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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.