Taner Dursun


e-mail: taner.dursun[@]

Graduated from Istanbul Technical University Computer Engineering Dept (in 1994)
After MSc from same department pursued academical research under title of Policy Based Management of Parallel and Distributed Computing Platforms. 25+ years experience in many aspects of IT, specializing in parallel and distributed computing systems, information security, cryptography, management technologies, and software engineering. 23 years in TUBITAK BILGEM (Informatics and Information Security Research Center) in charge of roles such as developer, analyst, system engineer, lead developer, and manager of various projects for development of national large-scale distributed systems. Currently, employed as the Blockchain Research Lab Director of TÜBITAK BILGEM. Current research topics are blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and decentralized identity management systems.


İsa Sertkaya, PhD

Chief Researcher, BCLAB Vice Director

e-mail: isa.sertkaya[@]

İsa joined to TÜBİTAK BİLGEM UEKAE in 2002 after receiving his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics at Middle East Technical University in 2002. In 2004, he completed his M.Sc. studies in Cryptography at Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University. After involved in various cryptography related projects in BİLGEM UEKAE, in 2012 he promoted to be a Chief Researcher and in 2013 he anticipated in foundation of the Mathematical and Computational Labs at BİLGEM UEKAE. He completed his Ph.D. studies on Boolean functions in Cryptography at Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University in 2014. Currently, he is affiliated with Mathematical and Computational Unit and Blockchain Research Lab. His main research interests include privacy enhancing technologies, pairing-based cryptography, cloud computing security and privacy, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies. He is also tutoring both undergraduate and graduate lectures at Middle East Technical University and Gebze Technical University as a visiting lecturer.


Öznur Kalkar

Senior Researcher

e-mail: oznur.arabaci[@]

Öznur Kalkar received her bachelor's and masters degree in Mathematics at Koc University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. She has been working at TUBITAK BILGEM since 2015 and continues her doctoral studies at Gebze Technical University in Mathematics department. She studies on cryptocurrency design, blockchain technologies, cryptographic protocols,  security and privacy in cloud, elliptic curve cryptography, and pairing-based cryptography.


Nevzat Özcandan


e-mail: nevzat.ozcandan[@]

Nevzat Özcandan received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Yeditepe University in 2016. After receiving his B.Sc. degree, he joined to NETAŞ (4.5G / LTE-Advanced Macro eNodeB Development ULAK Project) as software engineer until 2018. He has been working at TUBITAK BILGEM since 2018 and continues his M.Sc. studies in Marmara University, Computer Engineering department. His main research interests include blockchain (Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric/Indy, Quorum, Corda), cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and decentralized applications and identity management systems (DApps & DIDs).


Abdulhamit Kumru

Candidate Researcher


Abdulhamit Kumru continues his undergraduate education at Kocaeli University Computer Engineering department. He started working as a candidate researcher at TÜBİTAK BİLGEM in 2020. His research interests are blockchain, cryptocurrencies, web authentication technologies, decentralized identifiers and free software.


Mert Şamil Gül

Candidate Researcher    

e-mail: mert.gul-b[@]

Mert Şamil Gül, after his graduation from Fethiye Fen high school, started to get his bachelor degree at Yıldız Techinal University Computer Engineering. He started as an intern at Tübitak BİLGEM in 2020 and continues to work as a candidate researcher. During this period, he conducted research on blockchain consensus algorithms, blockchain cryptology and tracking of cryptocurrencies.


Caner Emeç

Candidate Researcher

e-posta: caner.emec-b[@]

Caner Emeç, received his bachelor of science degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Yildiz Technical University in 2019. It is expected to complete his bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering, which started in 2017, in 2021. He has been working as a candidate researcher at TÜBİTAK BİLGEM since 2020. His research interests include blockchain technologies, Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum, Avalanche and consensus algorithms.


Etkin Pınar

Candidate Researcher

e-posta: etkin.pinar-b[@]

Etkin Pınar, completed his undergraduate education at Yıldız Technical University Computer Engineering Department in 2021. He started to work as a candidate researcher at TÜBİTAK BİLGEM while he was continuing his undergraduate education. He has been working on blockchain consensus algorithms and blockchain cryptology as a candidate researcher in the BİLGEM Blockchain Lab since 2021.