Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı was born in Nicosia in 1970. She completed her undergraduate biology degree in İstanbul University in 1992. She received her Master’s degree at Division of Internal Medicine, Çapa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University in 1993 and continued onto Faculty of Medicine with a special student status. She completed her first PhD at Department of Medical Biology and Genetics in Marmara University. Through her research on telomere-telomerase biology, cancer and stem cell biology, she received another PhD from Division of Human Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark in 2001.
With the funding she received for various projects, she established ‘Stem cell and Gene Therapy’ division within the Institute of Human Genetics at Aarhus University.
Besides medical genetics, Prof. Serakıncı also works on and interested in mesechymal stem cell biology, cancer and telomere/telomerase biology. In 2003, she became an associate professor in the field of Medical genetics and received another associate professorship in her second field of interest, aging and stem cell genetics, in 2007. She received professorship in the fields of medical genetics and stem cell genetics in 2011.
Her research expertise is in telomerase-immortalized mesenchymal stem cells and their use in gene therapy and development of tissue models for drug discovery.
Prof. Dr Serakıncı’s research program is focused on the molecular, cellular and developmental biology of the adult mesenchymal stem cell. The principle aim of the program is to develop strategic and technical approaches necessary to acquire an understanding of the mechanisms underlying stem cell self-renewal and differentiation processes. Ultimately the objective is to provide rational scientific foundations for the application of cell and gene based therapies to the treatment of human disease and injury.
She has established two class II laboratories and 4 fully-equipped genetic diagnosis and genetic research laboratories. She also established and led the Stem cell and Gene therapy division.
She has conducted many research projects and has more than 25 internationally-acclaimed papers. She has also written 5 book chapters. Additionally, her papers on cancer stem cells and genetics has been ranked among the top 10 scientific publications in the world in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
Furthermore, she has been invited to give talks and seminars on mesenchymal stem cells and cancer to many countries including to the one of the world’s leaders in cancer research, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Prof. Dr. Serakıncı has established Medical Genetics and Cancer Diagnosis and Research Center at the Near East University Hospital in 2011 and she has been leading the centre since then while continuing to lead the Aging and Telomere Genetics division at the University of Southern Denmark.
Seminars and Conferences Organized by Prof. Dr. Serakıncı
1. Workshop on Telomeres and Telomerase in Cancer and Aging), Aarhus Denmark, June 2002.
2. Stem Cells & Telomerase: Targets for transformation & therapeutic applications), October 2004, Famagusta, TRNC.
• American Society of Human • Genetics (ASHG)
• The National Human Genome , Research Institute (NHGRI) Mentor Network
• American Society of Human Genetics
• American Society of Gene Therapy
• European Cytogenetics Association
• European Society of Human Genetics
• Member of Aarhus University Molecular Biology Censors
• Association of Medical Biology and Genetics