National College “Fratii Buzesti”, Craiova, Romania, 2004 – 2008; King’s College London, 2008 – 2012; University College London, 2012 – 2015
Romanian Diploma de Baccalaureate, BEng Mechanical Engineering
Self employed Tutor with Blue Tutors
University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Favourite thing to do in my job: Go to conferences and talk about science with other scientists.
I develop mathematical models of cells to understand how they move and communicate with eachother.
My Typical Day
My day is usually split between talking to other scientists about their experiments, analysing movies of moving cells, and writing computer programs.
I am a computational scientist, which means that I am mainly working on a computer analysing data from experiments or writing computer programs that simulate different biological processes. This provides me with a lot of flexibility in terms of my working day… For example, somedays I could be working from 8am to 9pm from my home office, whilst other days I could be working from 10am to 6pm at King’s College London (where collaborators are) and then go to the gym and/or meet with friends. This is one of the things I love most about being a scientist… you are more or less your own boss 🙂
What I'd do with the prize money
I would organise a hands on event about bioinspired engineering.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
curious, creative, outgoing
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I was part of a team of PhD students that tried to build an affordable Atomic Force Microscope from Lego and 3D printed parts. This microscope would have been used to improve the way high school science is taught in China.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I was always curious about how things work.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course! I constantly played pranks to my friends and teachers.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Software Engineer/Developer or Financial Analyst or Streetdancer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Anything with a good beat!!
What's your favourite food?
Traditional Romanian food.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
My own research institute with unlimited funds; a 3 months trip to the International Space Station; luck to achieve the other 2 wishes.