I was initially trained as a medical doctor, worked briefly in pediatric oncology and pediatric AIDS, then switched to basic research after obtaining my PhD.
My research is focused on understanding the structure and function of cytokine receptors and their associated proteins, JAKs (Janus kinases) in physiologic and pathologic blood formation. We aim to elucidate the molecular bases of blood cancers, especially chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) such as Polycythemia Vera, Essential Thrombocythemia and Myelofibrosis, as well as secondary acute myeloid leukemia that derive from their progression.
In addition to being a member of the Ludwig Institute, I am a Professor and Head of Cell Signaling Pole at the Université catholique de Louvain's de Duve Institute. I am teaching advanced molecular biology to biomedical students and cell biology to medical students, and I am serving on review panels such as the European Research Council's panels for advanced grants.
MD, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
PhD, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
Fellowships: Anna Fuller Fellow in Molecular Oncology (jointly awarded by MIT's Center for Cancer Research and Yale University's Boyer Center for postdoctoral fellowship at MIT/Whitehead Institute) and Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Harvey F. Lodish of the Medical Foundation, Boston, at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
André Matthys-Bove Prize, Belgium, 2011
Maggy and Robert de Hovre Award in Immunology (Fondation Maggy et Robert de Hovre, Brussels, Belgium), 2003
Prize of the Romanian Academy, Romania, 1991