He was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1964. He started his undergraduate study in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ankara University in 1981 and graduated in 1986. Upon graduation he started to study his PhD degree in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ankara University in the same year and was assigned as a Research Fellow in 1987. He was appointed to participate in the epidemiological studies hosted by Dr. Michael W. Thrusfield in the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies with the auspices of British Council in 1990. Same year he attended the courses on the laboratory diagnosis of avian mycoplasmas hosted by Dr. Lorna Timms in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge. He completed his PhD degree on avian mycoplasma infections in 1991. He was assigned as an Associate Professor in 1996 and as a Full Professor in 2001. He has memberships in the following professional societies; Society for Veterinary Microbiology (Turkey, former treasurer), Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM, UK, member), and Turkish Branch of World Association for BUIATRICS (former executive committee member). He served as a Group Member in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Research Grant Group, run by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), a governmental organization, for a period of three years between 2001 and 2004. In 2002 he was assigned as the Chief Editor of the Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Turk. J. Vet. Anim. Sci.), a SCI-expended scientific journal published by the same Council, and completed his duty in 2010. During the evaluation process of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ankara University, which was carried out by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), he served as the Liaison Officer both in the first (2003) and second (2005) visits. In 2003 he was nominated and selected to the Expert Group of EAEVE as the first and sole representative from Turkey. He took part as a Basic Science Expert in the visitation of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University of Bologna in 2005 (February 28 – March 5 2005). Within the framework of Socrates-Erasmus Academic Staff Mobility Programme, he delivered undergraduate and post-graduate lectures in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of University of Bologna in 2006 and 2008. According to the Scientific Cooperation and Academic Consultancy Protocol signed by Ankara University and Near East University, he was assigned as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Near East University in Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and started to work in his new post on October 1, 2009. He is still working as the Founding Dean in this Faculty. He knows English (fluent), Italian (intermediate) and French (lower intermediate-beginner). He is married, with a son of 17 years old.
Prof. Dr. Ömer Memduh ESENDAL
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