Program Chair / Full Professor, General Education
Dr.Halil Atabay received his PhD in the area of microbiology from the University of Bristol (UK) in 1998 and his DVM degree from Istanbul University in Turkey in 1992. After completion of his PhD, he has worked as professor at several universities, including departments related to the field of microbiology. His tasks involved teaching, research, and administrative activities, which also covered curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate studies and oversight of academic policies and procedures. He is a dedicated academician in his commitment to student success, institutional effectiveness, and academic excellence. He has extensive experience in grant writing and project management. He led and successfully completed many research projects either as PI or researcher, and supervised and/or mentored many postgraduate and undergraduate students.
In addition to his work as a professor, Dr. Atabay served as the director for a graduate school at a health sciences institution where he was actively involved in developing and opening numerous graduate-level programs and respective courses. He taught a wide variety of courses in the field of microbiology, including general microbiology, immunology, food microbiology, medical microbiology, and project techniques both at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has served as an expert evaluator for the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 Projects since 2009 and for several national-level project funding bodies. Throughout his career, he also worked in research and project coordination and international relations.
Dr. Atabay completed his postdoctoral studies in Denmark in 2001. He has over 34 research papers published in high-ranked journals, has written two book chapters, and has received over 1805 citations to his publications with an h-index of 22.