Dr. Niculina Musat

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

Dr. Niculina Musat

Curriculum Vitae


Since April 2012 Scientific Head of the Single Cell - NanoSIMS unit
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry
2008 - 2012 Scientist
Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
2006 - 2008 Post-Doctoral Fellow
Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany.
June
2006
Ph.D. in Biology
University of Bremen and Max-Planck Institute, Bremen, Germany
Apr. - Dec.
2001
Research Assistant, National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, ‘Horia-Hulubei’, Romania
2000 - 2001 Research Assistant
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology (half-time job)
2000 - 2001 Biologist
Shigella – Pseudomonas Department, Cantacuzino Institute, Bucharest, Romania
Feb.
2001
M. Sc. in Microbiology and Microbial Genetics
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, Romania
Jul.
1999
B.Sc. in Biology
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, Romania

Field of Expertise

  • Microbial Molecular Ecology
  • Nano-scale Secondary Ion mass Spectrometry (nanoSIMS) applications in microbiology field
  • Single cell analyses using fluorescence microscopy e.g. FISH, CARD-FISH and other techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Laser dissection microscopy (LMD)
  • Stable isotope labeling of biological samples


Main Research Interests

  • Development of novel methods to study single microbial cells in the environment using single cell techniques e.g., nanoSIMS, AFM, LMD and correlative microscopy
  • Linking metabolic activity to genetic identity of microorganisms in environmental samples
  • Microbial nitrogen, carbon and sulfur cycling in the oxygen-deficient terrestrial environments
  • Quantifying the function of uncultivated, yet novel microorganisms, in their natural habitat


Publications




Theses

M.Sc. thesis: “Comparative analyses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from clinical products and natural environments.” University of Bucharest, Romania (February 2001)
Ph.D thesis: “Molecular characterization of symbiotic associations between chemoautotrophic sulphur-oxidizing microorganisms and nematodes in shallow marine sediments”. University of Bremen and Max-Planck Institute, Bremen, Germany (PhD defence, June 2006).