Dr. Erol Baysal

Dr. Erol Baysal
Consultant & Head of Molecular Genetics Department
Dubai Health Authority
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Erol Baysal graduated from University College London (UCL) in 1983 with honours and completed his doctorate at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (RFHSM), University of London, in 1987. His doctorate thesis led to the publication of more than a dozen scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals which earned him the coveted ‘Peter Samuel Award’. In 1987 he was offered a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at New York University Medical Center (NYUMC), USA.

In 1990 he was appointed as Assistant Professor to the Medical School Faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, USA. He became the youngest faculty and Head of one of the largest DNA diagnostic laboratories in the USA. He worked closely with his Director and Chairman, the late Prof. T.H.J. Huisman, one of the most distinguished pioneers in the field of haemoglobinopathies. In 1995, he was appointed as Consultant Molecular Geneticist at the Dubai Genetic & Thalassemia Center. He is currently the Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit. In 1996, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the clinical faculty at Dubai Medical College. Since 2005, he has been the head of the; Prenatal Diagnosis Program for thalassemia and Premarital Screening Mandatory Program for haemoglobinopathies.

His experience in the field of hemoglobinopathies and genetic diseases spans all continents. He has served as consultant to the UN, WHO, NIH, TIF and serves on the editorial board of several reputed scientific and medical journals. He is a founding and executive board member of Dubai-based CAGS (Center for Arab Genomic Studies).

He received scholarships and numerous awards in the UK and USA. He is the recipient of the ‘Best Project’ award in 1983, at UCL, under late Sir James Whyte Black (1988 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine). In 1994, he was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences as ‘Lifetime Member’ for his outstanding contributions to the field of genetic blood disorders.

He discovered novel PCR methods to diagnose the most common thalassemias in the world. His methods are used routinely in all hemoglobinopathy diagnostic laboratories worldwide.

He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has authored and co-authored 10 book chapters. In 1997, he co-authored the Reference Book “The Syllabus of Thalassemia Mutations”, one of the most cited publications in the literature. In 2002, he was awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences. In 2006, the Royal College of Physicians, London, bestowed upon him an Honorary Fellowship for his distinguished contributions to science and medicine. The Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the Royal College grants to medical professionals.

In 2008, he was inducted into “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare”. In 2013, BGI, China, the world’s largest genomics institute with more than 5000 scientists, bestowed upon him Honorary Professor title.

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