Yashar Esmaeilian

Dr. Yashar Esmaeilian obtained B.Sc. degree from Urmia University Department of Veterinary and attained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology under Prof. Esra Erdemli’s supervision at Ankara University Institute of Biotechnology. Dr. Esmaeilian achieved TÜBİTAK-BİDEB full scholarship award for Ph.D. students (program 2215) and studied on ovarian stem cells from 2010 to 2015. He was also awarded by TÜBİTA-BİDEB post-doctoral researcher full scholarship (program 2216) for 12 months and investigated about stem cells-derived oocytes. He designed and participated as a Principal Investigator in three research projects that funded by TÜBİTAK-ARDEB and Ankara University BAP. Differentiation of ovarian stem cells into oocyte-like cells, chondrocyte, osteoblast and neural cells was successfully accomplished at the end of these projects. Dr. Esmaeilian’s research interests are germline, multipotent and pluripotent stem cells, role of stem cells in regenerative medicine, reproductive and developmental biology. Since September 2017, he has been working at Koç University Research Center for Translational Medicine as a member of Dr. Özgür Öktem’s research group that focused on molecular aspects of female reproductive system, role of autophagy on granulosa and luteal cells functions and steroidogenesis.

Selected Publications

Esmaeilian Y*, Atalay A, Erdemli E. Putative germline and pluripotent stem cells in adult mouse ovary and their in vitro differentiation potential into oocyte-like and somatic cells. Zygote, 2017;25(3):358-375.

Esmaeilian Y*, Atalay A, Erdemli E. Post-natal oogenesis: a concept for controversy that intensified during the last decade. Zygote, 2015;23(03):315-26.

Esmaeilian Y*, Dedeoglu BG, Atalay A, Erdemli E. Investigation of stem cells in adult and prepubertal mouse ovaries. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 2012;3(7):936-44.