Cristina-Maria Valcu


Main Focus

As a biochemist, my passion lies at the intersection of biochemistry, and behavioural and evolutionary ecology. Over the years, my research has primarily been focused on the proteome, encompassing the complete set of proteins expressed by organisms. My primary objective has been to decipher the proteome's role as a molecular foundation for adaptation, evolution, and behaviour. Recently, my focus has expanded to explore parental investment and its interplay with diverse mating strategies and environmental constraints. Utilizing a blend of laboratory work and comparative analyses, my work aims to unveil the intricate connections between molecular processes and the broader ecological context.

Curriculum Vitae

2013–present: Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (now: MPI for Biological Intelligence)
2008–2013: Postdoc, German Heart Centre Munich
2008: Invited scientist, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
2002–2007: PhD, Technical University of Munich
1999–2002: Research scientist, University of Bucharest
1996–1999: Research scientist, Institute of Pathology and Medical Genetics “Victor Babes”
1991–2000: Studies of Biochemistry and Systems Ecology, University of Bucharest
Grants and scholarships
2012: Research grant “Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre” TUM
2012: Post-doctoral scholarship “Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre” TUM
1999: SOCRATES/ERASMUS Scholarship, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

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