2017 News

Prof. Enver Cagri Izgu

New Faculty Commencing Sept 1, 2017

Enver v3Biography

Enver Cagri Izgu obtained a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, 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. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Professor Thomas R. Hoye. In the Hoye Lab, he conducted the total synthesis of structurally complex and biologically potent natural plant products, developed synthetic methodologies, and designed chemical tools for NMR spectroscopic investigations of chiral carbinols. Equipped with core synthetic chemistry skills and intrigued by the grand challenge of establishing the fundamental principles of cellular life, Enver turned his focus to chemical biology and undertook a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Jack W. Szostak at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. There, he studied the systems chemistry of model protocell components and the chemical replication of both RNA and RNA-like informational polymers.

Future Research

At Rutgers, the Izgu Lab will establish a multidisciplinary research program to advance biotechnology and life sciences. To this end, Prof. Izgu and his team are combining synthetic organic chemistry and molecular biology to engineer novel molecular tools for both basic and translational research. Members of the team 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 (Advisor: Jack W. Szostak)
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006–2012 (Advisor: Thomas R. Hoye)
  • B.Sc., Middle East Technical University, 2002–2006 (Advisor: Ozdemir Dogan)

Honors and Awards

American Cancer Society, Institutional Research Grant Early Investigator Award

Arthur Klorfein Scholarship, Marine Biological Laboratory

NASA Travel Award, Gordon Research Conference for Origins of Life, Galveston

Young Scientists Award (National Bachelors Scholarship Program), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

Website: https://www.izgulab.com

Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Center for Lipid Research