TargEar – team members

“Apollonia” University of Iasi, Romania – Promoter:

Popa Marcel – Project manager – University professor

Prof. dr.ing. Dr.H.C.Marcel Popa has obtained the title of doctor in 1989 at the Polytechnic Institute of Iasi.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4929-0830

H Index: 29 (with over 3900 citations).

He has an important experience in research in various fields concerning macromolecular compounds, especially in polymer biomaterials: bioactive polymers (polymers syetems containing  drug, enzymes, cells, microorganisms encapsulated), hydrogels (films, micro- and nanoparticles), drug delivery, interpenetrating networks, chemical modifications of polysaccharides. He coordinated the theses of 44 certified doctors, he is Chief Editor or member of the editorial committee of 6 scientific journals. He has received numerous awards and medals for the research activity as the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of 2 universities from France, and he is a member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. The scientific research activity resulted in 10 books published (2 abroad), 31 monographs and chapters of books published abroad, 458 published works (295 in ISI journals), 548 papers presented at scientific events (402 international), 20 national patents, 2 books edited abroad. He participated as member of director at over 70 contracts and grants (one international).


Popovici Daniela Raluca – Economic Manager – Economist


Atanase Leonard Ionut – Experienced researcher

Prof. L.I. Atanase has obtained his PhD in 2010 at the University of Upper Alsace, Mulhouse, France.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3657-1492

H-Index: 15

He has a valuable practical experience not only in the synthesis and molecular characterization of tailor-made block or graft copolymers but also on their colloidal characterization. In fact, he studied the self-assembly of different types of amphiphilic block and graft copolymers in aqueous or non-aqueous media as a function of the molecular characteristics of the copolymers, temperature, pH, absence or presence of anionic surfactants. Actually, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine and the Coordinator of the Biomaterials department from University “Apollonia” of Iasi. His areas of expertise include several research axes, such as: synthesis and physicochemical characterization of copolymers, self-assembly of amphiphilic block and graft copolymers, interactions between anionic surfactants and copolymers, emulsions, hydrogels, and drug delivery systems. He published 31 ISI articles (23 as first or corresponding author) (IF >110 and over 270 citations), 5 books chapters, and has over 40 communications.


Cadinoiu Anca Niculina – Experienced researcher

Scientific Researcher 3rd degree at the „Apollonia” University from Iasi, Romania.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3708-3992

H-Index = 10

PhD in Materials engineering (2011)

Expertise in: synthesis and characterization of hydrogels, liposomes and complex systems (liposomes in crosslinked polymer matrices), micro/nanoparticles, hybrid microparticles with medical applications; liposomes functionalization; in vitro drug release and biological testing (hemocompatibility, hemolysis, protein adsorption).

Expertize regognized by 19 published papers in ISI Journals, 4 book chapters published abroad, 1 university textbook and over 45 communications at international scientific meetings, projects as research leader, member in national/international projects, research stages at University of Portsmouth, England and Université du Sud Toulon-Var, France.


Rata Delia Mihaela – Experienced researcher

Scientific Researcher 3rd degree at the „Apollonia” University from Iasi, Romania, with PhD degree in the field of Materials engineering.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4917-9406

H-Index = 8

Experience in the preparation of drug delivery systems based on synthetic and natural polymers. The main areas of expertise are: the synthesis and characterization of cyclic anhydride-based copolymers; polymeric surface functionalization; chemical modification of polysaccharides (chitosan); synthesis and characterization of micro and nanocapsules based on natural (chitosan, gelatine) and synthetic copolymers as carriers for controlled/sustained drug release; hybrid particles polymer – magnetite with applications in drug delivery; study of the release of bioactive components from nano-structured matrices; hydrogels based on natural and synthetic polymers; in vitro biological testing (hemocompatibility, hemolysis, protein adsorption) of different type of biomaterials.

The scientific experience is reflected by the publication of 14 articles in ISI journals, 3 book chapters, 2 papers published in conference proceedings, 3 papers published in BDI journals, responsible in 1 national project where “Apollonia” University is partner, project member in 8 research grants, and 32 scientific communications at international conferences.


Daraba Oana Mihaela – Experienced researcher – Lecturer

Lecturer PhD at the „Apollonia” University from Iasi, Faculty of Medical Dentistry

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1762-1340

H-Index: 6

Experience: My research activity is carried out in the cell culture laboratory of the “Apollonia” University of Iasi, and the skills obtained in working techniques on cell cultures, allow me to evaluate, in vitro, the cytotoxicity of various materials with applicability in medicine.

The scientific experience is reflected by the publication of 12 articles in ISI journals, 3 articles in ISI journal without an impact factor, 18 articles in BDI, CNCSIS journals, 6 articles in abstract, 92 scientific communications at national and international conferences, 3 books, member in 5 research grants, Project Manager in 1 scientific project, member in 2 projects as expert.


Mihalache Gabriela – Experienced researcher – Associate professor

Rector of the „Apollonia” University from Iasi

Associate professor at the „Apollonia” University from Iasi, Faculty of Medical Dentistry

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1893-5109

H Index: 7

Research areas: synthesis and characterization of thin layers by cathodic spraying, thermal evaporation and electrodeposition; synthesis of nanostructures embedded in chemical and electrochemical methods; synthesis and characterization of nanostructures (nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanowires etc.) based on metals, oxides and polymers; synthesis, characterization and testing of composed nanopartics systems oxide / fiber polymer; synthesis and characterization of composite metal / carbon systems; synthesis of metal nanotubes / AAO systems


Radulescu Luminita – Experienced researcher – University professor

Prof. dr. Luminița Rădulescu has obtained the title of doctor in 2002 at the University of Medicine Iași

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4626-555x

H Index: 9 (with over 300 citations).

She has an important experience in research in various fields concerning Otorhinolaryngology, especially in otology, ear implants and genetic of deafness. She was part of the team that perfomed the first Cochlear Implantation in Romania in 2000 and since than she implanted over 700 cochlear implants. She organized and was the President of the Organizing Committee of the14th edition of the European Symposion of Paediatric Cochlear Implants held in Bucharest in 2019. She coordinates 7 PhD theses. She is member of the editorial committee of 2 scientific journals. She has received numerous awards for her activity and also the title of Visiting professor. The scientific research activity resulted in 4 books published,  over 100 published works, over 200  papers presented at scientific events (30 international), 1 national patents. She participated as member or director at 10 contracts and grants.


Martu Marius Cristian – Junior researcher – Assistant professor

Assistant professor at ENT Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” Iasi; ENT Surgeon;

PhD Thesis on predictive factors for Cochlear Implant users (2012)

Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=16646375300

H index: 6

He has experience in research in various fields concerning Otorhinolaryngology, especially in otology and ear implants. He worked in various types of teams involved in the organization of 10 scientific and cultural conventions with national and international attendance.

The scientific experience is reflected by the publication of 4 books and 2 book chapters, over 31 published works, 1 national patent (Patent Number: RO128260A2; RO128260B1). He participated as team member or manager in 8 research grants.


Budau Corina – PhD student

Dentist since 2014

University assistant at the “Apollonia” University from Iasi

PhD student at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi jointly with the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi

Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57204056699


Institute of Biological Research – INCDSB, Iasi, Romania – Partner 1:

Vochita Gabriela – Principal Investigator in the project

Senior researcher 2nd degree (SR II) at the Institute of Biological Research Iasi, branch of NIRDBS Romania, with PhD degree in the field of Cytogenetics.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0876-473X

H-Index = 13 (https://scholar.google.ro/citations?hl=ro&user=Wn1RriQAAAAJ)

Experience in evaluation of interaction between some natural or synthetic compounds with genetic material in order to establish the main mechanisms implied in the cellular response. The main areas of expertise are in animal and plant cytogenetics field (karyotype, idiogram, physical and chemical mutagenesis, in situ hybridization, electrophoresis, micronuclei test, and comet assay), molecular biology (cell cycle, viability, and apoptosis), biochemistry (analysis of main antioxidant enzymes plant and animal cells), in vitro cell cultures, light and fluorescence microscopy approaches.

The scientific experience is represented by ISI articles (37), book (1) and Romanian (1) and English book chapter (1) as co-author, papers published in BDI journals (70), Romanian responsible for Dubna international cooperation projects (from 2011 to present), partner responsible for national and international projects, member in research teams of 50 national and international projects, participation of international (50) and national (55) conferences/congresses.


Gherghel Daniela – Experienced researcher

Scientific Researcher 3rd degree at the Institute of Biological Research Iasi, branch of NIRDBS Romania, with PhD degree in the field of Animal Physiology.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9601-7928

H-Index = 10 (https://scholar.google.ro/citations?hl=ro&user=huFNChoAAAAJ)

Experience in development of the in vitro experiments on different normal and tumor cell lines, appanage of cellular and molecular biology.

The main areas of expertise are: in vitro cell cultures techniques (healthy and neoplastic cells); elucidation of the mechanisms of action of various possible therapeutic agents at the molecular, subcellular, or cellular level; biochemistry; in vivo screening on healthy animals or bearing of different types of tumours; animal physiology; therapeutic strategies.

The scientific experience was materialized through the publication of 23 articles in ISI journals, 2 book chapters (co-author), 47 papers published in BDI journals, more than 350 citations, Romanian responsible of international cooperation projects (8 projects: JINR – Dubna, since 2015), national project responsible (2 projects), and member in 38 scientific projects, patents for invention (BI no. 128512/30.12.2014/OSIM).


Mihai Cosmin-Teodor – Experienced researcher

Scientific Researcher 2nd degree at the Institute of Biological Research Iasi, branch of NIRDBS Romania, and Scientific Researcher 3rd degree at Advanced Research and Development Centre in Experimental Medicine (CEMEX), Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0945-5437

H-Index = 14 (https://scholar.google.ro/citations?hl=ro&user=yuenCSkAAAAJ)

Experience in animal cell culture techniques, molecular biology, flow cytometry and microscopy. The main areas of expertise are: in vitro identification and selection of antitumoral possible candidates by short- and long-term studies. Investigation of cell apoptosis, cell cycle, cell proliferation, and reactive oxygen species levels by flow cytometry and/or biochemical assays. Assessment of genotoxicity by COMET test; in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility studies.

The scientific experience is represented by 45 ISI articles (with 652 citations) and participation in over 20 national and international projects.


Stache Alexandru-Bogdan – Research assistant – Scientific research assistant

PhD student at Faculty of Biology, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University from Iasi.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8502-8093

H-Index = 2

PhD field research: Molecular biology – anti-tumoral effects of cold atmospheric plasma treatment.

Expertise in: nucleic acid isolation, DNA sequencing, molecular phylogenetics, gene expression analysis (RT-qPCR), mammalian cell culture and cold atmospheric plasma (in vitro testing of its cytotoxicity and anti-tumoral effects).

Dissemination of scientific results: co-author of 2 articles published in ISI journals; participation at 3 international and 5 national conferences.


Moldovan Cristina-Veronica – PhD student

PhD student, Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1079-5981

PhD field research: Microbiology – antibiotic resistant bacteria, antibacterial compounds

Expertise in: cell culture, bacterial culture, isolation and characterisation of resistant bacteria, antibacterial compounds testing, synthetic flavonoids, antibiotic resistance mechanisms testing.

Member in national/international research projects, participation at international and 4 national conferences, A+ (Antibiotice SA Iasi) Summer school, volunteer at TransMed Expert clinical laboratory.


University of Oslo, Norway – Partner 2:

Bo Ørjan Gunnar Nystrøm – Principal Investigator P2 – University professor

Sande Sverre Arne – Experienced researcher – University professor

Athar Mahdieh – PhD student







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