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educator , research scientist , Biomedical engineer

Akif Undar, American research scientist, biomedical engineer, educator. Research grantee, American Heart Association Texas affiliate, 1998-2000, Tanox, Inc., 1999-2001, National Institutes of Health, 2000, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, since 2005, Pennsylvania Health Department, since 2004.


Undar, Akif was born on August 3, 1963 in Istanbul, Turkey. Arrived in the United States, 1987. Son of Fikret and H. Neriman Undar.


Bachelor of Science, Yildiz University, Istanbul, 1986. Master of Science, Southwest Texas State University, 1992. Microsoft Security Essentials, University Texas, 1994.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, 1996.


Assistant instructor, director surgical research University Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, 1996—1997. Instructor Baylor College Medicine, Houston, 1997—1999, assistant professor surgery, 1999—2002, associate professor, 2002—2003. Associate professor pediatrics, surgery & bioengineering Pennsylvania State College Medicine, Hershey, 2003—2009, professor pediatrics, surgery & bioengineering, since 2009.

Teaching assistant University Texas, Austin, 1994—1996. Director perfusion research Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, 1997—2001, director research, 2001—2003. Presenter, lecturer in field.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Artificial Organ, since 2003, ASAIO Journal, since 2004. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member of Children's Miracle Network (grant since 2003), Pennsylvania State Hershey Center Pediatrics Cardiovas. Research (founder, director since 2009), International Society Pediatrics Mechanical Circulatory Support (founder, president since 2010), International Society Rotary Blood Pumps, Biomedical Engineering Society, International Society Artificial Organs.


Married F. Pinar Albayrak. Children: Damla, Akifcan.

Fikret Undar

H. Neriman Undar

F. Pinar Albayrak

Damla Undar

Akifcan Undar