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  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Reproduction & Development, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, Victoria.

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Dr Huseyin Sumer attended the University of Melbourne for his undergraduate studies. He obtained his PhD at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the University of Melbourne in Professor Andy Choo’s laboratory working on centromere biology. Following the successful completion of his PhD on the chromatin organisation of mammalian centromeres in 2004, he was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Peter Doherty Biomedical training fellowship to undertake stem cell research in Dr Paul Verma’s laboratory. There he has been working in the area of stem cells with a research interest in cell reprogramming. He is currently funded by the Dairy Futures CRC to utilize stem cell technology in cattle.


  1. Kelly R.D., Sumer, H., McKenzie, M., Facucho-Oliveira, J., Trounce, I.A., Verma, P.J., St John, J.C. (in press) The Effects of Nuclear Reprogramming on Mitochondrial DNA Replication. Stem Cell Reviews and Reports.
  2. Malaver-Ortega, L.F., Sumer, H., Liu, J., Verma, P.J. (in press) The state of the art for pluripotent stem cells derivation in domestic ungulates. Theriogenology.
  3. Khodadadi, K., Sumer, H., Pashaiasl, M., Lim, S., Williamson, M.,and Verma. P.J, 2012, Induction of Pluripotency in Adult Equine Fibroblasts without c-MYC. Stem Cells International. 2012:429160.
  4. Heffernan, C., Sumer, H., Malaver-Ortega, L.F, Verma, P.J. 2012, Temporal Requirements of cMyc Protein for Reprogramming Mouse Fibroblasts. Stem Cells International. 2012:541014
  5. Liu, J., Balehosur, D., Murray, B., Kelly, J., Sumer, H., Verma, P., 2012, Generation and characterization of reprogrammed sheep induced pluripotent stem cells, Theriogenology , vol 77, issue 2, Elsevier Inc, United States, pp. 338-346.
  6. Sumer, H., Liu, J., Verma, P., 2011, Cellular reprogramming of somatic cells, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology , vol 49, issue 6, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, India, pp. 409-415.
  7. Liu, J., Ashton, M., Sumer, H., O'Bryan, M., Brodnicki, T., Verma, P., 2011, Generation of stable pluripotent stem cells from NOD mouse tail-tip fibroblasts, Diabetes , vol 60, issue 5, American Diabetes Association, United States, pp. 1393-1398.
  8. Liu, J., Sumer, H., Leung, J., Upton, K., Dottori, M., Pebay, A., Verma, P., 2011, Late passage human fibroblasts induced to pluripotency are capable of directed neuronal differentiation, Cell Transplantation , vol 20, issue 2, Cognizant Communication Corp., United States, pp. 193-203.
  9. Sumer, H., Liu, J., Malaver, L., Lim, M., Khodadad, K., Verma, P., 2011, NANOG is a key factor for induction of pluripotency in bovine adult fibroblasts, Journal of Animal Science , vol 89, issue 9, American Society of Animal Science, United States, pp. 2708-2716.
  10. Tat, P., Sumer, H., Pralong, D., Verma, P., 2011, The efficiency of cell fusion-based reprogramming is affected by the somatic cell type and the in vitro age of somatic cells, Cellular Reprogramming , vol 13, issue 4, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, United States, pp. 331-344.
  11. Sanchez-Partida, L., Kelly, R., Sumer, H., Lo, C., Aharon, R., Holland, M., O'Bryan, M., St John, J., 2011, The generation of live offspring from vitrified oocytes, PLoS ONE , vol 6, issue 6 (Art. No: e21597), Public Library of Science, United States, pp. 1-11.
  12. Sumer, H., Nicholls, C., Liu, J., Tat, P., Liu, J., Verma, P., 2010, Comparison of reprogramming ability of mouse ES and iPS cells measured by somatic cell fusion, International Journal of Developmental Biology , vol 54, issue 11-12, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain, pp. 1723-1728.
  13. Sumer, H., Jones, K.L., Liu, J., Heffernan, C., Tat, P.A., Upton, K.R., Verma, P.J., 2010, Reprogramming of somatic cells after fusion with induced pluripotent stem cells and nuclear transfer embryonic stem cells, Stem Cells and Development , vol 19, issue 2, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers, United States, pp. 239-246.
  14. Tat, P., Sumer, H., Jones, K., Upton, K., Verma, P., 2010, The efficient generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from adult mouse adipose tissue-derived and neural stem cells, Cell Transplantation , vol 19, issue 5, Cognizant Communication Corp., United States, pp. 525-536.
  15. Sumer, H., Liu, J., Verma, P., 2010, The use of signalling pathway inhibitors and chromatin modifiers for enhancing pluripotency, Theriogenology , vol 74, issue 4, Elsevier Inc., United States, pp. 525-533.
  16. Sumer, H., Nicholls, C., Pinto, A.R.I., Indraharan, D., Liu, J., Lim, M.L., Liu, J., Verma, P.J., 2009, Chromosomal and telomeric reprogramming following ES-somatic cell fusion, Chromosoma , vol 5.111, Springer Berlin, Germany, pp. 1-10.
  17. Sumer, H., Liu, J., Tat, P.A., Heffernan, C., Jones, K.L., Verma, P.J., 2009, Somatic cell nuclear transfer: Pros and cons, Journal of Stem Cells , vol 4, issue 2, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., United States, pp. 85-93.
  18. Liu, J., Jones, K.L., Sumer, H., Verma, P.J., 2009, Stable transgene expression inhumanembryonic stem cells after simple chemical transfection, Molecular Reproduction And Development , vol 76, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, US, pp. 580-586.
  19. Sumer, H., Jones, K.L., Liu, J., Rollo, B., van Boxtel, A.L., Pralong, D.J., Verma, P.J., 2009, Transcriptional changes in somatic cells recovered from embryonic stem-somatic heterokaryons, Stem Cells and Development , vol 18, issue 9, Mary Ann Liebert Inc, United States, pp. 1361-1368.
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