Team SDR


Team SDR

Synthetic Lethality in DNA Repair

The group aims to translate new synthetic lethal interactions between DNA repair genes into novel therapeutic targets in oncology. By performing targeted pooled screens in cells deficient in DNA repair genes, team SDR will strive to identify and characterize new drug targets in DNA repair and DNA replication as a potent tool to increase the efficiency of clinically used DNA damaging agents.

  • Dr. Balca Mardin
    Head of Laboratory, DNA Damage Response Research at Merck (Industry mentor)
  • Dr. Amir Abdollahi
    Translational Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg (Academic mentor)
The research of this team is kindly sponsored by Merck.

Our Team Members

Dr. Özdemirhan Serçin

Group Leader

 Short Bio
  • 2016–2021: Postdoctoral Researcher, Team DDC, BioMed X Institute, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2012–2015: Postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Cedric Blanpain, IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2006–2011: PhD Student and research assistant in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Dr. Raktim Biswas

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Short Bio
  • 2018-2022: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2015-2016: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biology, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • 2012-2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, Beckman Laser Institute Korea, Cheonan, South Korea
  • 2007-2011: PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, India

Manisha Manojkumar Singh

Research Assistant

 Short Bio
  • 2017-2020: Master of Science in Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology, Heidelberg University and DKFZ, Germany
  • 2019: Internship at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston, USA
  • 2012 – 2016: Bachelor of Engineering, BMSCE, Bangalore, India

Yuliia Borysovych

Master's Student

 Short Bio
  • 2020 – present: Master of Science in Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology, Heidelberg University and DKFZ, Germany
  • 2019: Mitacs Globalink Research Internship at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • 2016-2020: Bachelor of Science in Biology (high technology), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Team SDR Alumni

At BioMed X we care for the people who work with us. Staying in touch with those who left but mainly contributed to BioMed X’s success is key. That’s why they have their designated place on our website. So let’s keep connected!

Izlem Su Akan

Research Assistant

 Short Bio
  • 2020–2021: Research Assistant, Team DDC, BioMed X Institute, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2018 – 2020: Internships at ZMBH and DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2017 – 2020: Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2013 – 2017: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Istanbul, Turkey
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