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Prof. Enver Cagri Izgu

New Faculty Commencing Sept 1, 2017

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Enver Cagri Izgu is a synthetic organic chemist interested in the chemical biology of genetic materials and designer macromolecules of biological and clinical relevance. He obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, where he studied asymmetric organic catalysis with Professor Ozdemir Dogan. He then moved to the United States for graduate school and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Professor Thomas R. Hoye. In the Hoye Lab, he worked on the total synthesis of plant natural products, methodology development, and NMR spectroscopy. Equipped with core synthetic chemistry skills, Enver turned his focus to chemical biology and undertook a postdoctoral position at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, working with Professor Jack W. Szostak. Since then, he has been studying the origins of cellular life, with an emphasis on the chemical replication of RNA and RNA-like informational polymers, and the systems chemistry of model protocell components (e.g., nucleotides, amino acids, peptides, and lipids).

Future Research

At Rutgers, the Izgu Lab will establish a multidisciplinary research program to develop chemical technologies that will enable the life sciences. This program aims to combine synthetic chemistry with molecular biology to engineer functional liposomes, nucleic acids and small-molecule drugs. Members of the Izgu Lab will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of experimental techniques and carry out both fundamental and applied research in a collaborative environment.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012–2017 (Jack W. Szostak)
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006–2012 (Thomas R. Hoye)
  • B.Sc., Middle East Technical University, 2002–2006 (Ozdemir Dogan)


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