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Stoytcheva Zoia Raykova
Junior Researcher, Institute of Biogenesis Research
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
Stoytcheva Zoia Raykova received an MS degree in biological engineering from the Sofia State University, Sofia, Bulgaria followed by a PhD degree from the Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. After graduating she joined the Thyroid Division of Bingham and Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA to study the mechanism and efficiency of selenoprotein biosynthesis in Dr. M.J. Berry’s laboratory. She continued her work in selenoprotein field, following Dr. M. Berry’s relocation to the University of Hawaii, in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Through the use of bioinformatics and laboratory based methods, she investigated co-regulatory patterns and transcriptional regulation of mice and human selenoprotein genes. In 2009, she joined Dr. M. Ward’s laboratory at the Institute of Biogenesis Research in the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology, as Postdoctoral fellow. Her focus was the function of the Y chromosome encoded genes in male fertility, the expression of protamines and transition proteins in sub fertile and infertile mice, and spermatogenesis development in mice with only a limited Y chromosome complement.
Currently, she is a Junior Researcher in the same Department.
1. Transgenis and Gene therapy
2. Transcriptional regulation of gene expression
3. Role of selenoproteins in reproductive biology and human health