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Research Project in Hamburg, Germany

Assistant Professor Adna Ašić performed a part of experimental work for her PhD dissertation at the BioGlobe Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany in April 2018. While in Hamburg, Dr. Ašić analyzed mutation distribution at 31 SNP loci related to predisposition to inherited thrombophilia and warfarin pharmacogenetics using MALDI-TOF MS technology. She also got introduced to ion-torrent next-generation sequencing platform for exon sequencing. This research effort is, apart from being a topic of Dr. Ašić’s PhD dissertation, also a part of the project that aims to develop models for successful routine clinical application of personalized medicine of thrombosis.


Erasmus Mobility in Wroclaw, Poland

GBE Department academic staff members Larisa Bešić and Adna Ašić took part in Erasmus Mobility Program with Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Wroclaw, Poland in July 2018. Our employees spent a week at the Faculty of Chemistry and visited several departments from this Faculty, namely Department of Biochemistry, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, and Department of Chemistry of Organic Compounds and Polymers. They were given an opportunity to learn about WUST laboratories and teaching style, as well as to establish international cooperation between our University and Faculty of Chemistry at WUST.


A month in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany

Elma Ferić Bojić, a senior teaching assistant in our Department, spent the month of May in the lab of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Clinic of Wurzburg. She performed various molecular biology techniques (RFLP and KASP) and learned new ones (pyrosequencing) in pursuit of her PhD project whereby she is analyzing genetic markers in association with post-traumatic stress disorder. While at Wurzburg, Mrs. Ferić Bojić also applied to attend 16th Berlin Summer School Psychiatry as a Science and as a Profession: Physical activity, exercise and mental disorders" organized by the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, that is taking place August 28th - September 2nd, 2016 in Berlin. Her application was successfully accepted.


Collaborative Project with Turkish Cypriot DNA Laboratory in Nicosia, North Cyprus

A project titled “Analysis of Molecular Genetic Diversity Based on Autosomal and YChromosomal STR Polymorphisms in the Northern Iraqi Populations” is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Serkan Dogan of International Burch University and Dr. Cemal Gurkan of the Turkish Cypriot DNA Laboratory. Buccal swabs of 500 males from the geographical regions that are known to be highly populated by the target populations will be collected. The project sets out to explore population genetics of the people in the Mesopotamia area in general, and those in the Northern Iraq area in particular, based on the analysis of 15-loci autosomal and 17-loci Y-chromosomal short tandem repeat polymorphisms. Sample collection, DNA extraction and quantification, PCR and genotyping by capillary electrophoresis, data analyses and write-up are a collaborative effort between Dr. Serkan Dogan, Dr. Damir Marjanović, PhD students Mustafa Dogan and Ramazan Tunc, Master student Hasan Emin Balkaya, all from International Burch University, Department of Genetics and Bioengineering, as well as Dr. Cemal Gurkan and Damla Kanliada Demirdov from the Turkish Cypriot DNA Laboratory. The project is expected to be completed in October of 2016 and yield several publications and conference participations.