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Professor Dr. Gul Guner-Akdogan CV



ORPHEUS General Secretary

(EC member 2010-) (General Secretary 2014-)


Date of birth: 22.12.1950

Professor of Biochemistry, Department of† Biochemistry,† Basic Sciences Division, School of† Medicine-Dokuz Eyl¸l Dokuz Eyl¸l University

Graduate School of Health Sciences -School of Medicine, Inciraltı-35340 IZMIR/ TURKEY

Phone:† +90 ñ 232- 412 26 00

Fax: + 90 ñ 232- 277 65 84



Qualifications: (BSc, MSc, PhD)

1970-1974: BSc in Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Geneva University, Switzerland

1974-1975: MSc in Biochemstry, Faculty of Science, Geneva University, Switzerland

1975-1980: PhD in Biochemistry, Cerrahpaşa School† of Medicine, Istanbul University,Turkey


1992-present:Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Dokuz Eyl¸l University

2000-2010:Director, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Dokuz Eyl¸l University, Izmir

2000-2010: Member of University Senate

1996-1997:†††† Visiting Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Health† Sciences Center,† West Virginia University, USA (a two-month revisit was accomplished in 2001)

1987-1992: Associate Professor, Dept.Biochemistry, School of Medicine,†† Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey

1985-1987: Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Dokuz Eyl¸l University,Izmir

1980-1985: Post doctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Istanbul University


Other Appointments:

2009- present: Chairperson of FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Education Committee

2009- present: Member of FEBS Executive Committee

2009-present: Member of IUBMB (Internatipnal Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Education Committee

2010-† : Member of ORPHEUS Executive Committee

2010- : President of† Turkish Biochemical Society- Izmir Branch


Administrative Appointments (Dokuz Eyl¸l University-Izmir):

1990-1996† ;Vice Coordinator of Medical Education ; School of Medicine

1987 – 1997;Coordinator of Year 1, Medical Education (Integrated System);School of Medicine

1990-1996;Director, Medical Laboratory Program;College of Health Professions

1990 ñ 1996;Member of Board of Directors;College of Health Professions

1989-1994;Vice- Director, School† of Medical Biology;School of Medical Biology

1990-1996;Member of Committee-on-Learning Resources and Documentation;School of Medicine

990 ñ 1996; Member of Committee-on-International Relations;School of Medicine

1997-2003;President,† Problem ñ Based ñ Learning (PBL) First Year Committee ; School of Medicine

2002- Present;Director, Central Research Laboratory ; School of Medicine


Turkish Council of Science and† Technology (T‹BİTAK)

2005† – Present;Coordinator of the Izmir region for primary and secondary school research projects ;


Editorial Work:2007- present: Member of the Editorial Board of BAMBED (Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education) (USA)

2008-present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Bioscience Education e-Journal (UK)

1990-present: Member of the Editorial Board of six different journals (Turkey)



Research Training Administraiton, Innovations, and Supervision:

2008-2009: Project on ìplanning of post-graduate education and human resources in Health Sciences in Turkey-for the next ten yearsî.†

2000- present: Administration of post-graduate programs on the health campus as director of Health Sciences Institute (Graduate School) involved a series of innovations with the ultimate objectives of:

?††††††††† integrating the disciplines (integrated courses; example: ìThe Cellî, ìBasic Laboratory Methodsî

?††††††††† inaugurating ìmultidisciplinary MSc programsî: (Biomechanics, Medical† Physics, Medical Informatics,† Quality Improvement† and Accreditation in Health Services)

?††††††††† inaugurating ìinteractiveî – ìproblem-based coursesî : (How to Prepare a research project), etc.

?††††††††† improvement of the quality of theses, requiring at least one SCI publication before the PhD defenseÖ

?††††††††† inauguration of an innovative PhD model in the Graduate School of Health Sciences

(the innovative Dokuz Eylul PhD model was presented, focusing on the quality of research, in the Helsinki ORPHEUS Conference-September 2007).

1988- present: Supervisor for 10 PhD students and 4 MSc students

1988-present: Lectures in the PhD courses in Health Sciences Research, Medical Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine


Organization of Scientific/Educational Meetings, Symposia, Workshops:

2001- present :

?††††††††† organization of over 12 workshops on ìPost-Graduate Education and Supervisionî (Sofia-2008, Cluj-Napoca 2009, Athens, 2010, Izmir, Mersin, Istanbul, Ankara 2006-2010)

?††††††††† organization and† conduction of more than 10 FEBS Educational Sessions during FEBS Meetings

?††††††††† organisation and conduction of three FEBS Workshops on Biochemical Education (2008-Sofia, 2009-Napoca-Cluj, 2010-Athens)

?††††††††† contribution to the organization (chairship-co-chairship-membership of organizing committee) of over 55 scientific/educational meetings with† 20-2000 participants)


Selected Publications:

1. CAVDAR Z, SAYIN O, ALTUN Z, EGRİLMEZ MY, GENC S, GENC K, OKTAY G, ISLEKEL, H, GUNER G.Effect of Hypoxia and Hypoxia-Reoxygenation on Gelatinases, Their Inhibitor and Activator in Endothelial Cell Culture. Acta Biochim Pol. 2010;57(1):69-73. Epub 2010 Mar 10.

2. KOSSEKOVA, G & GUNER-AKDOGAN, G. Creation of web-based clinical case simulations and PBL tutorials in

medical biochemistry: Turkish-Bulgarian collaboration. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 2 (2010) 1597ñ1604.

3. KOCDOR H, KOCDOR MA, CANDA T, GUREL D, CEHRELİ R, YILMAZ O, ALAKAVUKLAR M, GUNER† G. Chemopreventive efficacies of rosiglitazone, fenretinide and their combination against rat mammary carcinogenesis. Clin Transl Oncol. 2009 Apr;11(4):243-9.

4.KOZACI† LD, G‹NER A, OKTAY G, GUNER G.Alterations in biochemical components of† extracellular matrix in intervertebral disc herniation: role of MMP-2 and TIMP-2 in type II collagen loss. Cell Biochem Funct. 2006 Sep-Oct;24(5):431-6.

5. NAKOMAN C, RESMİ H, AY O, A«IKEL N, ATABEY N, GUNER G. Effects of Basic Fibroblast Factor (bFGF) on MMP-2, TIMP-2, and type I Collagen Levels in Human Lung Carcinoma Fibroblasts. Biochimie 2005;87:343-351.

6. HARRIS CL, GUNER G, ARBOGAST CL, SALATI L, SHUMWAY JM, CONNERS J, BEATTIE D.: Integrated problem-based-learning for first-year students-Does it teach biochemical principles?† Biochem Educ 1997; 25(3):146-150. †

7. GUNER G, 7. SAKIZLI M, ERDAMAR İ, ÷NVURAL B, CERYAN K.: Preclinical medical training using the integrated system in Dokuz Eyl¸l University Medical School. Biochemical Education 1995; 23(19): 21 ñ 24.


Invited Talks

Over 50 invited talks (scientific and education), including two talks at ORPHEUS Conferences on post-graduate education (Helsinki 2007 and Vienna 2010)

Total number of publications: 52 (SCI+SCI expanded)

Member of ORPHEUS Executive Committee† since April 2010