Ferhat Ozturk


Visiting Assistant Professor



Educational Background

Aug 2003 – Dec 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Cell and Molecular Biology

University of Nevada, Reno - Reno, Nevada, United States

Dissertation: Assessment of Factors Affecting the Efficiency of in Utero Gene Therapy via Retroviral Vectors.  Supervisor: Christopher D. Porada

Sep 1999 – Jun 2003

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Biology

Fatih University - Istanbul, Turkey


Visiting Assistant Professor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Complementary Medicine

My expertise:

Dr. Ferhat Ozturk received his B.Sc. in Biology from Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Ozturk has completed his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at University of Nevada, Reno under the supervision of Christopher Porada and Esmail Zanjani, one of the leading teams of in utero gene therapy in the U.S.. He moved to Creighton University for his postdoctoral study with Devendra Agrawal in cardiovascular gene therapy research. He then worked with Ali Nawshad at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the field of cell signaling of palatogenesis and bioinformatics analysis. In 2013, he moved to Canik Basari University of Samsun, Turkey as the founding chair of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He served as directors of BasGen Cancer Research Laboratory and BalMer Apitherapy Honey Research Center. Dr. Ozturk was invited to several conferences as a speaker in the US, Europe and Turkey. He’s married with three children.

Signature course(s):

Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics

Recent publications:

  1. Ferhat Ozturk, Elizabeth Sheldon, Janki Sharma, Kemal Murat Canturk, Hasan H. Otu, Ali NawshadNicotine Exposure during Pregnancy Results in Persistent MES with Type B and C Patterns of Palatal Fusion. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2016 May;18(5):604-12;  doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv227
  2. Ozlem Saral, Oktay Yildiz, Rezzan Aliyazıcıoglu, Esin Yulug, Sinan Canpolat, Ferhat Ozturk, Sevgi Kolayli: Apitherapy Products Enhances The Recovery of CCl4-Induced Hepatic Damages in Rats. Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences 2016 Jan 5; 46(1): 194-202  doi:10.3906/sag-1411-35
  3. Sergiu Chira, Carlo S Jackson, Iulian Oprea, Ferhat Ozturk, Michael S Pepper, Iulia Diaconu, Cornelia Braicu, Lajos-Zsolt Raduly, George A Calin, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe,: Progresses towards safe and efficient gene therapy vectors. Oncotarget 2015 Oct 13;6(31):30675-703 doi:10.18632/oncotarget.5169
  4. Irem Meteoglu, Nazli C. Kavas, Muge Saricaoglu, Fatih Ilkaya, Hasan Guzel, Omer Alici, Ferhat Ozturk: Chestnut Honey and Sherbet Enhance the Healing of Burn Wounds in Rat Model. Clinical and investigative medicine. Médecine clinique et experimentale Aug 2015; 38(4):267-273
  5. Lihua Hu, Jingpeng Liu, Zhi Li, Ferhat Ozturk, Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, Rose‐Anne Romano, Satrajit Sinha, Ali Nawshad: TGFβ3 Regulates Periderm Removal through ΔNp63 in the Developing Palate. Journal of Cellular Physiology 2015 Jun;230(6):1212-25; doi: 10.1002/jcp.24856
  6. Ferhat Ozturk, You Li, Xiujuan Zhu, Chittibabu Guda, Ali Nawshad: Systematic analysis of palatal transcriptome to identify cleft palate genes within TGFbeta3-knockout mice alleles: RNA-Seq analysis of TGFbeta3 Mice. BMC Genomics 2013 Feb 20;14:113. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-113
  7. Oktay Yıldız, Zehra Can, Ozlem Saral, Esin Yuluğ, Ferhat Oztürk, Rezzan Aliyazıcıoğlu, Sinan Canpolat, Sevgi Kolaylı: Hepatoprotective potential of chestnut bee pollen on carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic damages in rats. Evidence-based Complementary Alternative Medicine 2013:461478. doi: 10.1155/2013/461478.
  8. Xiujuan Zhu, Ferhat Ozturk, Changchih Liu, Gregory G Oakley, Ali Nawshad: Transforming growth factor-β activates c-Myc to promote palatal growth. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 2012 Oct;113(10):3069-85. doi: 10.1002/jcb.24184
  9. Ferhat Ozturk, Paul J Park, Joseph Tellez, Evan Colletti, Maribeth V Eiden, Graça Almeida-Porada, Christopher D Porada: Expression levels of the PiT-2 receptor explain, in part, the gestational age-dependent alterations in transduction efficiency after in utero retroviral-mediated gene transfer. The Journal of Gene Medicine 2012 Mar;14(3):169-81. doi: 10.1002/jgm.2607
  10. Xiujuan Zhu, Ferhat Ozturk, Sanjit Pandey, Chittibabu Babu Guda, Ali Nawshad: Implications of TGFβ on Transcriptome and Cellular Biofunctions of Palatal Mesenchyme. Frontiers in Physiology 2012 Apr 10;3:85. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2012.00085
  11. Ferhat Ozturk: Playing with Genes: Gene Therapy. The Fountain Magazine. 01/2010; (January- 2010)
  12. Paul J Park, Evan Colletti, Ferhat Ozturk, Josh A Wood, Joe Tellez, Graça Almeida-Porada, Christopher D. Porada: Factors determining the risk of inadvertent retroviral transduction of male germ cells after in utero gene transfer in sheep. Human gene therapy 2009 Mar;20(3):201-15
  13. Christopher D Porada, Paul J Park, Joe Tellez, Ferhat Ozturk, Hudson A Glimp, Graça Almeida-Porada, Esmail D Zanjani: Male germ-line cells are at risk following direct-injection retroviral-mediated gene transfer in utero. Molecular Therapy 11/2005; 12(4):754-62


Recent presentations:

Conference Proceedings (selected)

  1. Ozturk Ferhat.  Honey in Cancer Treatment: An Integrative Approach for Therapy. TOBAT 7th International Medical Student Congress (Invited Speaker). April 2016 – Ankara, TR
  2. Ozturk Ferhat Biological Activities of Pure Honey on Wound Healing Mechanism. The 2nd International Conference On Quality Medication (Invited Speaker). April 2016 – Jeddah, KSA
  3. Ferhat Ozturk, Ramazan Ozturk: Targeted and efficient delivery of RNAi agents using gold nanoparticles. 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Cell & Gene Therapy. October 2014 - Las Vegas, NV, USA
  4. Kamaruddin Mohd Yusoff, Ferhat Ozturk, Kürşat Efil, Aysel Veyisoglu: Honey Purity Criteria: A Malaysian Experience for Turkey. Uluslararası Katılımlı V. Marmara Arıcılık Kongresi. April 2013 Bursa, TR
  5. J.L. Poeschl, X. Zhu, F. Ozturk, P.M. Spalding, A. Nawshad: Histometric Palatal Analysis of Embryonic TGFβ3 Transgenic Mice Alleles. IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition March 2013. Seattle, WA
  6. Ferhat Ozturk, Devendra K. Agrawal. Inhibition of Neointimal Hyperplasia via Viral Delivery of Novel Genes. Cardiovascular Cell and Gene Therapy Congress IV, April 11-13, 2008, New York, NY
  7. Ozturk F. Porada CD. Assessment of Factors Affecting the Efficiency in utero Gene Transfer via Retroviral Vectors. Granlibakken Retreat. October 20-21, 2007, Tahoe City, CA
  8. Ferhat Ozturk, Paul Park, Joe Tellez, Wayne B. Anderson, Maribeth Eiden, Esmail D. Zanjani, Graca Almeida-Porada, Christopher D. Porada: 750. Expression Levels of the Amphotropic Receptor May Explain Gestational Age-Dependence of Tissue Transduction in Fetal Sheep. Molecular Therapy 04/2005
  9. Christopher D Porada, Paul J Park, Graça Almeida-Porada, Wansheng Liu, Ferhat Ozturk, Hudson A Glimp, Esmail D Zanjani: Gestational age of recipient determines pattern and level of transgene expression following in utero retroviral gene transfer. Molecular Therapy 03/2005; 11(2):284-93
  10. Ozturk F. Porada CD. Factors Influencing the Efficiency of Retroviral in utero Gene Therapy. Granlibakken Retreat. October 21-22, 2005, Tahoe City, CA
  11. Ozturk F. Prions: Mysterious infectious agents, Oral Presentation. National Biology Students’ Congress 10-13 October 2001. Hacettepe University, Ankara/Turkey