Aziz Sancar, a Turk scientist job in the United States and co-winner of the Nobel Prize 2015 in Chemistry, was honored in Turkey on Thusday with a new campus complex that carries son name in the capital Ankara. Sancar, for his part, undertook to share his discovery in Cancer research with his native country.
Professor Sancar was in Turkey will attend the inauguration of Aziz Sancar Educational Campus in the capital Ankara, a complex that houses a kindergarten, a science high school and a science and an arts center for high-achieving students. The complex, which will be house nearly 500 students, is furnished with science workshops, a huge library, laboratories and courses dedicated to biochemistry, mechatronics, archeology, creativity and design.
Sancar has been a much revered name in Turkey since son 2015 win. Many schools carry son name across the country while the government provides research grants to future scientists through son Aziz Sancar scholarship program.
the professor spoke to Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday before attending the opening of the complex and says he has made a “very exciting” discovery in Cancer research.
“This study is about DNA repair and it’s a new method. I can transfer the new method to Turkey within year”, he said. The professor said he was continuing work which won him the Nobel prize. “We are studying the effect of a biological clock on cancer by mapping (genes). The circadian clock, we work onis used on the moment of impact of cancer tissue on healthy tissue and it helps us optimize the method of treatment through better planning of cancer treatment,” he said.
Turkey, which seeks to reduce dependence on abroad technologyhope research grants will keep more scientists in the country. Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said during the inauguration ceremony of the Aziz Sancar campus that they have received so far 217 applications for post- doctoral studies research grants bearing the name of Sancar. “Young people today are more eager in field of technology and it is our mandate to provide them with a sustainable environment environment at help broaden their horizons,” Varank said.
the minister said the campus would not only serve students of the school but it would be open to all young people interested in research and development. the minister added this professor Sancar has achieved so much through Turkish education system and son effort. He pointed out that the quality of education in Turkey has improved significantly since the early years of Sancar in Turkey. “I am sure that the youth will continue on the path of Aziz Sancar”, he added.