Cahit Ozturk

Research Technologist (FSC)
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

Dr. Cahit Ozturk is a research technologist and associate researcher at Arizona State University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Ozturk met with the bees in 1989 in his university years and he started to keep his own colonies. He graduated from the Animal Science department in 1993. He received his Master’s in Royal Jelly production in 1997. After completion of his master's degree, he has worked at the two different Universities Beekeeping community colleges as a lecturer from 1994 to 2001. Dr. Ozturk then served as the head of the beekeeping department and researcher from 2001 to 2014 in a Government research Institute in Turkey. During this time he earned his Ph.D. in Bee Genetics and Breeding in 2014 from Cukurova University, Turkey. His dissertation work involved searching breeding possibilities on a hygienic line with selection in the southeast Mediterranean region in Turkey. After completion of his Ph.D. in 2014, he moved to the US to join the bee research lab at ASU. His main area of honey bee breeding and management, including royal jelly production, queen bee rearing, in vitro bee rearing, hygienic behavior selection, bee genetics, and instrumental insemination of queen bees. He currently works with several distinguished research teams as a research technologist and co-instructor at ASU where he helps design projects focused on honey bee learning and behavior.