Birna Þorvaldsdóttir

Position: Doctoral studentheimasida
Telephone: 8661875
E-mail: bth60@hi.is
Location: Læknagarður, 4th floor

 

Studies

Graduated with B.Sc in Biology from the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland in the spring of 2013.

Began PhD studies in Biomedical Sciences in the fall of 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Jórunn Erla Eyfjörð at the Cancer research laboratory.

 

Research

B.Sc project

Title: Telomere-abnormalities on chromosomes in Fanconi Anemia D1.

Research carried out at the Cancer research laboratory in the spring of 2013. Supervisors were Sigríður Klara Böðvarsdóttir and Jórunn Erla Eyfjörð.

Project funded by the Student Innovation Fund the summer of 2013

Title: Telomere length in blood as a predictive marker for aneuploidy in breast cancer.

Research carried out at the Cancer Research Laboratory in the summer of 2013. Supervisor was Sigríður Klara Böðvarsdóttir.

PhD project

Title: Telomere dysfunction in BRCA related cancer

Description: The main objective of the project is to research telomeres in BRCA mutation carriers and in BRCA-related cancers in the Icelandic population, i.e. in breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. In the first part of the project the association between telomere length and cancer risk, cancer subgroup, cancer specific survival and different cancer treatments will be assessed. The results of this project may suggest if telomere length has a predictive value for the aforementioned factors concerning BRCA-related cancers.