Dr. Stefan G. Stanciu (34), the Principal Investigator (PI), is currently conducting his research activities as Principal Scientific Researcher III at CMMIP-UPB. His main research interests revolve around high- and super-resolution imaging by scanning laser and scanning probe microscopies. Stefan’s doctoral work (2007-2011, UPB) had been focused on the development of novel digital image processing and computer vision techniques that enhance the visualization, representation and display of Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy Data. Stefan has gained valuable R&D expertise by participating in more than 20 Research Projects funded by National or European Research Grants, starting with 2004. Prominent examples of the research projects in which he had participated to date as key staff are: CORDIS FP7- “Electrically Modified Biomaterials Surface: From Atoms to Applications” (2008-2011, http://www.bioelectricsurface.eu/); CORDIS FP7- “Label Free Nanoscopy Using Infra Red” (2012-2015, http://lanir.eu/), PN-II-PT-PCCA- “New methods and investigations protocols for the early diagnosis, efficient screening, prognostic and therapy of non-melanoma skin cancers based on existing and novel micro & nano optical tools” (2012-2016, http://nanolascan.ro/). Besides the R&D projects in which Stefan is currently participating, he is also acting as Management Committee Member in the COST Action CA15124 “A new Network of European BioImage Analysts to advance life science imaging (NEUBIAS)” (2016-2020, http://www.neubias.org). His participation in NEUBIAS will play an essential role with respect to keeping the work of MICRONANO aligned to the state-of-the art and to the latest trends in BioImage Analysis & Processing. With respect to editorial appointments, Stefan is currently a Review Editor for Frontiers in Nanobiotechnology and to date reviewed manuscripts for multiple journals, including Journal of Biophotonics, Microscopy Research and Technique, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Review of Scientific Instruments, IET Computer Vision, IET Image Processing, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, or PlosOne.
Dr. Radu Hristu (34), is conducting his research activities at CMMIP-UPB since 2007, the year when he graduated from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecomunications and Information Technology, in the field of Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies. In 2012 he defended his PhD thesis which was devoted to investigations on semiconductor materials and devices by using high resolution optical microscopy techniques. His areas of expertise are laser scanning microscopy (instrumentation and applications), scanning probe microscopy (instrumentation and applications) and optoelectronics.
Dr. Denis-Emanuil Tranca (30) has graduated the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology at Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2010. In October 2015 he defended his PhD thesis, which covered new investigation approaches using scattering-type Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy. Currently he is acting as Lecturer at the Physics Department of Politehnica University of Bucharest and his research interests are related to scanning probe microscopy, high-resolution optical microscopy techniques (especially different variants of scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy), new detection and investigation applications for scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy and also image processing techniques.
Alecs Andrei Matei (30) has graduated the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2011. His Bachelor Degree degree was obtained based on his study on the influence of chemical composition and heat treatment parameters on the
fracture behavior of a low alloy steel toughness. His master thesis (UPB,2013) dealt with theoretical and experimental studies on structural characterization of thin films deposited by PVD techniques by X-ray diffractometry. Currently he is a PhD student at Politehnica University of Bucharest and his research interests are related to X-ray diffraction (lattice parameters, phase identification, quantitative analysis, crystallite size and microstrain estimations, texture, thin films layer thickness and layer orientation), measurement uncertainty estimation and calculation, confocal laser scanning microscopy and atomic force microscopy.
Marius Popescu (40) is a specialist plastic surgeon at the Floreasca Clinical Hospital of Bucharest and also a Ph.D. student at University Politehnica of Bucharest, where his doctoral activities revolve around biophotonics topics. He is particularly interested in exploiting optical contrast mechanisms that rely on laser beam interaction with tegumentary tissues in the purpose of high and super-resolution tissue characterization and diseases diagnostics.
Dr. Paolo Bianchini (39) is acting in MICRONANO as an External Specialist Consultant, with his primary affiliation being the Italian Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Material Sciences from the University of Genoa with a thesis titled “Multimodal characterization of biological/biocompatible systems by means of advanced microscopy methods”. His current topics of research deal with the design, development and utilization of biophysical instrumentation oriented to the study of biological macromolecules‚ i.e. proteins‚ in thick tissues, in vitro and in vivo. He is particularly interested in multiphoton microscopy and two-photon excitation stimulated emission depletion nanoscopy. Paolo is active member of international scientific societies and has been selected as reviewer of different international scientific journals: Biophysical Journal, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Microscopy Research and Technique, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences.
Prof. George A. Stanciu (68) is acting in MICRONANO as a specialist advisor on scanning probe microscopy and scanning laser microscopy topics. Starting with 1973 he has been conducting research in the Laser Scanning Microscopy field ( 1977 his team reported the first world-wide Digital Laser Microscope – patent RO995574) and currently he acts as Professor of Physics, Optoelectronics and Microscopy Methods of Investigations at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology of University “Politehnica” of Bucharest.