• 98 Citations

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Research profile

Burcu is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at TU/e. She strives for the development, fabrication, and application of smart biomaterials to realize high-precision processing in high-throughput microfluidic settings. She specifically focuses on the design and development of lab-on-a-chip devices containing hydrogels for diversified life sciences applications. Burcu is also interested in combining data-mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research for future research. 

Academic background

Burcu Gumuscu worked as a senior researcher in Mesoscale Chemical Systems Research Group at the University of Twente, where she performed independent research on nano-fabricated arrays for biomolecule analysis. In 2017 and 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed microfluidic biosensors for single-cell analysis. She received her Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the BIOS Lab-on-a-chip group at the University of Twente. Her Ph.D. thesis primarily aimed at the design and development of microfluidic devices for next-generation sequencing, organ‐on-chip, and water desalination on the microscale. She is the recipient of the Pieter Langerhuizen grant given in 2019 by The Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW). Burcu serves as a web writer at the Royal Society of Chemistry in collaboration with the development editor of Lab on a Chip Journal, and a review editor in Frontiers in Digital Health Journal. 

Education/Academic qualification

Biotechnology, University of California at Berkeley


Nanotechnology, Doctor, University of Twente


Analytical chemistry, Master, Bilkent University


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Research Output

  • 98 Citations
  • 10 Article
  • 3 Patent application
  • 1 Chapter

Separation-encoded microparticles for single-cell western blotting

Gumuscu, B. & Herr, A. E., 7 Jan 2020, In : Lab on a Chip. 20, 1, p. 64-73 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Free-floating protein barcode microstructures for single-cell western blotting

Gumuscu, B. & Herr, A., 2019, IPC No. USA, Patent No. BK-BK-2018-125

Research output: PatentPatent application

Tissue projection electrophoretic separation of protein

Herr, A., Grist, S., Kang, C-C., Gumuscu, B. & Vlassakis, J., 7 Nov 2019, IPC No. USA, Patent No. WO2019212974, Priority No. US201862664835P 20180430

Research output: PatentPatent application

Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Capillary Pinning Assisted Patterning of Cell-Laden Hydrogel Microarrays in Microchips

    Gumuscu Sefunc, B. & Eijkel, J. C. T., 2018, Cell-Based Microarrays: Methods and Protocols. Ertl, P. & Rothbauer, M. (eds.). New York: Humana Press, p. 225-238 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • Enhanced ion transport using geometrically structured charge selective interfaces

    Benneker, A. M., Gumuscu, B., Derckx, E. G. H., Lammertink, R. G. H., Eijkel, J. C. T. & Wood, J. A., 7 Jun 2018, In : Lab on a Chip. 18, 11, p. 1652-1660 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    5 Citations (Scopus)


    Irène Curie Fellowship

    Burcu Gumuscu Sefunc (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: TU/eFellowScientific

    KHMW Pieter Langerhuizen Award

    Burcu Gumuscu Sefunc (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: OtherScientific


    • 1 Editorial activity

    Digital Health Journal (Journal)

    Burcu Gumuscu Sefunc (Editorial board member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific