A graduate of Galatasaray Lycée Hakan S. Orer received an MD degree from Hacettepe University Medical School (Ankara, Turkey) in 1986, then, he completed his PhD thesis at INSERM U 288 (Paris, France), as a recipient of French Government scholarship and received a PhD degree in pharmacology in 1992 from Hacettepe University. He spent two years (1993-95) as a post-doctoral research fellow at Michigan State University (E. Lansing, Michigan) and joined the Department of Pharmacology at Hacettepe University Medical School in 1995. From 2003 to 2012 he served as the director (dean) of the graduate studies in allied health sciences at Hacettepe University. He joined Koç University School of Medicine in 2013. He is currently the chairman of Koç University Ethics Committees, a member of the National Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments and the UNESCO National Commission Expert Committee for Bioethics. His main research interests are the autonomic control of the blood pressure and the generation of sympathetic tone. Hakan S. Orer is recipient of Turkish Scientific and Technique Research Council (TUBITAK) Junior Scientist Award (1998). Other fields of interest include rational pharmacotherapy education, bioethics, bioinformatics and transgenic mice models. Dr. Orer is a member of Science Academy (Turkey), Turkish Pharmacological Society and American Physiological Society.