Department of Molecular Medicine

The Department of Molecular Medicine at Istanbul University Institute of Experimental Medicine, is an interdiciplinary scientific branch that analyzes the molecular biology of cells and organisms, particularly from a medical point of view .

The primary objective of the Department of Molecular Medicine is to prepare junior scientist candidates in an active and innovative scientific environment for the high technology which is the actual necessity of our country,  to guide the graduates to perform independent scientific research and consequently to increase their career chances in research institutes or biotechnology companies. Taking this issue into consideration, a great importance is given to postgraduate and doctorate degrees in education. The students completing their postgraduate studies at Molecular Medicine Department are awarded with being Associate Professor in Biochemistry, Medical Biology and Genetics fields.

The mission of Department of Molecular Medicine is to contribute to science and human health  through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. As for the vision is to become  a  respected national and international scientific branch.

The main research topics of Molecular Medicine Department are concentrated on molecular researches involved in hereditary and/or metabolic diseases which are common  in Turkish population including Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s diseases. Another branch of the department is dedicated to cancer research. Free oxygen radicals, oxidant and antioxidant systems, lipid metabolism, detoxification systems, cell cycle and regulation mechanisms, inflammation, apoptosis, physiology, athletic performance, sports physiology, neuro-physiplogy, reproduction physiology, cardiovascular physiology are some of the researh areas in Department of  Molecular Medicine.


Post graduate and doctoral programs are offered in the Department of Molecular Medicine under the aegis of the Institute of Health Sciences. Graduate students at the department carry out thesis research under the supervision of staff members. Generally, these students have completed their major course work and are engaged in full-time research and the results of all the  researh have published as an article in international indexed journals. The students have also journal club, seminar and discussion time for proceeding  new research areas, new techniques, and new concepts in molecular medical researches.  The program allows young investigators to develop skills in research methodology and interpretation.

To date 62 graduates and 88 master’s and doctorate students have studied on Molecular Medicine Training program, and supported by training grants of the Istanbul University or by investigation research funds from the state.

Molecular Medicine Training program course consists of a series of lectures – 10 necessary and 7 elective courses including Biochemistry, Molecular Pharmacology, Cancer Biplogy and Genetics- and discussions intended to expand the training of junior scientists at the Department of Molecular Medicine.

The courses are necessary for understanding of

*  The biochemical reactions and metabolic pathways formed in cell and organism,

*  Identification of the laboratory conditions and experimental researches for applying the clinical tests,

*  Identification of methods used in the clinical diagnosis and surveillance of diseases,

*  Identification of molecular mechanism playing role in the etiopathogenesis of diseases,

*  Identification of pharmacogenetic terms and molecular approaches in pharmacology,

*  Identification of biochemical and molecular mechanisms taking place in cell-environment interaction,

*  Identification of cell culture laboratory and the techniques used in cell culture,

*  The system biology and endocrine system,

*  Idefinition of molecular genetic techniques used in diagnosis of various diseases and,

*  Identification of signal transduction mechanisms, cell cycle, apoptosis and factors associated with angiogenesis.


The postdoctoral training program course consists of a series of lectures and discussions intended to expand the training of junior scientists at the Department of Molecular Medicine. Traditionally, the faculties have been asked to provide in their lectures reviews of new research areas, new techniques, and new concepts in molecular medical researches. The issue emphasized at the Department of Molecular Medicine emphasis is more didactic than in most seminars and discussion groups.


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