Prof.Dr. Ilkay Erdogan Orhan (Turkey)



Prof.Dr. Ilkay Erdogan Orhan holds a Pharmacist degree (1993) from Gazi University (Ankara, Turkey), M.Sc. degree at Department of Pharmacognosy at the same faculty in 1996 with young scientist scholarship provided by TUBITAK (Technical and Scientific Research Council of Turkey). Then, she was awarded her second M.Sc. degree in Marine Natural Product Chemistry in 1998 at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan supported by Monbusho scholarship. She earned Ph.D. degree in Pharmacognosy at Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey in 2002 and worked as visiting scientist at Department of Chemistry at University of Winnipeg (Canada) in 2003 under NATO-TUBITAK fellowship program. She was promoted to Assoc.Prof. position by Higher Education Council of Turkey in 2004 and became full professor in 2009. Dr. Orhan Dr. was appointed as “Dean” of Faculty of Pharmacy at Eastern Mediterranean University in the Northern Cyprus for the period of 2011-2014 and currently, she is Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University since 2016. She is also member of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Experts Group in European Pharmacopeia.

Dr. Orhan received several awards such as Young Woman Scientist Award in Asia continent by OWSD (formerly TWOWS) (Third World Organization for Women in Science) & Elsevier, “Science Award in Biology” by COMSTECH (OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation) in 2010, Young Woman Scientist Award (in Life Sciences) by L’Oreal& Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2011, and Honor Award by Gazi University in 2011, Innovation Award for Women in Turkey in 2015, as well as Science Award by Turkish Association of Pharmacistsin 2016, Golden Mortar Science Award in Pharmacy in 2017, Silver Medal for Patent in International Invention Fair by Ministry of Science and Technologyof Turkey in 2017.

Research and education

She is author/co-author of 203 scientific papers, 14 book chapters, one patent,2 patent applications, and 2 books. She has supervised 5 Ph.D. theses and 12 M.Sc. theses. Her h index is 32.

Research interests

  • Novel enzyme inhibitory compounds from natural sources by in vitro and in silico methods
  • Phytocosmetics
  • Phytotherapy
  • Natural product chemistry


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