KUISCID June 2023 Newsletter
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JUNE 2023
This is a monthly newsletter from KUISCID. We present our research output and news about our activities.

KUISCID Newsletter is Now Two Years Old!

In the monthly bulletin of KUISCID, which was established in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to feature news directly from the center. We persist in sharing research, events, and announcements on a monthly basis.

In a short period of time, KUISCID has become a pioneering center in its field in Turkey. We define our mission as finding solutions to infectious problems that closely impact people’s lives, developing approaches towards these solutions, and engaging in a cycle of sharing our findings with the community.

For the past two years, our bulletin has been published without interruption. This is a significant achievement for the continuity of scientific production and serves as an important factor demonstrating the sustainability of our center and its endeavors.



National Genomic Surveillance Strategic Meeting

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Turkish Ministry of Health organized a meeting on 13-15 June in Ankara. The scope of the meeting was the role of genomic surveillance in infectious diseases epidemiology. Current laboratory organizations and genomic surveillance applications were discussed in the meeting, and KUISCID was the only center invited, with the participation of KUISCID Director Prof. Önder Ergönül and Assoc. Prof. Mert Kuşkucu.

Along with the surveillance, the importance of the outputs of COVID-19 and the implication of genomic surveillance to infectious agents were discussed in the meeting in terms of defining rational public health strategies.


Virus Hunters

KUISCID researchers have published their study in which they collected viral samples from air of hospital settings in  Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR). According to their findings, the Omicron variant spreads rapidly and is able to overcome the immune response which can still cause hospitalization. Full text article can be reached from the link “Omicron Positivity in Air of Hospital Settings Gathered COVID-19 Patients, Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Populations”.

We congratulate our researchers.

Click here for the publication.


ERASMUS+ Staff Exchange

Under the ERASMUS+ staff exchange program of Koç University – American University of Beirut, Mirna Bau Hamdan visited KUISCID as a guest researcher and shared her experiences in the center.

Click here to watch.


ESCMID Observership

KUISCID hosted its first observer, Dr. Waqas Ahmad under ESCMID Collaborative Center program. Dr. Ahmad currently conducts research on Epidemiology and Public health and applied to the exchange program for a 10-day visit to KUISCID. We would like to thank Dr. Oğuz Usta for mentoring Dr. Ahmad. Through this exchange program, KUISCID researchers will find the opportunity to visit centers in Europe within the observership program.


Marmara University Medical Students Congress

Koç University  4th year medical student Selin Kolsuz won the best oral presentation award at Marmara University Medical Students Congress with her study “Transcriptional and genomic changes of pyoverdine siderophore systems in Pseudomonas aeruginosa ST235 high-risk clone” in second place. We congratulate our researcher for her ongoing studies at the center.


Would you like to be a researcher at KUISCID?

We look for new team-mates for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology research! Apply to us if you would like to become one of our researchers!

Click here for application.