General Information

Institutional Information: Faculty Of Electrical & Electronics, Biomedical Engineering
Research Areas: Biomedical Engineering, Engineering and Technology

Names in Publications: A. Akpek, Akpek A., Akpek Ali, Ali Akpek






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Prof. Dr. Akpek was born in Karsiyaka, İzmir, Turkey. He recieved his B.Eng degree from department of biomedical engineering of Baskent University as one of the first biomedical engineers of the country. During his education, he mainly focused on biomedical electronics. After graduation he expanded his research interest to biotechnology and obtained a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Ege University. He mainly focused on microbiology and nanoionics during his master training. In 2010, he is awarded with Monbukagakusho scholarship from Japan and worked as a research scientist in Bionanotechnology Laboratory at Department of Bioengineering of University of Tokyo. His main research theme was "Nanochannel Fabrication Methodologies for Cell Fusion". He started his Dr. Eng training in Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2011. His main doctoral researches were "Non-Uniform Temperature Field in Viscosity Measurement” and “Adapting a Magnetic Levitating Artificial Blood Pump as a Vibrational Viscometer". This research is supervised by Prof. Toshiharu Kagawa. During his doctoral training, he is mainly focused on Fluid Engineering and Heat & Mass Tranfer phenomenons.

After completing doctoral studies, he served as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Harvard University-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Science and Technology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital), fully funded once again. During this time, he conducted research on tissue engineering, microfluidic devices, and the development of innovative biomaterials.

Following his role as an Assistant Professor Doctor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Istanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University in Turkey, he transitioned to the Bioengineering Department at Gebze Technical University. After working there as an Associate Professor for about 4 years, he moved to Yıldız Technical University's Biomedical Engineering Department, where he continues to work. Additionally, he serves as a part-time researcher at Sabancı University Nanotechnology Application and Research Center.

He completed the Executive MBA (Business Administration for Executives) program at Istanbul Technical University between 2022 and 2023.

He has authored over 50 academic publications, and as of December 2023, these publications have received over 1500 citations. His current (as of December 2023) h-index is 14, and i-10 index is 21 (Google Scholar ID Pm9pObEAAAAJ). For research laboratory and detailed information check

Since 2015, he has been involved in research and development as well as commercialization stages of medical devices and products under the name Alia Venture Engineering and Consulting. The company has worked on numerous projects and is currently aiming to transform into a private equity fund operating in the field of biotechnology. For detailed information check

Throughout his career, he has successfully taken 10+ high-tech classified and biotechnology products from THS-0 level to THS-9 level in Turkey, products that were either never produced before or were very limited. These products have been successfully introduced to the market, sold, and contributed to import substitution.

He has native-level proficiency in English and high proficiency (speaking and listening) in Japanese.

He is married and a father of a daughter.