Dr. İpek Kurtböke

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Ipek Kurtböke University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia Dr. Kurtböke has been in the field of Biodiscovery associated with bioactive actinomycetes since 1982. Her most significant contribution has been a novel isolation technique that selectively cultures industrially important rare actinomycetes using bacteriophages. Her expertise in microbial culture collections and their sustainable use for biotechnology links her to World Federation for Culture Collections where she is currently the Vice-President. She has also worked with bacteriophages since 1986 with particular reference to their use as tools in drug discovery. Since joining the USC in 2001, she has developed undergraduate and post-graduate programs in applied microbiology and biotechnology, and continued research in environmental, biomedical, agricultural and food microbiology where she uses bacteriophages extensively with links to eminent pharmaceutical and agrobiological companies. Dr. Kurtböke is also the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, which is a new InTech Open Access scientific journal http://www.intechopen.com/journals/show/international_journal_of_microbiology_and_microbial_biotechnology/journal.

Fields of Research

Experience

Education

  • 1973 – 1975

    Özel Kalamış Lisesi, Istanbul

  • 1975 - 1982

    Science and Education, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara

    Biological Sciences

  • 1986 – 1990

    Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

    Genetics and Microbiology

Edited Books

  • Bacteriophages

    Bacteriophages have received attention as biological control agents since their discovery and recently their value as tools has been further emphasized in many different fields of microbiology. Particularly, in drug design and development programs, phage and prophage genomics provide the field with new insights. Bacteriophages reveals information on the organisms ranging from their biology to their applications in agriculture and medicine. Contributors address a variety of topics capturing information on advancing technologies in the field. The book starts with the biology and classification of bacteriophages with subsequent chapters addressing phage infections in industrial processes and their use as therapeutic or biocontrol agents. Microbiologists, biotechnologists, agricultural, biomedical and sanitary engineers will find Bacteriophages invaluable as a solid resource and reference book.

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