Dr Ilknur Aktan

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy
+44 (0)1483 686757
01 VSM 02


University roles and responsibilities

  • Module Leader for Structure and Function 6: Organs of special senses and Endocrine systems


    Research interests



    I. Aktan, K. A. Sprigings, R. M. La Ragione, L. M. Faulkner, G. A. Paiba and M. J. Woodward (2004) Characterisation of attaching-effacing Escherichia coli isolated from animals at slaughter in England and Wales.Veterinary Microbiology. 102, 43-53.
    D. F. Twomey, I. Aktan, J. D. Boon, R. J. Higgins, R. M. La Ragione, G. D. Preston (2005) Streptococcus bovis biotype I meningoencephalitis in an alpaca (Lama pacos) cria in the United Kingdom. Veterinary Record. 160, 337-339.
    I. Aktan, R. M. La Ragione, M. J. Woodward (2007) Colonization, persistence, and tissue tropism of Escherichia coli O26 in conventionally reared weaned lambs. Applied Environmental Microbiolology. 73, 691-698.
    T. Ooka, M. A. Vieira, Y. Ogura, L. Beutin, R. M. La Ragione, P. M. Van Diemen, M. P. Stevens, I. Aktan, S. Cawthraw, A. Best, R. T. Hernandes, G. Krause, T. A. Gomes, T. Hayashi, G. Frankel (2007) Characterisation of TCCP2 carried by atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 271, 126-135.
    I. Aktan, R. M. La Ragione, G. C. Pritchard, M. J. Woodward (2007) Prevalence of attaching and effacing Escherichia coli serogroup O103 in Orphan lambs on an open farm in eastern England. Veterinary Record. 161, 386-388.
    I. Aktan, B. Carter, H. Wilking, R. M. La Ragione, L. Wieler, M. J. Woodward and M. F. Anjum (2007) The influence of geographical origin, Host animal and Stx gene on the virulence characteristics of Escherichia coli O26 strains. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 56, 1431-1439.
    I. Aktan, M. J. Woodward, R. M. La Ragione (2009) Interaction between attaching-effacing Escherichia coli O26:K60 and O157:H7 in young lambs. Research in Veterinary Science. 87, 13-15.
    I. Aktan, B. Dunkel and F. M. Cunningham (2011) PKC isoenzymes in equine platelets and stimulus induced activation. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 141, 276-282.
    R. M. La Ragione, A. Best, I. Aktan, F. A. Clifton-Hadley , A. H. Dugdale , U. Weyer , T. Crawley, P. Townsend, W. A. Cooley, L. Johnson, A. Wangoo , M. J. Woodward , A. D. Wales (2011) Escherichia coli O115 forms fewer attaching and effacing lesions in the ovine colon in the presence of E. coli O157:H7. Research in Veterinary Science. 93, 42-45.
    I. Aktan, B. Dunkel and F. M. Cunningham (2013) Equine platelets inhibit E. coli growth and can be activated by bacterial lipopolysaccharide and lipoteichoic acid although superoxide anion production does not occur and platelet activation is not associated with enhanced production by neutrophils. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 152, 209–217.
    I.Aktan, S. Lygo-Baker (2016) Veterinary student attitudes and concerns towards cadaver use in
    anatomy teaching. https://veted.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/veted-2016-guide-postconference.pdf