Associate Faculty

Taliha Pasaoglu headshot.

Taliha Pasaoglu

Associate Faculty (Biological Sciences)
Biological Sciences
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Taliha was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey where the East meets the West. Istanbul, the ancient city literally sits on both the Asian and the European Continents. She began her education in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bogazici University in Istanbul.

Bogazici University is one of the best Universities in Turkey and she spent the most challenging years of her life there. Those years shaped her into who she is today. Why she is doing what she is doing is because of those hurdles that she experienced. 

She had earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the same school and came to San Diego to present her work at a conference. That’s where she met with her Ph.D. mentor, who was working at a University in Puerto Rico. After spending five years on that beautiful island studying Neuroscience at the Universidad Central del Caribe, she moved to the Bay Area.

Since 2016, she has been teaching at various Colleges and Universities, doing what she loves, teaching and supporting her students in any way she can. In her free time (if she has any!), she enjoys camping, hiking, gardening and joining local mushroom forays.


  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Universidad Central del Caribe (Puerto Rico)
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)

Courses Taught

  • Human Biology (BIO 11)
  • Human Physiology (BIO 48)

Favorite Quote

"Only from the heart can you touch the sky." - Rumi