Department of Virology, first, start the lecturing guided by Prof. D. Karl Beller under “Hayvani Hıfzısıhha ve Bakteriyologia” which was part of the Veterinary Faculty, when “Yüksek Ziraat Enstitüsü” was established (1933). Later, name of this institute was changed as “Sağlık Koruma, Bakteriyoloji ve Besin Kontrolü Enstitüsü”. In 1952, Institute was divided into two division as “Bacteriology and Epidemics” and “Food Control and Hygiene”.
Division of Virology was established in 1968. In 1982, Department of Microbiology consisting of Virology and Bacteriology Divisions was separated by YOK Issue under Department of Microbiology and Associated Professor Ibrahim Burgu became the head of Virology Division. In 1994, both divisions became seperate departments and Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Burgu carried on as the head of Department of Virology. When 2011 Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Burgu was retired, Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Akça replaced head of department duty.
ABOUT DEPARTMENT of VIROLOGY
Research subjects of Virology Departments are diagnosis, epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral diseases of domestic mammalian animals.
The laboratory of department has modern equipment and has wide cell culture and virus collection helping characterization of viruses. Almost all serological tests, molecular and genetic studies could be performed in department laboratories. Our department has pioneering infrastructure and funding is mostly granted by national and international projects.
Department Of Virology has open minded and innovative scientific view, aims to help veterinary surgeons and livestock breeders about viral infections and has a principle of helping their graduate education of other health branches such as dentists, medicine, pharmacy etc.
Today 14 academic staffs (6 professors and 8 research assistants) carry out the academic activities in our department. Also, in addition of those, 1 administrative personnel officiate.
Our department consists molecular and serological virology laboratories and BSL3+ laboratory which started operating in 2015, classroom for students, archive room for cells cultures and viruses and staff rooms.
Virology 1, Virology 2, Viral Vaccines and Viral Zoonoses are given by our academic personnel to undergraduate students.
AVZAL, granted by “Minister of Development” in 2011 (2011K12022) and started operated in 2015, which certificated according to guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) becomes an important part of our University. In this lab, we provide a suitable environment for working with viral infections important to public health and zoonotic infections. It has the capacity and measures to prevent or minimize the risk to researcher and environmental contamination. This lab aims to provide fundamental diagnostic and prognostic scientific knowledge about infections having important local (Crimean Conge Hemorrhagical Fever) and global (Avian influenza, West Nile Virus Disease) effects .