About Me

  • Full Name:Onurcan Sahin
  • Email:info@onurcansahin.eu
  • Website:www.onurcansahin.com

I completed my Bachelor's of Science degree at the physics engineering department at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). The department provides a variety of courses to its students, who can shape their knowledge depending on their professional interests. The basis of my professional skills such as scientific thinking, physics, electronics, robotics, mechanics, and programming was established in the physics engineering department.

Upon graduating, I wished to extend my knowledge of the control of automated systems and robotics. I applied and was accepted into the system dynamics and control program run by the mechanical engineering department in ITU. After completing the master courses in the first year, I wanted to use the opportunity of spare time by working while completing my graduation project and thesis.

Although I had the option of working as a student assistant in the physics engineering department, my first actual working experience was in Dunyagoz hospital group as a physics engineer. In Dunyagoz, I had the unique opportunity of working with people with various specialties such as doctors, nurses, patients and service personnel from some of the biggest medical companies. Besides of the responsibilities related to the medical devices and equipment, part of my duties was assisting doctors during the refractive surgeries. I assisted over 7000 refractive operations such as photorefractive keratectomy, Lasik and corneal crosslinking. As a scientist and an engineer, observing and understanding the demands and problems of various medical devices was a unique opportunity. Furthermore, this understanding was not only limited to the device itself but was also related to the people using and servicing it. In this environment, I observed a deficiency in corneal crosslinking surgeries and I created a system for improving the surgery. This project became my final project for my thesis and my Master’s degree.

During my duty at Dunyagoz, I had the opportunity to meet with prof. Ioannis Pallikaris who is the inventor of the Lasik technique. After exchanging my resume and projects, I was offered the PhD position and the Marie Curie scholarship. Thus, I have become a member of the “Opal” project which was an Initial Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under the Marie Curie Actions. During this project we developed an optomechatronic device called “Sigma” with Dr. Harilaos Ginis. Sigma was the first device which was capable of measuring intraocular scattering optically. The design, development and manufacturing of Sigma were completed in the Institute of Vision and Optics, University of Crete. The patient studies were conducted in the ophthalmology clinic of the University General Hospital of Heraklion. I was entitled doctor of philosophy from the School of Medicine, University of Crete, after presenting the outcomes of these studies.

My next professional decision was accepting the job offer from Dunyagoz when prof. Pallikaris became the medical director of the group. I was offered a manager position in the research and development department. We aimed to create a scientific infrastructure in the group. I held responsibilities for controlling and supervising the clinical studies in the hospital. Furthermore, we enrolled in several technical studies with universities and pharmaceutical companies.

At the end of the two years prof. decided not to continue his position in the group. After this point, one of the long-standing projects was funded by private investors. Thus, the EYEPCR B.V. was established and I was offered the product manager position as well as a postdoc position in the University of Crete. In EYEPCR, we aim to develop an intraocular implant for cataract surgeries. The design, production and certification of the device are my responsibilities and currently we are in the clinical trial phase, as well as obtaining the CE mark.

In summary

I have deep interest on mechanics, electronics, programming and optics. I love to come to work dig deep down and create knowledge which nobody has ever been there before. Work on subjects, algorithms, patents which you cannot just search on google or get from github/stackoverflow or watch how to videos on youtube.

It is challenging most of the time and i have to accept that sometimes it is very difficult. However, It is still like a dream for me doing research and developing novel devices, trying to see the world in a different perspective.

I still feel the same joy and excitement of a 5-year-old who plays with LEGOs. I honestly believe that people like me, whom are aged children, just likes to play with their own LEGOs. The only difference is our LEGOs cost much more than a 5-year-old’s & we get paid for that.

Thank you.

Onurcan Sahin

My Resume

  • Work Experience

  • Lecturer

    Medical Mechatronics | Electronic and Communication Circuits

    Yildiz Technical University | Spring 2021

    Istanbul - Turkey

  • Production Manager

    EYEPCR B.V. | 2018 - 2021

    Amsterdam - Netherlands

  • Researcher

    University of Crete | 2018 - 2021

    Heraklion - Greece

  • R&D Manager

    Dunyagoz Hospital Group | 2015 - 2018

    Istanbul - Turkey

  • Researcher - Marie Curie ITN E.U. Project

    University of Crete | 2011 - 2014

    Heraklion - Greece

  • Physics Engineer

    Dunyagoz Hospital Group | 2009 - 2011

    Istanbul - Turkey

  • Student Assistantship - Laboratory Assistant

    Istanbul Technical University | 2005 - 2008

    Istanbul - Turkey

  • Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy

    University of Crete | 2012 - 2018

    Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Vision and Optics.


  • Master's Degree

    Istanbul Technical University | 2008 - 2011

    Institute of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, System Dynamics and Control.


  • Bachelor's Degree

    Istanbul Technical University | 2004 - 2008

    Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of Physics Engineering, Physics Engineering.


  • High School

    Kadir Has Anatolian H.S. | 1999 - 2003

    Majored in science and mathematics.


  • SCI and SCI-Exp Journals

  • Preservation of capsular transparency and geometrical consistency in cataract surgery using a novel intracapsular ring

    Journal of Clinical Research and Ophthalmology - 2020 - P010

    Ahmed Elmassry, Onurcan Sahin , Loukia Leonidou, Dimitris Liakopoullos, Harilaos Ginis, Aristophanis Pallikaris and Ioannis Pallikaris

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  • Visual, refractive and topographic outcomes of progressive thickness intrastromal corneal ring segments for keratoconic eyes

    International Ophthalmology - 2020 - P009

    Efekan Coskunseven, Renato Ambrosio Jr., Adriana Smoradkova, Francisco Sanchez Leon, Onurcan Sahin, Isilay Kavadarli, Mirko R. Jankov II

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  • The effects of implantable collamer lens implantation on higher order aberrations

    International Journal of Ophthalmology - 2017 - P008

    Belma Kayhan, Efekan Coskunseven, Onurcan Sahin , Ioannis Pallikaris

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  • Four-stage procedure for keratoconus: intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation, corneal cross-linking, toric phakic intraocular lens and topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy

    Journal of Refractive Surgery - 2017 - P007

    Efekan Coskunseven, Daya Papalkar Sharma, Michael A. Grentzelos, Onurcan Sahin, George D. Kymionis, Ioannis Pallikaris

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  • Refractive Outcomes of 20 eyes which underwent ICL implantation for correction of hyperopic astigmatism

    Journal of Refractive Surgery - 2017 - P006

    Efekan Coskunseven, Isilay Kavadarli, Onurcan Sahin, Belma Kayhan, Ioannis Pallikaris

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  • Optical Measurement of Straylight in Eyes with Cataract

    Journal of Refractive Surgery - 2016 - P005

    Onurcan Sahin, Alexandros Pennos, Harilaos Ginis, Lucia Hervella, Eloy Villegas, Belen Cañizares, Jose Maria Marin, Ioannis Pallikaris, Pablo Artal

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  • Design and control of a visual servomechanism for automating corneal cross linking treatment on keratoconus patients

    Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences - 2015 - P004

    Onurcan Sahin, Erdinç Altuğ

    Journal Link - Request

  • Compact optical integration instrument to measure intraocular straylight

    Biomedical Optics Express - 2014 - P003

    Harilaos Ginis, Onurcan Sahin, Alexandros Pennos and Pablo Artal

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  • Book Chapters

  • Femtosecond Laser Surgery in Ophthalmology

    Thieme - 2018

    Chapter 3, Ioannis Pallikaris, Onurcan Sahin
    Chapter 12, Efekan Coskunseven, Ioannis Pallikaris, Onurcan Sahin,
    ISBN: 9781626232365


  • Corneal cross-linking 2nd edition

    SLACK Inc. - 2017

    Chapter 32, Efekan Coskunseven, Onurcan Sahin,
    ISBN: 1630912107


  • Patents

  • Device for Reconstruction of a Lens Capsule after Cataract Surgery. (Extension)

    US 2018

    Ioannis Pallikaris, Onurcan Sahin, Harilaos Ginis


  • Device for Reconstruction of a Lens Capsule after Cataract Surgery

    US 2017 - WO, EP, JP CA, AU, CN, KR 2018

    Ioannis Pallikaris, Onurcan Sahin


  • International Proceedings

  • Preliminary Results with the fix-O-flex Intracapsular Ring

    European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons. “ESCRS"
    Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2020 - (Online due to COVID19)

    Ahmed Elmassry, Loukia Leonidou, Onurcan Sahin, Ioannis Pallikaris


  • Modern Understanding of Accommodation: Treatment Approaches, Current and Future: Aberrations & Multifocality in IOL’s

    American Academy of Ophthalmology. "AAO"
    San Francisco, USA - 2019

    Onurcan Sahin


  • A new method for correcting an irregular surface of a cornea

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science “ARVO"
    Vancouver, Canada - 2019

    Ioannis Pallikaris, Eirini Naoumidi, Onurcan Sahin


  • Corneal Suture Robot for Keratoplasty Operations

    31st International Congress of the Hellenic´ Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery.
    Athens, Greece - 2017

    Tunc Kose, Onurcan Sahin, Kadir Erkan, Huseyin Uvet, Ioannis Pallikaris.


  • The importance of fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging to establish patient eligibility for the Argus II retinal prosthesis system

    European Journal Of Ophthalmology.
    Florentina, Florence, Italy - 2017

    Nilufer Unal, Onurcan Sahin, Yusuf Ziya Arslan, Recai Arslantas, Ioannis Pallikaris


  • Clinical validation of a compact optical straylight meter in cataract patients

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science “ARVO"
    Denver, USA - 2015

    Harilaos S Ginis, Alexandros Pennos, Lucia Hervella, Eloy A Villegas, Onurcan Sahin, Belen Cañizares, Jose María Marín, Pablo Artal


  • Fast optical measurement of intraocular straylight

    International Society for Optics and Photonics.
    San Francisco, USA - 2015

    Harilaos Ginis, Onurcan Sahin, Pablo Artal


  • A LED based device for transscleral photodynamic ablation of the ciliary body in rabbits using Verteporfin

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science “ARVO"
    Orlando, USA - 2014

    Miltiadis K Tsilimbaris, Roulina Niavi, Onurcan Sahin, Chrysanthi Tsika, Irene Naoumidi


  • Clinical instrument for the optical measurement of straylight in the human eye

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science "ARVO"
    Orlando, USA - 2014 - P002

    Onurcan Sahin, Harilaos S Ginis, Miltiadis K Tsilimbaris, Pablo Artal

    Link - Request

  • A novel compact optical instrument for the clinical measurement of intraocular light scattering

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science “ARVO"
    Seattle, USA - 2013

    Onurcan Sahin, Harilaos Ginis, Guillermo Perez, Juan Bueno, Pablo Artal


  • Measuring Intraocular Scattering with Spatio-temporally Modulated Light

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science "ARVO"
    Miami, USA - 2012 - P001

    Onurcan Sahin, Harilaos S Ginis, Guillermo M Perez, Juan M Bueno, Pablo Artal

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Future Skills

Here are some new skill that I am interested. Currently, I am studying and trying to learn and improve myself.

  • Python (on progress)
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep learining & AI
  • Advanced C# & 2-3D Content creation

Technical Reports & Projects

Project on Biomedical Devices - Completed

One ventilator for two patients

Laboratory of Vision and Optics & University Hospital of Heraklion, Greece

Project on Biomedical Devices - On Progress

Device for Reconstruction of a Lens Capsule after Cataract Surgery

EYEPCR B.V., Netherlands

Project on Biomedical Devices - Completed

Automated suture device for corneal transplantation surgeries

Dunyagoz Hospitals & Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

Project on Opto-Mechatronics - PhD. Thesis - Completed

Fast optical measurements of stray-light in human eye

University of Crete, Greece

Project on Biomedical Devices - Completed

A LED based device for transscleral photodynamic ablation of the ciliary body in rabbits using Verteporfin

University of Crete, Greece

Project on Biomedical Devices and System Dynamics and Control - MSc. Thesis - Completed

Design and control of a visual servomechanism system for automating corneal cross-linking treatment on keratoconus patients

University of Crete, Greece

Project on Robotics - Completed

Laser guided robot with autonomous computer assistance

National-Wide Robot Olympics Project, Turkey

Future Projects

Here are some projects & and topics that I am interested and working on.

Project on Biomedical Devices - Ongoing

Finite element modelling of human lens capsule.

Laboratory of Vision and Optics & University of crete, Greece

Project on Mechatronics - On Progress

Lidar Sensors & implementations

Project on Mechatronics - On Progress

LoRa Technology & implementations


PTE Academic - 81/90; Istanbul, Turkey, 2021

Certificate of Attendance: American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting;

  • San Francisco, USA - Oct 2019 “Oral Presentation"* - View
  • Chicago, USA - Oct 2016 “Poster Presentation" - View
  • Las Vegas, USA - Nov 2015, “Contributor” - View

Certificate of Attendance: The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting;

  • Virtual Meeting - May 2021. "Presentation”* - View
  • Vancouver, Canada - May 2019. “Poster Presentation”* - View
  • Orlando, USA - May 2014, “Exhibitor & Poster Presentation” - View
  • Seattle, USA - May 2013. “Poster Presentation” - View
  • Miami, USA - May 2012. “Poster Presentation” - View

Certificate of Attendance: International Conference on Science and Technology;

  • Ankara, Turkey - Oct 2016, “Contributor” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Aegean Cornea;

  • Crete, Greece - August 2021, “International Faculty Member”*- View
  • Chania, Greece - July 2016, “Oral Presentation & International Faculty Member” - View
  • Rethymno, Greece - July 2012, “Contributor” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Institute of Vision & Optics, University of Crete Summer School;

  • Chania, Greece - June 2016 - View
  • Santorini, Greece - July 2013 - View
  • Rethymno, Greece - June 2012 - View
  • Hersonissos, Greece - Aug 2011

Certificate of Attendance: European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons;

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (Online) - Annual Meeting - Feb 2020, "Poster Presentation"*
  • Athens, Greece - Winter Meeting - Feb 2016, “Contributor” - View
  • Istanbul, Turkey - Winter Meeting - Feb 2015, “Contributor” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Aegean Retina;

  • Mykonos, Greece - July 2015, “Oral Presentation” - View
  • Santorini, Greece - July 2013, “Oral Presentation” - View

Certificate of Attendance: International Forum on Optics, Iranian Research Association for Vision and Ophthalmology;

  • Tehran, Iran - Mar 2015, “Oral Presentation”

Certificate of Attendance: 2nd Congress of Clinical Research in Turkey;

  • Istanbul, Turkey - March 2015, “Contributor” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Royal Institute of Technology, AlbaNova Biomedical and X-Ray Physics;

  • Stockholm, Sweden - May 2014, "Training Course" - View

Certificate of Attendance: Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO);

  • Groningen, Netherlands - May 2014, “Private Sector Collaboration” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Young Researcher Vision Camp;

  • Leibertingen, Germany - June 2013, “Poster Presentation” - View

Certificate of Attendance; EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations;

  • Brussels, Belgium - March 2013. Mid-Term Review Meeting for “OPAL” network. “Poster and Oral presentation” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Laboratorio de Optica, departamento de Física, Universidad de Murcia (LO·UM),

  • Murcia, Spain - Feb 2013. “Lab Exchange” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Initial Training Network ‘OPAL’;

  • Tubingen, Germany - Dec 2012. “Training Course” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Laboratorio de Optica, epartamento de Física, Universidad de Murcia (LO·UM),

  • Murcia, Spain - November 2012. “Lab Exchange” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Instituto de Óptica "Daza de Valdés", Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab;

  • Madrid, Spain - Sep 2012, “Summer School” - View

Certificate of Attendance: Initial Training Network ‘OPAL’, Rodenstock GmbH;

  • Munich, Germany - May 2012, “Training Course” on “Insight in to Industrial Research and Development.” - View

Certificate of Attendance: University of Tubingen, Competence Centre for University Teaching in Medicine;

  • Tubingen, Germany - March 2012, “Training Course” - View

Honor List; Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007

English Language Education; Pilgrims, Canterbury, England, 2000.

*Presented with red are the most recent certificates.

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