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Meral Akçay (Ciblak), DVM, PhD
She graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Shortly after her graduation she moved to the USA where she continued her education in Medical Microbiology and received her MS degree from Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation she was awarded a Research Fellowship from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA where she worked for 3 years on antifungals. She then worked as Senior Research Specialist at Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA until 2004. She took a teaching position from Genetics and Bioengineering Department, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2004. She received her PhD from Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology with focus on influenza virus resistance in 2011. She is currently the Manager of National Influenza Reference Laboratory located in Istanbul Faculty of Medicine.
She has been involved in several activities including organizing scientific meetings aiming to increase influenza awareness among lay public, health care professionals, press and policy makers. She is a member of The European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) as of 2011. She helped establish Influenza Stakeholder Network, Grip Platform, that includes members from some 20 different specialty organizations and Ministry of Health with the support of ESWI to fight against influenza effectively in Turkey.
She has authored and co-authored articles published in peer reviewed journals and has served as a reviewer for articles to be published in the field of influenza.