Dr. Munir AKTAŞ

Professor

Firat University

Veterinary Faculty

Department of Parasitology

23119, Elazığ, Turkey


Biography

Dr Munir Aktas
Department of Parasitology, Veterinary Medicine, Firat University, 23119, Elazig, Turkey
Munir Aktas earned his undergraduate and MSci degrees at the University of Firat in Turkey. Subsequently he served on the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, first as an assistant of Parasitology until 1997. In 1997, Münur Aktas received his PhD degree from the University of Firat. Currently, Dr Aktas is an Professor in Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Firat University, Turkey. In the course of his PhD thesis research, Dr. Aktas conducted fields studies in cattle vaccinated against tropical theileriosis. In parallel he worked in ticks and tick-borne diseases (babesiosis, theileriosis, anaplasmosis). Dr. Münur Aktas is a member of the Turkish Society of Parasitology. At national and international levels, he has served as a member of Turkish Research Grant Review panel.

Research Interest

Ticks and tick-borne diseases (theileriosis, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis).

Scientific Activities

RESEARCH GRANTS

Project no. Role in the project Project title Funding Authority Amount of Grant (TL)
108 G 126 Coordinator Molecular Characterization of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (CCHFV) and Development of Diagnostic Kit and Protective Vaccines against CCHFV TÜBİTAK 4.956.270
110 O 870 Coordinator Molecular epizootiology and characterization of tick-borne diseases (babesiosis, theileriosis, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis) in dogs TÜBİTAK 175.350
106 O 416 Coordinator Detection of Theileria, Babesia and Anaplasma Species in Cattle and Ticks by Rever Line Blotting (RLB) in the East Black Sea Region TÜBİTAK 239.350
105 O 020 Coordinator Investigation on theileriosis in sheep and goats in east anatilia region by molecular techniques TÜBİTAK 9.450
104 O 393 Coordinator Investigation of tick-borne diseases caısed by haemoprotozoan parasites in sheep and goats in east and southeast Anatolia by sequence analysis and reverse line blotting (RLB) TÜBİTAK 49.200
VHAG-2119 Coordinator Investigation on theileriosis in sheep and goats in east anatolia region by molecular techniques TÜBİTAK 23.000
WHAG-1653 Researcher Investigation on the prevalence of tropical theileriosis in east and southeast Anatolia region by molecular technique TÜBİTAK 10.000
Vd 126 Coordinator Investigation of Theileira and Babesia species in sheep and goat from Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep and Adıyaman provinces FÜBAP 15.000
H 6261 Researcher Variable polymorphism in ribosomal RNA intergenic spacer regions among different ruminant Theileria species ABD Texas A&M Üniversitesi Project No. 20.000$
510561 Researcher Ecology of Hyalomma marginatum and its implications in the epidemiology of CCHF in Turkey European Union 6th Framework 15.000£

PhD STUDENT SUPERVISED

No Name of student/Session Supervisor Title of Thesis
1 Kürşat Altay 1 Investigation on theileriosis in sheep and goats in
Anatolia region by molecular technique

2 Sezayi Özübek 1 Investigation of Theileira and Babesia species in sheep and goat from Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep and Adıyaman provinces


Publications

Peer reviewed article published in SCI and SCI-expanded Journals

1. Özer E, Şaki CE, Sevgili M, Aksin N, Aktaş M. Pneumocystis carinii (delanoē and delanoē, 1912) infections in some bird species. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 1996;20(1):45-8.
2. Aktaş M, Dumanli N, Babür C, Karaer Z, Öngör H. Determination of seropositivity for Toxoplasma gondii infection in pregnant and aborted sheep in Elaziǧ and vicinity by sabin-feldman (SF) test. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2000;24(3):239-41.
3. Aktaş M, Babür C, Karaer Z, Dumanli N. Determination of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in cattle in Elaziǧ and environs by sabin-feldman (SF) test. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2000;24(6):535-8.
4. Aktaş M, Dumanli N, Karaer Z, Çakmak A, Sevgili M. Seroprevalences of Babesiea species in cattle in Elaziǧ, Malatya and Tunceli provinces. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2001;25(4):447-51.
5. Aktaş M, Sevgili M, Dumanli N, Karaer Z, Çakmak A. Seroprevalance of Theileria annulata in Elaziǧ, Malatya and Tunceli provinces. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2001;25(3):359-63.
6. Aktaş M, Düzgün A, Babür C. Seroprevalance of Babesia ovis in sheep in Malatya. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2001;25(3):241-3.
7. Aktaş M, Dumanli N. Natural infections of Hyalomma species with Theileria annulata in malatya region. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2001;25(1):119-24.
8. Aktas M, Dumanli N, Çetinkaya B, Çakmak A. Field evaluation of PCR in detecting Theileria annulata infection in cattle in eastern turkey. Veterinary Record, 2002;150(17):548-9.
9. Aktas M, Dumanli N, Angin M. Cattle infestation by Hyalomma ticks and prevalence of Theileria in Hyalomma species in the east of turkey. Vet Parasitol 2004;119(1):1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2003.10.013
10. Dabak M, Dabak DO, Aktas M. Cerebral theileriosis in a holstein calf. Vet Rec 2004;154(17):533-4.
11. Dumanli N, Aktas M, Cetinkaya B, Cakmak A, Koroglu E, Saki CE, Erdogmus Z, Nalbantoglu S, Ongor H, Simşek S, Karahan M, Altay K. Prevalence and distribution of tropical theileriosis in eastern turkey. Vet Parasitol 2005;127(1):9-15.
12. Altay K, Dumanli N, Holman PJ, Aktas M. Detection of Theileria ovis in naturally infected sheep by nested PCR. Vet Parasitol 2005;127(2):99-104.
13. Aktaş M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Survey of Theileria parasites of sheep in eastern Turkey using polymerase chain reaction. Small Ruminant Research 2005;60(3):289-93.
14. Aktaş M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Development of a polymerase chain reaction method for diagnosis of Babesia ovis infection in sheep and goats. Vet Parasitol 2005;133(4):277-81.
15. Şimşek S, Köroǧlu E, Dumanli N, Aktaş M, Şaki CE, Altay K, Ütük AE. Seroprevalence of cattle hydatidosis in some districts in the east anatolian region of Turkey. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2005;29(6):1305-10.
16. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. A molecular survey of bovine Theileria parasites among apparently healthy cattle and with a note on the distribution of ticks in eastern Turkey. Vet Parasitol 2006;138(3-4):179-85.
17. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. PCR-based detection of Theileria ovis in Rhipicephalus bursa adult ticks. Vet Parasitol 2006;140(3-4):259-63.
18. Tonbak S, Aktas M, Altay K, Azkur AK, Kalkan A, Bolat Y, Dumanli N, Ozdarendeli A. Crimean-congo hemorrhagic fever virus: Genetic analysis and tick survey in Turkey. J Clin Microbiol 2006;44(11):4120-4.
19. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Determination of prevalence and risk factors for infection with Babesia ovis in small ruminants from Turkey by polymerase chain reaction. Parasitol Res 2007;100(4):797-802.
20. Yamasaki M, Inokuma H, Sugimoto C, Shaw SE, Aktas M, Yabsley MJ, Yamato O, Maede Y. Comparison and phylogenetic analysis of the heat shock protein 70 gene of Babesia parasites from dogs. Vet Parasitol 2007;145(3-4):217-27.
21. Altay K, Dumanli N, Aktas M. Molecular identification, genetic diversity and distribution of Theileria and Babesia species infecting small ruminants. Vet Parasitol 2007;147(1-2):161-5.
22. Aktas M, Bendele KG, Altay K, Dumanli N, Tsuji M, Holman PJ. Sequence polymorphism in the ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacers differs among Theileria species. Vet Parasitol 2007;147(3-4):221-30.
23. Altay K, Aktaş M, Dumanli N. Theileria infections in small ruminants in the east and southeast Anatolia. Acta Parasitologica Turcica / Turkish Society for Parasitology 2007; 31(4):268-71.
24. Altay K, Aktaş M, Dumanli N. Survey of T. annulata and T. buffeli/orientalis in cattle in the region of Erzincan using reverse line blotting. Acta Parasitologica Turcica / Turkish Society for Parasitology 2007; 31(2):94-7.
25. Altay K, Aktaş M, Dumanli N. PCR-RFLP analysis of the Tams1 gene of Theileria annulata. Acta Parasitologica Turcica / Turkish Society for Parasitology 2007;31(3):173-5.
26. Estrada-Peña A, Zatansever Z, Gargili A, Aktas M, Uzun R, Ergonul O, Jongejan F. Modeling the spatial distribution of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Turkey. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 2007;7(4):667-78.
27. Ozdarendeli A, Aydin K, Tonbak S, Aktas M, Altay K, Koksal I, Bolat Y, Dumanli N, Kalkan A. Genetic analysis of the M RNA segment of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus strains in Turkey. Arch Virol 2008;153 (1):37-44.
28. Altay K, Aktas M, Dumanli N, Aydin MF. Evaluation of a PCR and comparison with RLB for detection and differentiation of Theileria sp. MK and other Theileria and Babesia species of small ruminants. Parasitol Res 2008;103(2):319-23.
29. Altay K, Aktas M, Dumanli N. Detection of Babesia ovis by PCR in Rhipicephalus bursa collected from naturally infested sheep and goats. Res Vet Sci 2008;85(1):116-9.
30. Altay K, Aydin MF, Uluişik U, Aktaş M, Dumanli N. Use of multiplex PCR for the diagnosis of Theileria annulata and Theileria buffeli. Acta Parasitologica Turcica/Turkish Society for Parasitology 2008;32 (1):1-3.
31. Altay K, Aydin MF, Dumanli N, Aktas M. Molecular detection of Theileria and Babesia infections in cattle. Vet Parasitol 2008;158 (4):295-301.
32. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N, Kalkan A. Molecular detection and identification of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species in ixodid ticks. Parasitol Res 2009;104(5):1243-8.
33. Heidarpour Bami M, Haddadzadeh HR, Kazemi B, Khazraiinia P, Bandehpour M, Aktas M. Molecular identification of ovine Theileria species by a new PCR-RFLP method. Vet Parasitol 2009;161 (3-4):171-7.
34. Aktas M, Vatansever Z, Altay K, Aydin MF, Dumanli N. Molecular evidence for Anaplasma phagocytophilum in ixodes ricinus from turkey. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2010;104(1):10-5.
35. Şimşek S, Köroğlu E, Dumanlı N, Aktaş M, Şaki CE, Altay K, Ütük AE, Seroprevalance of cattle hydatidosis in some countries of east Anatolian region of Turkey, Turkısh Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 2010; 29:1305-1310.
36. Özdarendeli A, Çanakoǧlu N, Berber E, Aydin K, Tonbak S, Ertek M, Buzgan T, Bolat Y, Aktaş M, Kalkan A. The complete genome analysis of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus isolated in Turkey. Virus Res 2010;147 (2):288-93.
37. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Molecular detection and identification of Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species in cattle from Turkey. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases 2011;2 (1):62-5.
38. Iqbal F, Fatima M, Shahnawaz S, Naeem M, Shaikh RS, Ali M, Shaikh AS, Aktas M, Ali M. A study on the determination of risk factors associated with babesiosis and prevalence of Babesia sp., by PCR amplification, in small ruminants from southern punjab (pakistan). Parasite 2011;18 (3):229-34.
39. Aydin MF, Balkaya I, Aktaş M, Dumanli N. Tick (ixodoidea) and flea (siphonaptera) species on three red foxes (vulpes vulpes) in Erzurum province. Acta Parasitologica Turcica/Turkish Society for Parasitology 2011; 35(2):110-3.
40. Altay K, Dumanli N, Aktas M. A study on ovine tick-borne hemoprotozoan parasites (Theileria and Babesia) in the east black sea region of Turkey. Parasitol Res 2012;111(1):149-53.
41. Aktas M, Altay K, Ozubek S, Dumanli N. A survey of ixodid ticks feeding on cattle and prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in the black sea region of turkey. Vet Parasitol 2012;187(3-4):567-71.
42. Erdemir A, Aktas M, Dumanli N, Turgut-Balik D. Isolation, cloning and sequence analysis of the lactate dehydrogenase gene from Theileria annulata may lead to design of new antitheilerial drugs. Vet Med 2012;57 (10):559-67.
43. Berber E, Canakoglu N, Yoruk MD, Tonbak S, Aktas M, Ertek M, Bolat Y, Kalkan A, Ozdarendeli A. Application of the pseudo-plaque assay for detection and titration of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus. J Virol Methods 2013;187(1): 26-31.
44. Canakoglu N, Berber E, Ertek M, Yoruk MD, Tonbak S, Bolat Y, Aktas M, Kalkan A, Ozdarendeli A. Pseudo-plaque reduction neutralization test (PPRNT) for the measurement of neutralizing antibodies to Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus. Virology Journal 2013,10,6.
45. Aktas M, Özübek S, Ipek DNS. Molecular investigations of Hepatozoon species in dogs and developmental stages of Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Parasitol Res 2013, 112 (6): 2381-2385.
46. Iqbal F, Khattak RM, Ozubek S, Khattak MNK, Rasul A, Aktas M. Application of the reverse line blot assay for the molecular detection of Theileria and Babesia sp. in sheep and goat blood samples from Pakistan. Iranian Journal of Parasitology 2013, 8 (2): 289-295.
47. Inci A, Yazar S, Tuncbilek AS, Canhilal R, Doganay M, Aydin L, Aktas M, Vatansever Z, Ozdarendeli A, Ozbel Y, Yildirim A, Duzlu O. Vectors and vector-borne diseases in Turkey (Review). Ankara Univ Vet Fak Derg 2013, 60 (4): 281-296.
48. Aydin, M.F., Aktas, M., Dumanli, N. Molecular identification of Theileria and Babesia in sheep and goats in the Black Sea Region in Turkey. Parasitol Res 2013, 112 (8): 2817-2824.
49. Aktas M, Vatansever Z, Ozubek S. Molecular evidence for trans-stadial and transovarial transmission of Babesia occultans in Hyalomma marginatum and Rhipicephalus turanicus in Turkey. Vet Parasitol 2014, 204 (3-4): 369-71.
50. Altay K, Dumanli N, Aktaş M, Özübek S. Survey of Anaplasma infections in small ruminants from east part of Turkey. Kafkas Univ Vet Fak Derg 2014, 20 (1): 1-4.
51. Akat A, Aktas M, Dumanlı N, Turgut-Balik D. Isolation, cloning and sequence analysis of enolase enzyme encoding gene from Theileria annulata for assessment important residues of this enzyme. Kafkas Univ Vet Fak Derg 2014, 20 (2): 243-248.
52. Aktas M. A survey of ixodid tick species and molecular identification of tick-borne pathogens. Vet Parasitol 2014, 200 (3-4): 276-283.
53. Aydin MF, Aktas M, Dumanli N. Molecular identification of Theileria and Babesia in ticks collected from sheep and goats in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Parasitol Res 2015, 114 (1); 65-69.
54. Canakoglu N, Berber E, Tonbak S, Ertek M, Sozdutmaz I, Aktas M, Kalkan A, Ozdarendeli A. Immunization of knock-out α/β interferon receptor mice against high lethal dose of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus with a cell culture based vaccine. Neg Trop Dis 2015, DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003579.
55. Aktas M, Özübek S, İpek NDS, Altay K, Balkaya I, Utuk AE, Kırbas A, Şimsek S, Dumanlı N. Molecular detection of tick-borne rickettsial and protozoan pathogens in domestic dogs from Turkey. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8;157.
56. Aktas M, Özübek S, Altay K, Balkaya I, Utuk AE, Kırbas A, Şimsek S, Dumanlı N. A molecular and parasitological survey of Hepatozoon canis in domestic dogs in Turkey. Vet Parasitol 2015, 209 (3-4);264-267.
57. Aktas M, Özübek S. Bovine anaplasmosis in Turkey: First laboratory confirmed clinical cases caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum.Vet Microbiol. 2015, 78; 246-251.
58. Aktas M, Ozubek S. Molecular and parasitological survey of bovine piroplasms in the Black Sea Region, including the first report of babesiosis associated with Babesia divergens in Turkey. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2015, 52, 1344-1350. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjv126.
59. Gunes N., Arsoy D., Aktas M., Ozubek S., Ozuicli M., Aydin L., Selcuk O. Changes in some biochemical parameters in small ruminant theileriosis. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science. 2016, 22, 303-307.
60. Saeed Z., Iqbal F., Hussain M., Shaikh R.S., Farooq U., Akbar A., Gulsher M., Ayaz M.M., Mahmood S.A., Ali M., Aktas M. Molecular prevalence and haematology of tropical theileriosis in cholistani cattle from nomadic herds of the cholistan desert, Pakistan. Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi. 2016, 22, 281-286.
61. Gunes, N., Arsoy, D., Aktas, M., Ozubek, S., Ozuicli, M., Aydin, L., Selcuk, O.d Changes in some biochemical parameters in small ruminant theileriosis. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science. 2016, 22, 303-307.
62. Zaka Saeed, Furhan Iqbal, Mureed Hussain, Rehan Sadiq Shaikh, Umer Farooq, Atif Akbar, Muhammad Gulsher, Muhammad Mazhar Ayaz, Syed Aamir Mahmood, Muhammad Ali, Munir Aktas. Molecular prevalence and haematology of tropical theileriosis in cholistani cattle from nomadic herds of the cholistan desert, Pakistan. Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi. 2016, 22, 281-286.
63. Muhammad, Qamar, Muhammad Irfan Malik, Muhammad Latif, Qurat ul Ain, Munir Aktas, Rehan Sadiq Shaikh, Furhan Iqbal. Molecular Detection and Prevalence of Hepatozoon canis in Dogs from Punjab (Pakistan) and Hematological Profile of Infected Dogs. Vector-Borne Zoonotic Diseases. 2016, Volume XX, Number XX, 2016.
64. Ozubek S, Aktas M. Molecular and parasitological survey of ovine piroplasmosis, including the first report of Theileria annulata in sheep and goats from Turkey. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2017, 54 (1):212-220. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjw134.
65. Sezayi Ozubek, Munir Aktas. Molecular evidence of a new Babesia sp. in goats. Veterinary Parasitology, 2017, 15;233:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.
66. Aktas M, Özübek S. Transstadial Transmission of Hepatozoon canis by Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Acari: Ixodidae) in Field Conditions. J Med Entomol. 2017 Jul 1;54(4):1044-1048. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx050.
67. Aktas M, Ozubek S. A survey of canine haemoprotozoan parasites from Turkey, including molecular evidence of an unnamed Babesia. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017 Jun;52:36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.cimid.
68. Aktas M, Ozubek S. Molecular survey of haemoplasmas in shelter dogs and associations with Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato. Med Vet Entomol. 2017 Dec;31(4):457-461. doi: 10.1111/mve.
69. Aktas M, Ozubek S. Molecular evidence for trans-stadial transmission of Anaplasma platys by Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato under field conditions. Med Vet Entomol. 2018 Mar; 32(1):78-83. doi: 10.1111/mve.
70. Aktas M, Ozubek S. A molecular survey of small ruminant hemotropic mycoplasmosis in Turkey, including first laboratory confirmed clinical cases caused by Mycoplasma ovis. Vet Microbiol. 2017 Sep; 208: 217-222. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.
71.Aktas M, Özübek S. Outbreak of anaplasmosis associated with novel genetic variants of Anaplasma marginale in a dairy cattle. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017 Oct; 54:20-26. doi: 10.1016/j.cimid.
72. Ipek NDS, Özübek S, Aktas M. Molecular Evidence for Transstadial Transmission of Ehrlichia canis by Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato Under Field Conditions. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2017 Dec 19. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx217.
73. Ozubek S, Ipek DNS, Aktas M. A Molecular Survey of Rickettsias in Shelter Dogs and Distribution of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Acari: Ixodidae) sensu lato in Southeast Turkey.J Med Entomol. 2017 Nov 23. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx213.

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