Division of Plant Diseases and Microbiology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Marmara University, 34722, Göztepe, İstanbul, Turkey
Professor Meral Birbir received her PhD in 1991, with a study of Isolation and Identification of Bacteria Adversely Affecting Hide and Leather Quality at Marmara University, Turkey. She has been working in the Biology Department of Marmara University since 1985. She has been the Head of the Division of Plant Diseases and Microbiology, Biology Department of Marmara University, Turkey since 2012. She was a visiting research scientist in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Veterinary Medical School, Purdue University, USA, in 1990. She was a research scientist in Hides and Leather Department of USDA from 1992 to 1993. Professor Birbir has been a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association (JALCA) since 2014. Her research interests include environmental microbiology, food microbiology, fungi, yeasts, moderately halophilic bacteria, extremely halophilic archaea, hide microbiology, antimicrobial agents, electric current application and microbiology of hypersaline environments. Her work is reflected in more than 65 research articles and numerous presentations.