- I was born in Bucharest and went to elementary school in Bucharest, but I spent my vacations with my grandparents in Brasov, in Transilvania county. Brasov is a lovely mountain city with old and beautiful traditions that are very much alive in the people.
- I graduated in 1994 from the 'National College St.Sava'
- I graduated in June 1998 from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics with English as the teaching language. The diploma work concerned noise analysis using fractal methods. The purpose of the work was to evidence why a fractal analysis is needed to complement a statistical analysis of non-periodic time series, why a multiparametric analysis is also needed to describe this type of signals and, in the end, to show new perspectives on the technique of Principal Components Analysis and its ability to classify and discriminate among time series, in general and non-periodic time series, in particular. An idea of the work appears here.
- In 1996 I joined The Center for Complexity Studies, a Nongovernmental Association dedicated to popularize scientific knowledge and to rise the awareness for the necessity of continuous learning and of a knowledge-based society among people of all ages.
- For the period October 1998-July 1999, I made the decisive step towards studying Astrophysics: an Erasmus/Socrates scholarship at the University of Turin, Italy, with the great opportunity of working at the Astronomical Observatory of Turin within the Extragalactic Astrophysics Group. Besides being the first real contact with the vast world of Astrophysics data, it also gave me a lot of memories of a beautiful city, a wonderful country and great people that made my stay there an incredible experience.
- I have finished the PhD thesis in December 2003 at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona within the Department of Applied Physics. The work implied the use of the latest methods of the nonlinear dynamics (chaos theory). The target was a better characterization of the last phases in the lifes of stars of masses between 8.5 and 11 times the solar mass that show irregular pulsations of their envelopes. These last phases produce substantial mass loss from the star and thus play a critical role in the enrichment of the interstellar medium with heavy elements. The study was intended to give a better understanding of the processes leading to the ejection of the outer layers of this type of stars, process that ultimately produces both single ONe white dwarfs or massive white dwarfs in close binary systems causing nova explosions.
- In October 2004, I married Pau Fernandez, who is undeniably the cause of my happiness and who taught me to take the slightest problem as a challenge, learn from every step of its solving and always look for improvements.
- Since May 2004, I am a postdoc at the Complex Systems Lab of the University Pompeu Fabra, where I can apply the analisis tools and the knowledge of nonlinear systems gained during my PhD training to biological systems. And this turned out to be a never-ending story, with constant necessity to learn new methodologies and analisis techniques in order to confront tough challenges at every step!
- More about me at PRBB: Nov 2006