techniques for the analysis of protein sequence and cellular pathways annotation. Her wet laboratory research focuses on the cellular stress mechanisms in liver cancer and the identification and molecular characterization of natural or synthetic cytotoxic compounds as candidate therapeutic agents in liver cancer. In addition she is interested in the computational analysis of cancer cell microscopic images under chemical stress.


She has national and international collaborations with various scientific institutes including Imperial College, UK, VBI, Virginia Tech, USA and University of Ferrara, Italy. She is a member of StemChem COST action CM1106 where she has with various collaborations with participating institutes about the bioactivities of small molecules in liver cancer.


Dr. Cetin-Atalay received Turkish Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award, International Cancer Fellowship from Union for International Cancer Control, Switzerland and  Sanovel Pharmaceuticals INC, Drug research award. She is one of the founders of the Turkish Bioinformatics Society.