Assoc. Prof. Sedat Nizamoğlu, of our Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has been awarded with the ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant for his highly interdisciplinary research project involving electronics engineering, physics, chemistry and medicine to develop a retina implant against blindness due to photoreceptor degeneration that will restore high-quality vision by bioelectronic stimulation of remaining healthy neural networks in the retina.

With his team, he combines nanomaterials with unconventional electronic approaches to develop novel – the first in the world retinal implants that might find lasting solutions to blindness. His outstanding project was selected from highly competitive 2,652 submitted proposals from all across Europe and was among the top 12% which received funding.

Dr. Sedat Nizamoğlu’s project “Retinal Mesh Optoelectronics” will be supported with 2 Million Euros for five years and honors him as the first scientist in Türkiye to secure 2 prestigious main ERC Grants (excluding ERC Proof-of-Concept Grants), i.e., an ERC Starting Grant in 2015 for his project titled “Novel Nanoengineered Optoelectronic Biointerfaces” with €1.5M funding followed by an ERC Consolidator Grant 2022.

We wholeheartedly congratulate Dr. Sedat Nizamoğlu for his outstanding accomplishment.