Our Board of Trustees Member Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner Honored as the New Member of the “National Academy of Medicine”
Özyeğin University Board of Trustees Member Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner, who is renowned for his research on circulating tumor cells in the bloodstream and currently pursuing his research interests in the United States, has been elected to the rank of member by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the most reputable institutions in the field of medicine.
Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner’s election to the Academy has been a great source of pride both for our university and for our country.
Prof. Dr. Toner is a member of many national and international professional committees, and serves on the editorial board of many scientific journals including Cryobiology, Cryo-Letters, Cell Preservation Technology, Annual Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, and Nanomedicine. We congratulate Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner on his accomplishment, and we have no doubt that he will have many more to come in service to society and humanity.
About Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner:
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Tonerr was born in İstanbul in 1958. He received a bachelor of science degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1983 and a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1985, both in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently completed his PhD in Medical Engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) in 1989.
Dr. Toner joined the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 1989, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, and to Professor in 2002.
In 1994, he was recognized by the YC Fung Faculty Award in Bioengineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 1995, he received the Whitaker Foundation Special Opportunity Award. In 1997, he won the John F and Virginia B Taplin Faculty Fellow Award given by Harvard and MIT. In 2008, he was given the “Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Award”. In 2010, he was honored by the “American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Team Award”. In 2019, he was honored with the Vehbi Koç Award.
In 1998, Dr. Toner was selected to become a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of multiple biotechnology and medical device companies, and has been involved as a scientific founder of multiple startup companies.
Dr. Toner’s current research interests are focused on tissue engineering and micro/nan-technology. Dr. Toner has a joint appointment as a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at the Harvard-MIT Division of HST.