Dr. Nese Akis is an Associate Professor with tenure in Immunology at the Trakya University (TU). She obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from University of Istanbul (UI), where she studied endothelial cell response to insults. During her postdoc at UPenn, she studied nephritogenic endothelial antigens, and then her interests turned to atheroprotective gene response, a central focus of her present research at the TU. Her group studies protective gene expression of endos under diabetes stress. She has interests also in evolution of ikaros and RNA-based defence systems.
Dr. Akis obtained her BChE Degree in 1980 form UI, and received a job training in industry on organic coatings till 1985. After moving to Istanbul School of Medicine (SOM) at UI, she received job training in a serology laboratory, gained experience on laboratory medicine of immunology, established a diagnostic complementology laboratory, and studied Salmonella OMP antigens in her research for master's thesis (1989). During her predoctoral trainings she studied biochemistry of complements at the Institue of Enzymology-Budapest, and antiidiotypic HBV vaccines at the Institut Pasteur-Paris. During her other postdoctoral trainings she studied BR3E4 antiidiotypic cancer vaccine under phase-I trial at the Wistar Institute, and DNA-PKcs mutations in leaky scid mice at the FCCC. She audited project management focused courses at the Wharton School between 1999-2002. In 2003 she was appointed as a faculty member by the Halic University Dept.Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG), where she developed some courses and her reserach program. She taught human physiology and bionformatics also in Bogazici University MBG to bachelor's students between 2003-2005 as an associated lecturer. After moving to SOM at TU in 2006 she developed some lectures and her research programs, and established a graduate program in immunology. In 2012-2013 she received a sabbatical training on miRNAs at FAU Erlangen-N. She has 503 citations; and her tangiable properties are four anti-bradykinin antibodies (UI DETAM, 1996) and three glomerular cell lines (UPenn CTT TechID: O2748, 2002). She holds certifications in Associated Professorship in Immunology, and High School Teachership in Chemistry, both signed by the Council of Higher Education of Turkey. She is a member of TID, ESM, EVBO, DGfI, and TMMOB-KMO; headed TID Education Group between 2012-2016; and founded a Biomedics Working Group at the KMO-İstanbul Branch in 1988.