BS: 2001 – Department of Biochemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Penn State College of Medicine (since 2018; Assistant Professor 2012-2018)
Penn State MSTP (MD/PhD Program) Executive Steering Committee member (since 2018)
- Option in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
- Option in Translational Therapeutics
Penn State University Graduate Council (2016-2018)
Grants and Awards
R01 grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (2019-2023)
Pennsylvania Dept. of Health TSF CURE award to improve precision oncology therapy (2019-2020)
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State College of Medicine (2019)
Leadership Academy for Excellence in Academic Medicine (by Penn State Smeal College of Business Executive Programs) (2018)
Exceptional Teacher Recognition by the Penn State Office for a Respectful Learning Environment (2018)
4Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Collaborative Research Award (2018-2019)
Junior Faculty Teaching Award from Penn State College of Medicine Society of Distinguished Educators (2017)
R01 grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (2016-2021)
Department of Defense (Cancer Research Program) Career Development Award (2015-2018)
Jake Gittlen Foundation Collaborative Cancer Research Award (2014-2015)
Conquer Cancer Award by the Concern Foundation (2014-2016)
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2011)
Junior Research Award, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (2007)
Foundation Sarghie Brothers Prize (2001)
European Union Socrates fellowship (1999)
Awards to lab members:
2019 Emily Schleicher (PhD Student) awarded an NIH F31 pre-doctoral fellowship from the NCI (2019-2022).
2019 Emily Schleicher (PhD Student) awarded the Graduate Alumni Endowed Scholarship and the Karl H. Beyer Scholarship from Penn State College of Medicine.
2019 Kristen Clements (MD/PhD Student) awarded the Chuck Hill Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Biochemistry at Penn State.
2019 Kristen Clements (MD/PhD Student) awarded Best Poster Prize at the Penn State Ovarian Cancer Symposium.
2018 Michael O’Connor (PhD Student) awarded Best Poster Prize at the departmental retreat.
2018 Tanay Thakar (PhD Student) awarded a Travel Award by the BMS Graduate Program to participate at the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian DNA Repair, Ventura, CA.
2018 Nate Tolman (Medical Student) awarded the Hill Family Cancer Research Award for medical student research projects (MSR) at Penn State.
2017 Katherine Choe (PhD Student) awarded the Moskowitz Family Endowment Award for Graduate Research Excellence, at the 2017 Dean’s Graduation Award Ceremony.
2017 Adri Galvan (Medical Student) was selected for the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program.
2016 Dr. Claudia Nicolae (Research Associate) was awarded the Junior Faculty Development Award.
2016 Katherine Choe (PhD student) awarded the Chuck Hill Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Biochemistry at Penn State.
2016 Soraya Bascoy (Medical Student) was awarded the Hill Family Cancer Research Award for medical student research projects (MSR) at Penn State.
2016 Katherine Choe (PhD Student) was selected as future chair of the Gordon Research Seminar “DNA damage, mutations, and cancer”, Ventura CA, 2018.
2015 Dr. Claudia Nicolae (Research Associate) was awarded the American Cancer Society IRG award.