Through my scientific career I have gained an extensive set of hard skills ( chemical and biological laboratory experience, proficiency in several complex measurement techniques) together with a solid background in data statistics and image processing, and a pertinent set of soft skills (leadership skills, time management, problem-solving, decision-making, adaptability, critical thinking, proactive, team player). My PhD research project was part of an intense collaboration between KU Leuven/IMEC and VIB, Leuven, Belgium, allowing me to gain laboratory and scientific experience in a multidisciplinary research environment. During my scientific career I have tackled with different biomedical topics focused on the tuning of biomaterials surface properties in order to improve biocompatibility and on the study of diseases (Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer) at molecular and cellular and tissue level.
PhD student Leuven, Belgium
November 2010 --- October 2016
The main research topic of my PhD project was, firstly, the study of the aggregation process of the Aβ peptides (small peptide responsible for Alzheimer disease) and, secondly, the interaction of the Aβ aggregates with the neurons membrane by means of Bio–AFM/Force Spectroscopy. I have employed the AFM - Imaging mode for monitoring the aggregation behavior of the Aβ peptides and AFM - Force Spectroscopy for quantitatively evaluate the interaction forces that occur between the Aβ peptides and the cells membrane at single molecule level.
I have vast experience tackling also with other nanomedicine research topics revealed by the collaboration with Peter Carmeliet lab (VIB, Belgium) in the study of cancer metastasis, and furthermore, by the collaboration with Kirsten L. Van Landuyt lab (KU Leuven, Belgium) related to the study of new dental materials.
AdaptabilityAnalytical thinkingApproachabilityAssertivenessAttention to detailAuthenticityCollaborationCommunicativeCompetitivenessCoordinationCritical thinkingCuriosityProactivityProblem solvingPerspectiveResponsibilityResult Oriented
Animal models Biostatistics Cell biology Lab scale batches Negotiation BiochemistryAnimal ModelsAutoclaveBioanalysisBiochemistryBiological Drug DevelopmentBiomedical EngineeringBiologyBiomedical SciencesActions and modes of action of human physiologyAntibodiesBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologieCancerCancer ResearchCell biologyCell CultureCell Based AssaysCell SignalingChemistryCNSCoachingBiotechnologyBioprocessingElectrophysiologyElectrophoresisELISADrug metabolismConfocal MicroscopyData AnalysisDNADesign of Experiments (DOE) EnglishFluorescence MicroscopyFlow CytometryIn VitroIn vitro diagnostics (IVD)Laboratory ManagementLaboratoryIt skillsLaboratory ResearchLaboratory SkillsLaboratory study designLaboratory TechniquesLaboratory testingNeuroscienceNanomedicineNanotechnologymolecular biologyMaterials ScienceMammalian Cell CultureLife SciencesLifesciencesLinuxMatlabMicrobiological TechniquesMicrobiologyMicroscopyMolecular & Cellular BiologyMicrosoft WordPhysicsPhysiologyPeptidesPathologyPublic SpeakingReport WritingScientific methodologyScientific WritingSmall moleculesTeachingTeam BuildingTeam LeadershipTeam ManagementTeamworkTechnical reportsSystems BiologyTestingWestern BlottingSAS R&D Scientific writingAnimal HealthImmunofluorescenceImmunoassaysImmunocytochemistry (ICC)Six Sigma
Skills and Expertise
Use a confocal microscopy Write papers Write protocolsAnalyze data/information to determine potential relationships.AlzheimerAssist with experimentsBiomarker ResearchCell cultureCollaborate with principal investigatorCollect dataConduct literature searchesConduct university research Confirm protocol complianceData validationDesign protocolsDesign scientific experimentsDesign scientific projects (in biology)Evaluate stability data Evaluate protocolsExecute scientific projectsInterpret datalifesciencemanaging a small teamManuscript reviewNegotiate protocol details Oral presentationOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Prepare manuscriptPresent data at congressProvide trainingPublish scientific projectsRead medical literatureShipment of biological specimenTeachingValidate data
Ph.D. in Biophysics , Biochemistry and Life Science from KU Leuven/IMEC, Belgium in 2017
Master in Biophysics and Medical Physics from Alexandru Ioan Cuza Uninversity, Iasi, Romania in 2010
Bachelor in Biophysics from Alexandru Ioan Cuza Uninversity, Iasi, Romania in 2008
Training and Certification
AFM Sysmex in 2012 Training
Life Science Imaging & Microscopy workshop from Bruker in 2016 Certification
The addicted brain, EMORY University, Atlanta, USA, via Coursera in 2016 Certification
Summer school of Physical Characterization of Nanostructures, Leuven, Belgium in 2011 Certification
Expert has 3 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)