Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Elif ERSON BENSAN

Middle East Technical University, Department of Biological Sciences, 06800 Ankara/TURKEY

Office Room: 141

Tel: +90 312 210 5043

Fax: +90 312 210 7976

E - Mail: erson[at]metu.edu.tr

Web: http://www.metu.edu.tr/~erson

Education: Bs, METU; Ms, PhD, Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Research Interest: Cancer Genetics

Description of research activities: Identification and characterization of molecular genetic mechanisms important in the pathogenesis of malignancies.

Selected Publications:

1.Akhavantabasi S*, Akman HB*, Sapmaz A*, Keller J, Petty EM, Erson AE, USP32 is an active, membrane-bound ubiquitin protease overexpressed in breast cancers. Mamm Genome. 2010 Aug;21(7-8):388-97 * Equal contribution

2.Erson AE, Petty EM miRNAs and cancer: New research developments and potential clinical applications, 2009 Dec; 8 (24): 2319 - 2324
3. Selcuklu DS, Yakicier C, Erson AE. An investigation of microRNA genes mapping to genomic instability regions in breast cancer. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2009,189(1):15-23.
4. Sukas S, Erson AE, Sert C, Kulah H, A parylene based double-channel micro-electrophoresis system for rapid mutation detection via heteroduplex analysis. Electrophoresis. 2008, 29: 3752-758
5. Erson AE, Petty EM. microRNAs in Development and Disease. Clinical Genetics. 2008, 74(4):296-306
6. Erson AE, Petty EM. Decreased CHFR expression is associated with early G2/M checkpoint defects in breast cancer cells. Molecular Carcinogenesis. 2004 Jan, 39 (1): 26-33
7.Erson AE, Niell BL, DeMers SK, Rouillard JM, Hanash SM, Petty EM. Overexpressed genes/ESTs and characterization of distinct amplicons on 17q23 in breast cancer cells. Neoplasia. 2001 Nov-Dec,3(6): 521-526.
8.Bespalova IN, Van Camp G, J H Bom S, Brown DJ, Cryns K, DeWan AT, Erson AE, Flothmann K, Kunst HP, Kurnool P, Sivakumaran TA, Cremers CW, Leal SM, Burmeister M, Lesperance MM. Mutations in the Wolfram syndrome 1 gene (WFS1) are a common cause of low frequency sensorineural hearing loss. Hum Mol Genet. 2001 Oct, 10 (22): 2501-2508.
9.Rouillard JM, Erson AE, Kuick R, Asakawa J, Wimmer K, Muleris M, Petty EM, Hanash S. Virtual genome scan:a tool for restriction landmark-based scanning of the human genome. Genome Res. 2001 Aug, 11(8): 1453-1459

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