Catalina has obtained her first Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science from the University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest and the second Bc in Biology from “Alexandru Ioan Cuza’’ University of Iasi. From 2004 until 2008 she was employed as a researcher in EU FP6 funded Research Training Network Project INTEGRAL “Intensifying Training in Europe on Genomic Research Activity in Legumes”, theme “Metabolism of Lotus nodules, in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, of the Agricultural University of Athens. Her research during this period led to the completion of her PhD thesis. She has worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Athens (2008-2009) and the Institute of Biological Researche – Iasi, Romania (2012-2015 ). From March 2015, Catalina has joined the lab in the THALIS project, Title: Contribution of Mycorrhizae to the sustainability of marginal Mediterranean ecosystems – development of mycorrhizal inocula. She is currently employed as post-doctoral fellow in the EU project TRIFORC with main interests in investigating the role of tritrpenes in the legume-rhizobium interaction.
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