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The program aims to provide modern up-to-date biological research in the field of reproductive sciences at molecular and cellular levels in an inspiring, challenging, and vibrant research atmosphere, at the interface between basic science and clinical patient care at the Koç University Hospital.

Graduates of the program will be equipped with a thorough understanding of reproductive functioning in both sexes at the molecular level using a wide range of experimental models, and studying at the translational level a number of important problems associated with human reproductive health and disease in testis, ovary, the uterus during the menstrual cycle and throughout pregnancy and labor, in the fetus and neonate, and in fetal programming.

Ph.D. candidates conduct research projects within four different disciplines: Reproductive biology, Reproductive endocrinology (Embryology and assisted reproduction technologies), Reproductive Immunology, and Reproductive genetics.

  • Current faculty projects and research interests include:
  • Folliculogenesis
  • Corpus luteum biology
  • Steroidogenesis
  • DNA damage response of the oocyte and p63 activation
  • The molecular mechanisms underlying oocyte death induced by chemotherapy drugs and radiation
  • Cryobiology, slow freezing, and vitrification of oocytes and ovarian cryopreservation
  • In vitro follicle growth and activation
  • Progesterone receptor signaling
  • Endometrial receptivity
  • Ovarian reserve
  • Implantation biology
  • Polymeric carriers
  • CRISPR based systems for embryos
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Micromanipulation of mouse oocytes and embryos

Programme structure

The Ph.D. in Reproductive Medicine is a course-based, 4-5 year doctoral program with a Ph.D. qualifier exam and a doctoral thesis (dissertation) requirement supervised by a faculty member.

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