Fikret Aydin

Post Doctoral Scholar
Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago

Fikret Aydin received his B.Sc. in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2011 from Koc University, Turkey. Then, he joined Dr. Meenakshi Dutt’s research group at Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering in 2015. His graduated work focused on investigating the mesoscopic properties of soft biomaterials such as cell membranes, liposomes or polymers by developing their coarse-grained models. Fikret joined the Voth group as a postdoctoral researcher in October 2015.

Research Interests:

I am interested in designing bio-inspired materials by understanding the underlying mechanism of fundamental biological processes. This will require me to resolve spatiotemporal dynamics of macromolecules involved in these processes at atomistic and mesoscopic scales. In the Voth group, I will study the mechanism of actin filament elongation by using multiscale modeling tools.


• L. Chong, F. Aydin, and M. Dutt. Implicit solvent coarse-grained model of polyamidoamine dendrimers: Role of generation and pH. J. Comput. Chem. Just accepted.

• M. Sebastiano, X. Chu, F. Aydin, L. Chong, and M. Dutt. Interactions of bio-inspired membranes with peptides and peptide-mimetic nanoparticles. AIMS Materials Science, 2015, 2, 303-318.

F. Aydin, G. Uppaladadium and M. Dutt. Harnessing nanoscale confinement to design sterically stable vesicles of specific shapes via self-assembly. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2015, 119, 10207–10215.

F. Aydin, G. Uppaladadium and M. Dutt. The design of shape-tunable hairy vesicles. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces, 2015, 128, 268-275.

F. Aydin and M. Dutt. Bioinspired vesicles encompassing two-tail phospholipids: Self-Assembly and phase segregation via implicit solvent coarse-grained molecular dynamics. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, 118, 8614– 8623.

F. Aydin, P. Ludford and M. Dutt. Phase segregation in bio-inspired multi-component vesicles encompassing double tail phospholipid species. Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 6096 6108. 

• P. Ludford, F. Aydin and M. Dutt. Design and characterization of nanostructured biomaterials via the self-assembly of lipids. Materials Research Society Fall 2013 Conference Proceedings, 2013, 1498.