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May 2007 2219 short term research grant from TUBITAK-BIDEB to investigate "temperature dependence of tissue physical properties using spectral domain OCT techniques," in cooperation with the Biomedical Optics Laboratories of the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, September-December 2007.
February 2000 Research grant from the Dutch Governmental Research Foundation of Fundamental Research (FOM) and Philips Research to participate as a senior research fellow in "Optical Coherence Tomography: Theoretical and Practical Limitations of Minimally-Invasive Imaging of Biological Tissues," to be carried out at the Lasercentrum, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam , the NETHERLANDS, July 2000 - July 2002.
May 1998 Research grants from the Cultural and Scientific Agreements Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv University to participate in a research project on Laser welding of tissues as an invited scientist at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, July-August 1998.
April 1997 Junior faculty research grant from ITU covering living expenses to participate in a short project, "Effect of Tissue Coagulation on the Tensile Strength and Healing of Laser Fused/Welded Skin Lesions," as an invited postdoctoral scientist at UT Austin BELL, USA, March-June 1997.
December 1996 NATO-B2 postdoctoral research grant from TÜBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Research Council) covering travel expenses and health insurance to participate in a short project ("Effect of Tissue Coagulation on the Tensile Strength and Healing of Laser Fused/Welded Skin Lesions") as an invited postdoctoral scientist at UT Austin BELL, USA, March-June 1997.
September 1996 Registration fee waiver from  the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)  as the only research scientist working on laser-tissue interaction in TURKEY, to attend BiOS Europe/EUROPTO '96 Symposium held in Vienna, AUSTRIA, September 1996.
June 1994 Grant from prestigious Gordon Research Conferences to attend and present a distinguished student poster ("Controlled Temperature Tissue Fusion: Argon Laser Welding of Rat Small Intestine in vivo") at the Gordon Conference on "Lasers in Medicine and Biology," held in Meriden, New Hampshire, USA, July 1994.
March 1991 Grant from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), to attend and present a student paper ("The Effects of Thermal Damage and Dehydration on the Optical Properties of Biological Tissues") at the 10th Annual Meeting of ASLMS, held in San Diego, California, USA, April 1991.
August 1987 - August 1992 International Fulbright scholar, received a two-year full scholarship from Fulbright International Educational Exchange Commission to pursue graduate studies in the USA.
January - June 1987 Full scholarship from TÜBITAKto pursue graduate studies at Bio-Medical Engineering Institute in Boğaziçi University.