The Steering Committee is chaired by the ERA Chair Holder and consists of one representative per participating Koç University (KU) departments involved in the project as well as of representatives from the KU Board of Directors. The SC will act as the formal decision-making body of the project, dealing with all key strategic project decisions, ensuring the supervision of the project strategy, work quality, and good coordination among the various departments of KU. Finally, the SC also coordinates and manages items affecting the contractual terms with the EC.
Erdal M. Aksoy

Aksoy, Erdal M(ehmet) (b. May 11, 1974, Istanbul), physician and director. Chief physician and medical director at the Koç University Hospital since 2015. Aksoy graduated from the Beşiktaş Atatürk Anatolian High School in Istanbul (1988-92), before receiving medical training at Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine (1992-98). He received a master’s degree in Health Management from Istanbul Bilgi University (2011) and is still (2018) continuing his residency at the Istanbul University Institute of Forensic Science.
After beginning his working life as the workplace physician at Emlak Bank in 1999, Dr. Aksoy went on to work at Motorola Turkey and the Özel Haznedar Hospital. In 2003, he started work at the Koç University Health Center as responsible director. Moving to the American Hospital as deputy responsible director in 2008, he later served as responsible director (2010-14). In 2015, he was appointed chief physician and medical director at Koç University Hospital.

Şükrü Dilege

Şükrü Dilege, MD, is the Dean of Koç University School of Medicine (KUSOM) since September 2018, where he is also Professor of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Dilege served as Associate Dean of KUSOM from September 2017 to January 2018, then was appointed as Acting Dean until September 2018. He has been a faculty member since 2011. In 2005 Dr. Dilege established together with Dr. Göksel Kalaycı the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Istanbul University Medical School. He served as chair in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at American Hospital beginning in 2005. Dr. Dilege received his MD degree from Istanbul University Medical School in 1985.

İhsan Solaroğlu,

(Project Coordinator)

Dr. İhsan Solaroğlu earned his MD degree from Osmangazi University and completed a Neurosurgery Residency Program at Ankara Numune Research and Education Hospital. Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience at Loma Linda University with Professor John H. Zhang was followed with advanced fellowship training in neurovascular surgery. Dr. Solaroğlu’s research interests include the effect of hematopoietic growth factors on neuroprotection. Ongoing work is focusing on the role of pericytes in blood-brain barrier function and stroke. In addition, separate experiments seek to identify novel pathways underlying proliferation, migration and survival of glioma cells. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Loma Linda University in California, US.

Mehmet Kanbay

Prof. Mehmet Kanbay, M. D. was born in 1974 in Tokat. He graduated from I.U. Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in 2000. He finished his residency in Baskent University School of Medicine in 2000. He finished his nephrology residency at Yale University in 2009. He received his Associate Professor degree in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in April 2010. He is elected for distinguished fellow of Eurpoean Renal Association in 2013. He received TÜBİTAK Encouragement Award in 2014. He has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and editorial member of many journals. He is working in Koc University School of Medicine since September 2014.

Burak Koçak

Burak Koçak was born in Ankara in 1972. In 1996, he graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine in English. He has completed his urology residency training at the High Specialized Hospital in Turkey in 2001. In 2002-2004, he completed Transplantation Surgery Higher Specialization Training at Northwestern University Feinberg Medical Faculty in the USA. He became Associate Professor in 2011 and Professor in 2018. Turkey in 2001-2002 and 2004-2005, as the new High Specialized Hospital Newborn Unıt Department of Urology, 2005-2007 use among Nineteen May University Faculty of Medicine in Kidney Transplant Center Specialist / Lecturer, Department of Urology, Asst. He served as an associate professor. Burak Koçak worked as a Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center Supervisor, Urology and Organ Transplant Surgery Specialist at Memorial Şişli Hospital between 2007-2018. Since July 2018, he has been working as the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program Specialist at Koç University Hospital Organ Transplantation Center.

Yasemin Özdemir

After graduating from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1992, she has continued to Neurology residency at Hacettepe University. She has attented to Neuroscience PhD program at the same University. Then she did her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University during 2001-2004. After serving as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor at Hacettepe University, she has started to work at Koç University in 2014. She still continues her research at the Koç University Faculty of Medicine and also works as the Director of the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Koç University.

Barış Ata

(Project Manager)

Baris Ata graduated from the Istanbul School of Medicine in 1998. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003. During medical school and residency training he attended courses on research methodology, assisted reproduction and gynecological endoscopy around the world. His keen interest to improve his research skills led to acquisition of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and of Tropical Medicine. He completed a three years long clinical and research fellowship program in Reproductive Gynecological Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 2011. Upon returning to Turkey he founded and assumed the directorship of the assisted reproduction unit of the Uludağ University, a highly successful program that grew to over 500 IVF cycles per annum in less than two years. He recently moved to Koç University.