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National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania
Dr. Valentina Dinca was born on December 3rd, 1977 in Dragasani, Romania. She studied Medical Physics at Bucharest University, and received her Ph.D. degree in the field of biomedical physics from Bucharest University and FORTH-IESL, Greece where she was awarded with a Mari-Curie Ph.D. student research fellowship for 24 months (2006-2008). She completed her training research as post doc at Barcelona University (Spain) (2010-2011) and EMPA (Switzerland)(2013-2014), as well during various short research stages at University Mons-Hainaut, Belgium, LENS, Florence, Italy, Paul Scherrer Institute, Materials Group, Switzerland, LP3-CNRS, Marseille, France.
Her work implies using lased based techniques for applications starting from shape memory alloys coatings, bio and chemical sensors to surface processing for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. More specifically, the directions followed are:
-Organic and inorganic thin film deposition by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE);
-Laser based methods for biological compounds, natural and synthetic polymers patterning (LIFT) for bio-platforms and sensors.
Her latest research focuses on designing and modulating biointerfaces for in vitro analysis of surfaces characteristics effects on mammalian cells e.g. excimer laser structuring, topographical gradients of polymeric, hybrid and composites materials: 2D and 3D surface structuring for cellular behaviour and interaction studies).
In the last 7 years she managed and coordinated as PI several national research grants in the field of biomaterials. She is the first author and co-author of more than 50 scientific papers in highly ranked scientific journals (Hirsch Index: 16) (Nano Letters, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Biosens Bioelectron., Biomaterials Science, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Applied Surface Science, Biomedical Microdevices, etc).
She is also a reviewer for ISI journals: Applied Surface Science, Biomaterials Science, Biofabrications, Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Applied Physics A, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, etc.
Title of ICPAM talk: Micro-and nanostructured bio-surfaces produced by laser-based approaches for in vitro modulated response of mammalian cells