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Rector’s Office

Prof. Dr. Erdal Karaöz
After completing his graduate education at Dicle University in 1986, Dr Karaoz finished his “PhD” education in the Department of Histology and Embryology of the Medical Faculty of Gazi University. He achieved the title of “Associate Professor” in 1996 and “Professor” in 2002. He has conducted research in the fields of Stem Cell, Tissue Engineering and Gene Therapies from 2000 until present, Dr Karaoz also carried out studies on “Embryonic Stem Cell and Islet Transplantation” at Harvard University in the USA in 2005. Having published 4 books, 11 book chapter authorships – 7 of which were international, 158 published articles – 102 of which were international, Dr Karaoz founded the “Research and Application Center of Stem Cell and Gene Therapies at Kocaeli University” (KOGEM) as the first institutive R&D center of Turkey in this field in 2007. He organized 23 national and international courses about “Stem Cell, Tissue Engineering and Endometrium-Embryo Co-Culture” during his time at KOGEM. Within this period, he served as coordinator, researcher and consultant in many national and international projects, 30 of which were TUBITAK projects.
 

Halit Tanju BESLER
Prof. Halit Tanju BESLER
Vice Rector
Education
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0850 283 6000
He has graduated from Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and he has got his master degree in Graduate School of Health Sciences in Hacettepe University between 1981-1988. He has continued to study for doctorate until at the end of 1991 in the Graduate School of Health Sciences and has been qualified for PhD. He has gained postgraduate education scholarship at the end of 1991 from the YÖK by Law No. 2547, Article 33 with the intend of taking doctorate at University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He has been qualified for doctorate at University of Southampton in Faculty of Medicine in Human Nutrition Department in 1995 and has turned back to Turkey. He has become associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2003 at the same university. He has been practicing extensive educational and teaching activities in the fields of nutrition sciences and dietetics. He has been continuing the educational and research activities especially in the fields of “biochemistry of nutrition” and “metabolic and biochemical changes in nutrition related diseases”. He has conducted a great amount of postgraduate and doctorate studies. He has retired willingly on February 16 in 2016 after he has worked at Hacettepe University between September 1986-February 2016 which lasts almost thirty years. He has begun to work at Eastern Mediterranean University in TRNC as a full time faculty member in Faculty of Health Sciences. At this university he has taken charge many of administrative duties like head of department, vice rector responsible for student and academic affairs. He has left Eastern Mediterranean University willingly and he has begun to work as a faculty member at Istinye University in Faculty of Health Sciences in Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has worked as advisor and commissioner at many ministries like Ministry Of Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry Of National Education, Ministry Of Agriculture. He has been continuing journal refereeing for the national and international journals with the subjects of food, nutrition, and health. He has participated in the National Food Codex as a commissioner for two periods as between 2012-2014 and between 2014-2016 as a scientist delegate of the Ministry of Health. He had been member in Expertise Sub-Committee like Oil, Labelling, and Health Claim etc. He has been advisor on the issues on product development in food sector, evaluation of existing products in terms of consumers’ health, and on the concepts of healthy, adequate, and balanced nutrition. He is a science committee member in Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation in the meantime. He has received supports for many of both national and foreign projects and conducted them. He has both national and international publications and he is a member in scientific foundations and in professional associations. He is married and father of two sons.
 
 

Engin Ulukaya

Prof. Engin Ulukaya
Vice Rector
-Research and Development
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eulukaya@istinye.edu.tr
0850 283 6000

Professor Dr. Engin Ulukaya, after graduating from Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty in 1987, completed his Medical Biochemistry specialization at Uludağ University. He completed his doctorate (PhD) at the University of Leeds (UK), School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is working on basic cancer research, cell death, cancer drug development, and personal oncology. In addition to being the chair of the Molecular Cancer Research Association (MOKAD), he is a member of the Council in EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) and a full member of the EORTC PathoBiology subgroup. He has published 137 articles in international journals (Google Scholar H index: 32, Number of citations: 3385). He received the “promising laboratory physician” award at the world pathology and laboratory medicine association (WASPALM) congress held in South Korea in 2003 and was awarded the WASPALM medal. He also has 32 awards in various categories, 3 of which are abroad. He is the Dean of Health Sciences at Istinye University. He is also the Director of the Molecular Cancer Application and Research Center (ISUMKAM) of the same university.

 
 

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Dr. Cem Duran
Advisor to the Rector
-Innovation, Technopark and Technology
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0850 283 6000
Graduated from Istanbul University Maritime Transportation And Management Engineering in 2000. He completed his master degree in Product Management and Marketing from Marmara University and he has an MBA degree from Istanbul Technical University. Cem Duran received his Ph.D after completing his thesis in Customer Experience Management from Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Cem Duran participated “Coaching Skills for Manager” certificate program in New York University after working 2 years as Marketing Specialist in Institute of Behavioral Sciences. In 2007, he worked 5 years in IDO (Istanbul Seabus Administration) as Business Development Manager and played an active role on privatization process of the company. In the same period he founded EDDRA, Turkey’s first & only Photo Marketing Agency which later become biggest player in its market. He took active role in many entrepreneur accelerating program’s assessment processes and provided mentorship to entrepreneurs in several projects. In 2014, he started working as Technology Transfer Manager and Deputy General Manager in Yıldız Technical University’s Yıldız Teknopark. During this time he consulted foundation of many Techno Parks and Technology Transfer Offices. From the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2018, he worked as Head of Department in Management Information Systems in İstinye University and founded and managed the university’s Technology Transfer Office at the same time. He was appointed Deputy General Manager of Teknopark İstanbul by 2018. He gives lectures on “Entrepreneurship” and “Strategic Marketing Management” in master programs of İstinye University and Istanbul Commerce University.
 

Pınar Özuyar
Dr. Pınar Gökçin Özuyar
Advisor to the Rector
-Sustainability
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0850 283 6000
Following Üsküdar American Academy, she received her BS degree in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1992 and  MS and PhD degrees from Bogazici University Institute of Environmental Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey. Her PhD thesis was based on the “Thermodynamic Analysis of Treatment Plants for Producing Energy from Solid Waste” which she conducted in Germany with a joint scholarship from ForschungZentrum Jülich  and TUBITAK (National Science Foundation of Turkey).
Defining herself as a pracademic, she has more than 25 years of experience not only in academia but also in private sector working on environment and sector-specific activities in Turkey and Dubai (UAE). She has extensive expertise specifically in Environmental Auditing according to World Bank Standards which is required for international financing especially during  company M&As and greenfield projects. Working over the years in projects involving different stakeholder groups with different priorities, she has the proven capacity for establishing a dialogue between such stakeholder groups. Although coming from a technical background, her academic work focuses on involving sustainable development into the strategies of corporations including higher academic institutions and she teaches and leads funded research on sustainability / sustainable development especially focusing on industrial ecology and regional development. Furthermore, she is an editor and board member of the Springer’s ‘Encyclopedia for Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions' and ' Encyclopedia for Sustainable Development Goals'. Dr. Özuyar is also a member of the academic committee in the 'Journal of Sustainability of Higher Education' and 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'.
 

Prof. Dr. Zeynep Kızıltepe
Prof. Zeynep Kızıltepe
Advisor to the Rector
-Education and Training Processes
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0850 283 6000
Dr. Kızıltepe, Robert Koleji bitirdikten sonra, lisans ve öğretmenlik eğitimini Boğaziçi Üniversitesi İngiliz Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü’nde; yüksek lisansını ise aynı üniversitenin Psikoloji Bölümü’nde tamamladı. Uzun yıllar çeşitli eğitim kurumlarında İngilizce öğretmeni ve yönetici olarak çalıştı. Daha sonra, University of Exeter’dan doktora derecesini Eğitim alanından aldıktan sonra, 1996 yılında Boğaziçi Üniversitesinin Eğitim Fakültesinde önce Yabancı Diller Eğitimi Bölümüne, 2001 yılında ise aynı fakültenin Eğitim Bilimleri Bölümüne geçti. Dr. Kızıltepe, Boğaziçi Üniversitesinde Rektör Danışmanlığı, Dekan Yardımcılığı ve Bölüm Başkanlığı gibi idari görevlerde bulundu; üniversitenin çeşitli kurul ve komisyonlarında görev yaptı. BÜYEM (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yaşamboyu Eğitim Merkezi) Öğretmen Akademisini kurdu ve akademinin koordinatörü oldu ve aynı zamanda üniversitenin okulöncesi biriminin koordinatörlüğünü yaptı. Kısa süreli olarak Uluslararası İlişkiler Ofisi koordinatörlüğü görevinde bulundu. Üniversite dışında ise, çeşitli eğitim kurumlarında kısa ve uzun süreli olarak akademik danışmanlıklar yaptı. 2020 yılının başında Boğaziçi Üniversitesinden emekli oldu ancak bölümünde yarı zamanlı olarak ders vermeye ve BÜYEM Öğretmen Akademisindeki koordinatörlük görevine devam etmektedir. Dr. Kızıltepe’nin yurt içinde ve yurt dışında (ABD, İngiltere, Belçika, Hollanda, Hindistan, Japonya) yayınlanmış çeşitli bilimsel makaleleri, bilimsel kitap bölümleri vardır. Türkiye’de yayınlanmış Öğretişim - Eğitim Psikolojisine Çağdaş Bir Yaklaşım ve editörlüğünü yaptığı Çocuklarda Özgüven Hakkında Her Şey adlı iki kitabı vardır. Ayrıca, yurtdışında Peter Lang Publishers’dan yayımlanan ‘Motivational Issues in Teaching’ adlı bir kitabı mevcuttur.
 

Şebnem Özdemiir
Dr. Şebnem Özdemir
Advisor to the Rector
-It
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0850 283 6000
Sebnem Ozdemir received her B.Sc. degree in Mathematics (Yıldız Technical University), as well as the M.A. in Mathematics Education and M.Sc. in Informatics (İstanbul University). She received her Ph.D. degree from İstanbul University (IU), İstanbul Turkey. She was a visiting researcher in Electronics and Computing Engineering Department (Worcester Polytechnic Institute- WPI) for her postdoc research, Worcester, MA, USA. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Management Information Systems, Istinye University, İstanbul, Turkey. Besides, she works for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (MIT CSAIL). With the machine learning based model, she built, Mrs. Ozdemir was received the “Contribution to Human Development Award” by Koc University UNESCO Chair. Earlier this year (2018), she began to integrate a new and closely-related research stream with her students, which is called “Deep Projects,” that involves deep learning algorithms and methodologies. The first of these projects, “Deep Classical Art,” relates to pattern recognition and reproductions, which are hidden in the Anatolian and Ottoman art, such as marbling (Ebru), ornamentation (Tezhip), and tapis. Prior to the aforementioned projects, she used mathematical modelling to predict juvenile crime. Her work with others on a multidisciplinary project team led to the design and implementation of decision support systems that identifies at-risk children. She has many published papers, book chapters and patents related to data science and machine learning. Ozdemir’s research fields are artificial intelligence, data science, management information systems, decision making, mathematical modelling.
 

Tayfun UTAŞ
Dr. Üyesi Tayfun Utaş
Advisor to the Rector
-University Industry Collaborations
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0850 283 6000
Tayfun Utas, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and a master degree in MBA Turkish program at Istanbul University in 1994 and then he completed his master degree in Social Science Institute Faculty of Management Department of Production Management in Istanbul University with the dissertation of ‘’ "Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) in Lean Manufacturing and an Application" and with the dissertation of ‘’ 'Within the Scope of Hybrid Business Features Theory of Business Motivation of Blue-collars' he graduated from department of Business doctorate programme in 2016. Tayfun Utas has implemented projects on Toyota Production and Lean Manufacturing systems throughout his business life. He conducted a series of activities and has performed the leadership and application of many projects about Production Compund Systems. About Total Productive Management( TPM), he takes possession of the certificate "JIPM Instructor" certificate issued by JIPM Japan Enstitute Plant Maintenance organization. After these studies, he gained the reward ‘’World TPM’’. He trained Lean Sigma applications in Chamber of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Chamber of Industry and various companies and he lectured about TPM and Lean Sigma. With Istanbul Chamber of Industry, he wrote manuals with co-workers about TPM and 5S for SMEs. Tayfun Utas who has a Six Sigma Black Belt certificate, as of 2012, has directed many projects. Tayfun Utas who started his business life in 1988 as a chief of production in a private Corporation, he worked as a manager in different units of private corporations between 1991-2017. Tayfun Utas works as an Operations Director in an international private company.
 

Esra Bayhantopçu
Dr. Esra Bayhantopçu
Advisor to the Rector
-Strategic Process Management
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0850 283 6000
Esra Bayhantopçu completed joint international PhD study program and graduated from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, Political Science Department and Galatasaray University, Media and Communication Studies Department in 2017. While she was doing her PhD research at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, she stayed at Paris between 2014-2016 with the support of Tübitak International PhD Fellowship Program and wrote her doctoral thesis on the subject of ‘marriage of underage girls problem in Turkey and its media discourse analysis on Turkish print and social media’. In the spring semester of 2018, she gave lectures at Bahçeşehir University Master Programme as a visiting lecturer. Esra Bayhantopçu completed her master degree in Galatasaray University, Marketing Communication Department in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in Dokuz Eylül University, Management Department in 2004. Aside from her academic life, she has been working in professional business life since 2005. During her academic studies, she also has been working as a consultant in the field of Corporate Sustainability since 2010. She is among the first sustainability consultants of Turkey in this field and provides consultancy to leading national and international companies about on Corporate Sustainability strategy, process Management and reporting. Esra Bayhantopçu has been doing academic researches on sustainability, media and communication, gender and children's rights, and she wrote articles and book chapter in these areas.Esra Bayhantopçu completed joint international PhD study program and graduated from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, Political Science Department and Galatasaray University, Media and Communication Studies Department in 2017. While she was doing her PhD research at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, she stayed at Paris between 2014-2016 with the support of Tübitak International PhD Fellowship Program and wrote her doctoral thesis on the subject of ‘marriage of underage girls problem in Turkey and its media discourse analysis on Turkish print and social media’. In the spring semester of 2018, she gave lectures at Bahçeşehir University Master Programme as a visiting lecturer. Esra Bayhantopçu completed her master degree in Galatasaray University, Marketing Communication Department in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in Dokuz Eylül University, Management Department in 2004. Aside from her academic life, she has been working in professional business life since 2005. During her academic studies, she also has been working as a consultant in the field of Corporate Sustainability since 2010. She is among the first sustainability consultants of Turkey in this field and provides consultancy to leading national and international companies about on Corporate Sustainability strategy, process Management and reporting. Esra Bayhantopçu has been doing academic researches on sustainability, media and communication, gender and children's rights, and she wrote articles and book chapter in these areas.