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Work experience

2011 - Present

Assistant professor

Department of Biology and Microbiology, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

2005 - Present

Scientific assistant

Molecular Genetics Scientific Laboratory of Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

2007 - 2011

Lecturer

Department of Biology and Microbiology, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

2003 - 2010

Scientific assistant

Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Riga, Latvia

2003 - 2007

Assistant

Department of Biology and Microbiology, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

1999 - 2003

Laboratory assistant

Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Riga, Latvia

Present

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biology and Microbiology

Education and training

2011

Doctor of Medical Science, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

Thesis: "Evaluation of genetic risk factors in male reproductive pathology: Latvian population study"

2005 - 2008

PhD studies, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia

2003

Master of Science in Molecular Biology, University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, Riga, Latvia

Thesis: "Analysis of insertion element IS6110 in clinical samples of Mycobacterium tuberculosis"

2002 - 2003

MSc studies, University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, Riga, Latvia

2002

Degree of bachelor, University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, Riga, Latvia

Thesis: "Analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strands using molecular screening methods"

1998 - 2002

Bachelor studies, University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, Riga, Latvia

Achievements

Research expierinece

Since 2004 Molecular Genetics Scientific Laboratory of Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia in coloboration with Latvian Biomedical Research and Study centre, Riga, Latvia

Investigator in projects:

(1) „ Analysis of Y chromosome applied to the detection of molecular pathologies and population characteristics",

Latvian Council of Science (LSC) grant No. 04.1198 (2004 – 2008)

(2) „Molecularly genetic characteristics of Latvian population",

LSC cooperation project No. 05.0023

(3) "Genetic study of etiology of diseases, pathogenesis and human aging process in the population of Latvia",

LSC cooperation project No. 10.0010

2005 – 2009 Participant in project of European Social Fund (ESF) project "Support for doctoral and postdoctoral research in medical sciences and acquisition of scientific degree in Riga Stradins University"

(agreement No. 2009/0147/1DP/1.1.2.1.2/09/ IPIA/VIAA/009).

"Evaluation of genetic risk factors in male reproductive pathology: Latvian population study"

1999 – 2004 Latvian Biomedical Research and Study centre, Riga, Latvia

Assistant in projects:

(1) „Detection, identification and screening of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Baltic cantries",

INCOCOPERNICUS project Nr.97 – 3169

(2) „Development and aprobation of molecular biology methods for detection of multiresistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and for use of treatment and prevention of tuberculosis",

LSC Project No. 12-9-1410-1 and 12-9-1410-2

(3) "Molecular investigation of infectious aģents to understand mechanisms of multiresistance and genetic variability",

LSC cooperation project No.02.0011.15.1.

Teaching expierince

Since 2003 Riga Stradins University, Department of Biology and Microbiology

Undergraduate students Faculty of Medicine, subject "Molecular biology and genetics".

Undergraduate students Faculty of Dentistry, subject "Human biology".

Undergraduate students Faculty of Public Helth, subject "Biology".

Additional training

Further education course "Academical perfection in pedagogy, inovations and guidance for higher education system", University of Latvia, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psycology, Riga, Latvia ​

Supervised study course

Biology

Biology and Genetics

Biology and genetics

Lectured study course

Biology and Genetics

Biology

Biology and Medical Genetics

Cytology and Genetics

Medical Microbiology

Molecular Biology

Biology and Genetics

Human Behavioural Genetics

Medical Genetics

Memberships

2012

Latvian Human Genetics association

Awards and recognitions

Award of Latvian Scientific Counsel and pharmaceutical manufacturer „Grindex", in category for young scientists („Silver Owl" badge of honour, diploma and prize).


Publications

Research articles​​

Population genetics of Latvians in the context of admixture between North-Eastern European ethnic groups / A.Puzuka, A.Zarina, L.Gailite (Piekuse) ...[et al.] // Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Sect.B. - Vol.72, No.3 (2018, June), p.131-151. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Y-chromosomal lineages of Latvians in the context of the genetic variation of the Eastern-Baltic Region / A.Puzuka, R.Ranka, A.Krumina ...[et al.] // Annals of Human Genetics. - Vol.79, No.6 (2015, Nov.), p.418-430. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

MTHFR gēna polimorfismu C677T un A1298C saistība ar vīriešu neauglību / M.Kreile, L.Piekuse, A.Puzuka, A.Zariņa, J.Ērenpreiss ...[u.c.] // Zinātniskie raksti : 2011.g. medicīnas nozares pētnieciskā darba publikācijas / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2012. - 1.sēj., 270.-275.lpp.

Y chromosome - a tool in infertility studies of Latvian population / A.Puzuka, N.Pronina, J.Erenpreiss ...[et al.] // Генетика. - Т.47, N 3 (2011), с.347-353. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Abstracts​​

Y chromosome haplogroup analysis to estimate genetic origin of Balts / A.Puzuka, L.Piekuse, L.Pliss ...[et al.] // European Journal of Human Genetics. - Vol.21, Suppl.2 (2013, June), p.409-410. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Ethnogenetic estimation of Baltic ancestry / A.Puzuka, L.Piekuse, A.Krumina ...[et al.] // European Journal of Human Genetics. - Vol.20, Suppl.1 (2012, June), p.261. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Y chromosome haplogroup analysis to estimate genetic origin of Balts / A.Puzuka, L.Piekuse, L.Pliss ...[et al.] // European Journal of Human Genetics. - Vol.21, Suppl.2 (2013, June), p.406.-407. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Evaluation of molecular aspects of male infertility in the Latvian population / A.Puzuka, J.Erenpreiss, N.Pronina ...[et al.] // In Vivo : International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology and Drug Research. - Vol.25, N 3, (2011, May-June), p.554-555. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Evaluation of male infertility genetic aspects according Y chromosome microdeletion and haplogroup data in Latvian population : [abstract] / A.Puzuka, J.Erenpreiss, A.Krumina ...[et al.] // Nordic Association for Andrology (NAFA) Annual Meeting in collaboration with The Baltic Society of Andrology (Tartu, Estonia, Sept.10-12, 2010). - Tartu, 2010. - [Nav norādītas lpp.].

Y chromosome microdeletion and haplogroup patterns in Latvian population / A.Puzuka, J.Erenpreiss, A.Krumina ...[et al.] // 4th Utah/Florence Symposium on the Genetics of Male Infertility (Utah, USA, Febr.4-6, 2010) : Program and Abstracts. - Utah, 2010. - P.55.

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Alexander Lerner
Visiting professor
Aigars Pētersons
Rector, Academic Staff
Ludmila Vīksna
Head of the Department, Academic Staff, Chair, Convent of Councillors
Guntis Bahs
Vice-Rector for Health Studies, Academic Staff
Ilze Grope
Dean, Academic Staff
Sandra Lejniece
Dean, Head of Study Programme
Pēteris Tretjakovs
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme
Gunta Ancāne
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Maija Eglīte
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Dace Gardovska
Head of the Department, Academic Staff, Director of Strategic Relations
Juta Kroiča
Head of the Department, Academic Staff, Deputy Chair of the Senate
Guna Laganovska
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Dace Rezeberga
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Ilze Štrumfa
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Ilona Hartmane
Academic Staff
Regīna Kleina
Academic Staff
Gaida Krūmiņa
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