Alexandrina Burlacu, Ph.D., Coordinator of Lab. of Stem Cell Biology, ICBP-NS

Date and place of birth: August 07, 1974, Zalau, Romania

Gender: Female

Education: PhD in Biological Sciences (Distinction: Summa cum Laude) with the thesis: “Molecular and cellular alterations induced by oxidative stress in the myocardium; in vitro regeneration of cardiomyocytes using bone marrow stromal cells”, Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Maya Simionescu (2005)

Trainning and Research Stages: Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland (2003); Biomedical Scientific Park Rome, Italy (2005); Cold Spring Harbor, New York (2006); Huddinge Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden (2006); University of Minnesota, USA (2007); University of York, UK (2007); University of Heidelberg, Germany (2011); Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research, Aachen, Germany (2012).

Positions and Employment:

  • Current position: Principal Investigator (since 2015), Coordinator of Dept of Regenerative Medicine (since 2017), Coordinator of Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology (2013-present)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomaterials for tissue engineering and implantology, Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania (2010-2013)

  • Long-term expert in the Biology domain-POSDRU/159/1.5/S/133391 (2-14-2015) (2014-2015)


Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

  • Graduate and master program advisor, scientific supervisor for PhD candidates

  • Invited peer reviewer for PLoS One, Stem Cells, Cell &Tissue Res, Stem Cell Develop, J Cell Mol Med, Cardiovasc Drug Ther; Regen Med; JoVE; Scientific Reports; Diabetes Res Clin Pract

  • Guest editor for a special issue in Curr Stem Cell Res Ther (2013)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of World Journal of Biological Chemistry (since 2013)

Honours and awards:

  • 2014: Romanian Academy award in Biological Sciences

  • 2013: Herbert Berler-Barbu Award - Nicolae Cajal Foundation & Romanian Academy of Medical Science

  • 2002: Prize for Scientific Debut –Romanian Academy and National Science & Art Foundation



  • Number of publications: 1) total: 27; 2) first author: 11; 3) corresponding author: 10;

  • Total number of citations: 625; H-index: 11;  


Research Support

  • Ongoing projects:

2017-2020: "Transnational Research Projects on Cardiovascular Diseases", ERA-CVD Joint Transnational Projects; Parteners: (1) Hannover Medical School (Project Director: Dr. Thomas Thum); (2) Maastricht University (Partner Responsible: Dr. Leon de Windt); (3) Humanitas Research Hospital (Partner Responsible: Dr. Gianluigi Condorelli); (4) Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (Partner Responsible: Dr. Valentin Fuster/ Vicente Andres); (5) University of Lorraine (Partner Responsible: Dr. Faiez Zannad); (6) Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology (Partner Responsible: Dr. Alexandrina Burlacu; 200,000 Eur).

2014-2017: “Ischemic tissue engineering by combinatorial transplant:piecing together the puzzle to gain mutual benefits for graft survival and host tissue repair”, PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-1614 (125,000 Eur); Coordinator: Dr. A. Burlacu.

2016-2020: “Improve institutional competitiveness in the field of type 1 diabetes by developing an innovative concept of immunotherapy based on mesenchymal stromal cells” POC-A.1-A.1.1.4-E-2015, Proiect manager: Dr. Nadir Askenasy (Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel), Scientific Coordinator: Dr. A. Burlacu (2,000,000 Eur).

  • Completed Research Support:

Coordinator of 10 national research projects; Collaborator in 4 international research projects; Collaborator in 8 national research projects.