Akdeniz University Medical Faculty
Department of Clinical Biochemistry
Dr Tomris Ozben (Ph.D., D.Sc. Med. Lab Specialist) is a full professor at the Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Akdeniz University, Antalya Turkey. She obtained her BSc. degree from American University “Robert College” in Istanbul, Turkey; Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey; and Specialty in Clinical Biochemistry from Marmara University, Istanbul Turkey. During her tenure at Akdeniz University, she has been Vice Rector, Director of Research Funds, Chairman of the Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry and Founding Director of Central Laboratory at Akdeniz University Hospital which includes Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Virology, Toxicology, Haematology, Immunology, Coagulation, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Emergency, Preanalytical and Point of Care Services. She has worked for 10 years in the Ethical Committee of Akdeniz University Hospital and Medical School on themes concerning drug research in clinical trials.
Dr Ozben has served as the Commission Member of the Turkish Ministry of Health for restructuring Medical Education and Teaching and Member-Elect of the Turkish High Educational Council for four years. She has been appointed as the National Scientific Representative by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2008. Currently, she is one of the Directors at Akdeniz University Hospital Central Laboratory and principal investigator of many research projects.
Teaching Clinical Laboratory Medicine to medical and non-medical students, residents, and fellows has been a primary activity in Dr Ozben’s career. She delivers lectures on a variety of topics to clinicians and laboratory scientists. She serves as a mentor to numerous graduate students and takes part at Post-Graduate Education Programmes (Specialty and PhD) at Akdeniz University. In 2003, she received “Akdeniz University Outstanding Contribution” award, and in 2006 “Akdeniz University Science” award. In 2002, she received AACC Van Slyke Society and in 2005 AACC TDM/Toxicology Division awards. In 2016, she received “Distinguished Abstract for Scientific Excellence” award of AACC’s National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB). She is the author of 240 peer reviewed manuscripts, 13 book chapters and editor of 3 books published by the International Publishers (Plenum Press, New York; IOS Press, Amsterdam). She has attended more than 200 international congresses as an invited speaker.
Dr Ozben has organised several International Congresses, Courses, Workshops, Young Scientists Forums and Meetings supported by IFCC-EFLM-FEBS-IUBMB-BCLF-NATO-TUBITAK and served as an Organising and Scientific Committee Member of several EuroMedLabs (Innsbruck 2009; Berlin 2011; Milan 2013; Paris 2015); WorldLabs (Fortaleza 2008; Berlin 2011; Istanbul 2014); IFCC General Conferences (Antalya 2008; Corfu 2010; and Kuala Lumpur 2012); Steering Committee Member of IFCC-Roche Bergmeyer Conferences (2008-2015); Member of the International Advisory Board of the 18th ICCCLM 2002, Kyoto, Japan; IFCC/AACC 2005, Orlando, USA; EuroMedLab 2005 Glasgow, UK.
Dr Ozben has been the President (2000-2003), Past- President (2003-2006) and Executive Board member (2006-present) of the Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation (BCLF); Advisory Board member of Forum of European Societies of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (FESCC; 2001-2008); Advanced Courses Committee member of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS; 1997-2001); American Biographical Institute, Research Board of Advisors since 2001. She is a member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards of many Scientific Journals, reviewer for several journals, and scientific projects evaluator for the Italian Ministry for University Education and Research (MIUR; 2003-present), Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection of Republic of Serbia (2005-present) and Israel Science Foundation (2012-present).
Dr Ozben served actively to IFCC since 2001, as the Chair of the IFCC Congresses and Conferences Committee (C-CC) (for two consecutive terms; seven years); previously as Full Member (three years) and Corresponding Member (three years) of C-CC. She has completed her service to IFCC as the Treasurer elected by the IFCC Council between 2015-2017. She has been re-elected as the IFCC Treasurer starting service from 2018 till the end of 2020. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the IFCC Foundation for Emerging Nations (FEN), a non-profit making Charitable Trust established in 2016 under Swiss Law. The Foundation is devoted to fund raising and supporting programs that help to improve the quality and delivery of laboratory medicine services, particularly in emerging nations.
She is married to Professor Dr Aldo Tomasi having a daughter and twin sons, all three of whom are medical doctors.