Professor Candan Hizel

Candan Hızel, PhD Doctor of Science in Molecular Biology-Genetics 

  • Consultant-expert in Genomics for Health & Biotechnology 
  • Prof, Acıbadem University, Istanbul, Türkiye 
  • Research Director, Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenomics/genetics Research Centre-BIFAGEM, Izmir, Türkiye 


Candan Hızel received a PhD in cellular/molecular biology-human and medical genetics from Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand in France (1999). He has more than 15 years of experience in pharmacogenetics association studies, preparation of clinical pharmacogenetics study reports. Additionally, he has an expertise experience in startup biotechnology industry with a specific focus on genetic testing for human diseases as well as pharmacogenomics outcomes. 
Between 1999 and 2005, he was senior researcher of R&D department for genetic consulting company in France and in Canada, providing and processing pharmacogenetic information, performing research and analysis, producing individualized patient reports based on clinical information and pharmacogenetic testing by using expert system (ES) that allows automatic processing of pharmacogenetics association data. 

Dr. Hızel is interested in both pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (e.g., drug targets) dimensions of human pharmacogenetics variability. 

Other projects:

  • Pharmacogenetics and clinical active ADR survailance in clinical pharmacy and medicine;
  • Pharmacogenetic education for pharmacists and medical doctors in Türkiye. 

2010 - Realization of Pharmacogenenomics/genetics and Drug Safety Unit under the Faculty of Pharmacy at Marmara University in Istanbul.  

He organized and chaired 1st and 2nd symposium on “Advances in Predictive and Personalized Medicine” in 2006 and 2009 – Istanbul at Yeditepe University (with International participation), 1st educational certificate program “1st Inter University Certificate Program Of Predictive & Personalized Medicine in Daily Medical Practice” on May 2011- İstanbul at Yeditepe University and “1st international certificate program on predictive and personalized medicine/healthcare in daily modern medicine and pharmacy- P4 Medicine” on September 2012.He is currently working at Acibadem University in Istanbul in Türkiye.

  • lead scientist at Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenomics/genetics Research Centre-BIFAGEM in İzmir
  • Türkiye providing scientific expertise and R&D services as a center of excellence for personalized medicine in Türkiye, Eastern Mediterranean and the Turkic States in Central Asia.