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Professor Meral Birbir

Division of Plant Diseases and Microbiology

Department of Biology

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkiye





Office : Department of Biology

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Marmara University, Göztepe Istanbul, Turkiye,

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Phone: +90 216 348 21 95 /1330



Professor Meral Birbir received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1985, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 and 1991, respectively from Marmara University, Institute For Graduate Studies in Pure and Applied Sciences, Biology. She has been working in Biology Department of Marmara University since 1985 and currently is Professor at the Marmara University. She has been the Head of the Division of Plant Diseases and Microbiology, Biology Department of Marmara University, Turkey since 2012. She was a visiting research scientist in Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Veterinary Medical School, Purdue University in 1990. She was a research scientist in Hides and Leather Department of USDA from 1992 to 1993. She worked as an Erasmus Coordinator of  Biology Department of Marmara University between 2006-2014. Dr.Birbir was also worked as a Deputy Head of Biology Department from 2003  to 2012, Cooordinator of Double Major Program from 2007 to 2013, Faculty of  Board Membership from 2009 to 2015 and 2016 to 2019, Member of Scientific Research Project Commision of Marmara University from 2008 to 2019. Professor  Birbir is  member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association and Johnson Matthey Technology Review. She received one award from Marmara University Significant Achievement Award (2000), one award from  Turkish Leather Technologist and Chemist Society, Quality of Scientific Research and Academic Career Spanning Technical Thematic Theses Competition First Price (2001), one award from Marmara University Encouragement and Support Awards (2002, 2004), six award from Marmara University Certificates of Appreciation 2002, 2003, 2004, 2004, 2004, 2004), one award from Marmara University’s Certificate of Appreciation for Oral Presentation (2018). She is a fellow of Turkish Microbiological Society (1999) and Turkish  Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (2008). She has been teaching  classes on General Biology, General Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology.  Her research interests are microorganisms in leather industry, antimicrobial agents and electric current applications in Leather industry, extremely halophilic archaea, microbiology of hypersaline environments, moderately halophilic bacteria and food microbiology. She especially focused on halophilic and non-halophilic microorganisms on salted hides and skins, microbial diversity of  salt lakes and salterns, using conventional and molecular methods and their industrial importance. She has published 64 research articles and supervised 37 Master of Science and 3 Doctoral Thesis. She presented 134 oral and poster presentations in national and international congress. She has completed 29 scientific projects. 


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