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
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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.

Şafak Ural
Prof. Hayri Şafak Ural
Vice Rector
-Social Sciences Administration
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Prof. Hayri Şafak Ural graduated from the Faculty of Language History and Geography Philosophy department in 1971. He achieved the title of doctor with his study called "An Essay on Determining the Principle of Simplicity in Positive Sciences" in 1978. Between 1979-1980, he worked at the Philosophy Institute of the University of Vienna. He served as the Vice President of Istanbul University between 2004-2009. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Logic of which he is the founder and chairman, Faculty of Letters at İstanbul University between 2000-2015; he established the Istanbul University Logic Application and Research Center in 2014 and served as the president of the center in 2015. He was head of the Philosophy Department between 1989 and 2015. He became the chairman of the Logic Implementation Association on 16 December 2014 and was elected as the first president of the Logic Association on 12 January 2015. He has been organizing Logic Employee since 2012 and Logic Summer School since 2014.

Dr. Öğretim Üyesi Cem Duran
Advisor to the Rector
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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.