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Alexandrina Burlacu, PhD

Principal Investigator

Coordinator of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology, ICBP-NS

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

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: Coordinator of Dept of Regenerative Medicine (since 2017), Principal Investigator (since 2015), Coordinator of Lab of Stem Cell Biology (since 2013)

  • 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)

  • Expert of the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (H2020-SC1-BHC-2018-2020);

  • Member of Scientific Evaluation Board for ERA-Net on Cardiovascular Diseases (ERA-CVD), 2019;

  • Expert evaluator of Food and Health Bureau, Health and Medical Research Fund, Hong Kong (2013-2019).


Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

  • Habilitation in Biology, ICBP “Nicolae Simionescu” (since 2018)

  • 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; Scientific Reports, Microvascular Research, J Tissue Eng Regen Med, Cytotherapy, Nanomaterials, Int J Mol Sci, Cell Mol Biol Lett, etc

  • 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



  • Total number of publications: 30; Patent applications: 2;

  • Main author in 20 scientific publications and one patent; two manuscripts as first author with more than 100 citations (2003; 2013); two manuscripts as first author with more than 50 citations (2011; 2008);

  • Total no of citations: 800 (Scopus), h-index: 15 (Scopus); Mean no of citations: 29


Project management

  • Coordinator of 15 research projects awarded by competitions (since 2000)

  • Partner responsible of 2 international grants.

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