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Dr Huseyin Sumer

Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology


Dr Huseyin Sumer attended the University of Melbourne for his undergraduate studies. He obtained his PhD at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute from the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Prof KH 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 Prof Paul Verma’s laboratory at the Centre for Reproduction and Development at the Monash Institute of Medical Research. There he worked in the area of stem cells with a research interest in cellular reprogramming. He also explored genome editing techniques and the use of stem cell technology in agricultural species such as dairy cattle.

Huseyin joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2014, where his current research activities are focused on building stem cell capacity at the university through collaborative projects. This includes research relating to cellular reprogramming, disease models, mesenchymal stem cells and bioengineering. He has current collaborative student projects on; Aerosol printing for bioengineering, culturing stem cells on nano-surface structures, as well as utilising biotechnology for the prevention of restenosis. He also currently has an active collaboration an industry partner in Dr Kiran Shah at Magellan Stem Cells, at the Melbourne Stem Cell Centre, investigating mesenchymal stem cells used for regenerative medicine.

Huseyin is currently the Course Director of the Bachelor of Science Honours degree. His passion for science education is highlighted by a Vice Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award in 2019 as part of the SHINE team.

Summary of Research Outputs/Publications (Dec 2020):  
1) Number of refereed publications (career)= 46
2) 7 book chapters
3) 1 book edited
4) Total number of citations = 1374
5) H-index = 19
6) i10-Index  = 27
* as off March 2021

Research interests

Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Baculovirus gene delivery for production of iPS cells: The aim of this project is to clone the mammalian cell pluripotency reprogramming factors Oct3/4, Sox2, Kfl4 and c-Myc cassettes into baculovirus transfer vectors as a novel non-integrating viral delivery system.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology - 310100
  • Regenerative Medicine (incl. Stem Cells) - 320606
  • Tissue Engineering - 400311

Teaching areas

Biotechnology;Cell Biology and Biochemistry;Molecular Biology


  • 2005, International, NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Training Fellowship , NHMRC


Also published as: Sumer, Huseyin; Sumer, H.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Role of TGF-? proteins in regulating skeletal muscle mass *; Monash University
  • 2019: An Interdisciplinary Molecular, Cell Biology, and Surface Engineering *; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2019: Use of iPS cell -derived endothelial cells to limit vascular regrowth after vessel stenting *; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2017: Characterisation of mesenchymal stem cells *; Magellan Stem Cells Pty Ltd

* Chief Investigator

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