University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Alptekin Aksan


Office: 241 Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 612-626-6618

Ph.D. 2002, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
M.S. 1995, B.S. 1992, Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


Bioencapsulation and Biostabilization Laboratories (Biogellabs)


Our research in this area focuses on understanding the mechanisms of damage biospecimens experience during processing and storage. We also focus on developing optimized and alternative biopreservation and storage techniques to ensure biospecimens of high quality can be stably stored for long periods of time, economically, and without losing the critical information they contain (read more)

Bacteria can metabolize chemicals that are toxic to most mammalian cells and they can survive supraphysiological temperatures, pressures, desiccation, exposure to radiation and vacuum. We utilize their special characteristics to design systems that can clean up water, make value chemicals and have self-repair characteristics (read more)

Tumor recurrence is a major clinical problem in cancer. Recent evidence suggests that solitary cancer cells can be shed into the bloodstream even at early stages of tumor growth, and infiltrate into distant organs. We develop methods to isolate some of these metastatic cell populations based on their dormancy potential (read more)