Tursonjan Tokay

School of Sciences and Humanities, National Laboratory Astana, Laboratory of Biophotonics and imaging, Immunobiology Laboratory, Biology
Associate Professor

Prof. Tokay has 29 years of academic and research experience in the fields of biomedical research, clinical research and Biomedical teaching at 4 Universities in 4 different countries: Associate Professor of Human Anatomy at Xinjiang Medical University in China (13 years); Doctor and Postdoc at Rouen University in France (6 year); Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Physiology at Rostock University in Germany (8 years). Prof. Tokay also has administration and management experience at CLS, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan (2 years).

After graduation from Xinjiang Medical University, P.R. China in 1987, Prof. Tokay was appointed for an academic position in the same University. He participated in Anatomy teaching and several research projects of the University. In 1999, Prof. Tokay was honoured a Scholarship from “Chinese National Scholarship Council” and sent to France to complete a PhD program.

In 2005, after obtaining his PhD degree in Neurobiology with outstanding remarks (summa cum Laude), he was invited by University of Rostock / Germany to participate in a national research project granted by Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany. In 2009, Prof. Tokay was appointed for a permanent academic position at the University of Rostock.

Since July 2014, Prof. Tokay has been working at the Center for Life Science at Nazarbayev University as Deputy Director General on Science, Innovation and Academic Issues, and Head of Institute of Bioengineering, Regenerative Medicine and Neurophysiology, respectively.


Regulation of neurotransmitter receptors and brain function in health and disease.

     – To better understand the mechanisms of synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity

     – To investigate the role of glutamate receptors in learning and memory

Understanding the mechanisms of aging and neurodegeneration.

      – To investigate the role of beta-amyloid on astrocyte and AD

To explore the impact of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) on aging and neurodegeneration.

     – Development of new therapeutic strategies to neurological disorders

     – To search for molecules to prevent and treat epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders