Baskent University, Turkey
Neslihan Toyran was born in Erzurum, Turkey, in 1974. She received the B.S. degree from Department of Biology, the Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 1997. She received her second B.S. degree from the Department of Biology, the Faculty of Science, METU, Turkey, in 1997. She received the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree from Department of Biology, the Faculty of Science, METU, Turkey, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. She was employed as a Research Assistant between 1997 and 2003 at the Faculty of Science, Molecular Biophysics Laboratory, METU, Turkey. She served as a Visiting Researcher at Biomedical Spectroscopy Laboratory at Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany, in 2002 with a scholarship from the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey. She became an instructor (2003–2005) and an Assistant Professor of biophysics (2005-2010) at Department of Physiology/Biophysics, the Faculty of Medicine, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey. She works as an Associate Professor of biophysics at the same department. She is mainly interested in the analysis of both normal and pathological tissue samples using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and FTIR microspectroscopy. In addition, she is interested in the effect of divalent ions and/or vitamins on model membranes, using FTIR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and turbidity techniques.