Mariana Carmen (Balotescu) Chifiriuc has started her research career in 1997, as a microbiologist in the National Institute for Research and Development in Microbiology and Immunology “I. Cantacuzino” of Bucharest, Romania. She received fellowships from the International Network of Pasteur Institutes and Associates (Bangui- 1999, Paris -2000).
PhD thesis: Host-parasite relationship. Opportunistic infections in HIV-infected patients (2005).
From 2001 to 2009, she was the National Data Manager for Romania in EARSS (European Antimicrobial Surveillance System). In 2003 she started the teaching career at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, where she is now Full professor of Microbiology and Immunology, PhD supervisor, Director of the Doctoral School of Ecology and Coordinator of the Life, environmental and earth sciences Division of ICUB.
Professor Carmen Chifiriuc is the coordinator, key member and responsible of 17 research internal financing grants and 5 research external financing grants. She is also a member of the research team in 50 national and international projects.
She published over 200 ISI research papers, Hirsch 30 (Scopus) index, 27 (WOS), >3500 quotes.
Main research focuses: investigation of the clinical/environmental reservoir of virulence and AR by phenotypic and genotypic tools; investigation of host-pathogen crosstalk during the infectious process, assessment of the antimicrobial activity of novel antimicrobial compounds, including nanostructures and nanomaterials.