Prof. Dr. Nedime SERAKINCI

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Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı, Head of the Near East University Centre of Excellence, Genetics and Cancer Diagnosis-Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Head of Departments of Medical Genetics, North Cyprus.

Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı, completed her undergraduate degree in biology at 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 PhD at Department of Medical Biology and Genetics in Marmara University, Turkey and Human Genetics Aarhus University Denmark. She established ‘Stem cell and Gene Therapy’ division at the Institute of Human Genetics at Aarhus University with the funding from various projects.

Prof. Serakıncı’s besides medical genetics he research interested is 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 expertises are in Medical Genetics, 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.

She is the Chairperson of the Centre of Excellence and the head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Department of Medical Genetics within the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Genetics and Cancer Diagnosis and Research Centre at the Near East University Hospital in 2011.