Robi Tacutu, Ph.D.
Group: Systems Biology of AgingDepartment: Bioinformatics & Structural Biochemistry
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Robi continued his research as a postdoc (2011-2015) at the University of Liverpool, in the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group, led by Dr. Joao Pedro de Magalhaes. Here, he had a role in developing and curating the Human Ageing Genomic Resources collection of databases relevant to ageing research, and was later awarded a EU FP7 Marie Curie fellowship for developing and interrogating an integrated model of ageing to identify causal relationships between hormonal changes and gene expression changes.
Since 2016, Robi leads the Systems Biology of Aging Group (a group of more than 15 people) at the Institute of Biochemistry and focuses on using computational methods in conjunction with large screening datasets to understand the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms behind ageing, longevity and age-related diseases.
Robi has expertise in Biology of Ageing, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Network Biology, and Synthetic Biology.
- . LRRpredictor-A New LRR Motif Detection Method for Irregular Motifs of Plant NLR Proteins Using an Ensemble of Classifiers. Genes (Basel), 2020, 11(3): 286IF=3.33
- . A polycarboxylic chelating ligand for efficient resin purification of His-tagged proteins expressed in mammalian systems. RSC Advances, 2020(10): 23931–23935IF=3.04
- . Lactoferrin in Bone Tissue Regeneration. Current medicinal chemistry, 2019, 12(16)IF=3.89
- Targeting TRAIL. Bioorg Med Chem Lett, 2019, 18(29): 2527-2534 . IF=2.45
- . Profiling Optimal Conditions for Capturing EDEM Proteins Complexes in Melanoma Using Mass Spectrometry. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 2019, 1140: 155-167IF=2.13
- . Human Ageing Genomic Resources: new and updated databases. Nucleic acids research, 2018, 46(D1): D1083-D1090IF=11.15
- . Wide-scale comparative analysis of longevity genes and interventions. Aging cell, 2017, 16(6): 1267-1275IF=7.63
- . A network pharmacology approach reveals new candidate caloric restriction mimetics in C. elegans. Aging cell, 2016, 15(2): 256-66IF=6.71
- . Systematic analysis of the gerontome reveals links between aging and age-related diseases. Human molecular genetics, 2016, 25(21): 4804-4818IF=5.34
- . Tissue repair genes: the TiRe database and its implication for skin wound healing. Oncotarget, 2016, 7(16): 21145-55IF=5.17
- . MitoAge: a database for comparative analysis of mitochondrial DNA, with a special focus on animal longevity. Nucleic acids research, 2016, 44(D1): D1262-5IF=10.16
- . The Digital Ageing Atlas: integrating the diversity of age-related changes into a unified resource. Nucleic acids research, 2015, 43(Database issue): D873-8IF=9.20
- . Transcriptome analysis in calorie-restricted rats implicates epigenetic and post-translational mechanisms in neuroprotection and aging. Genome biology, 2015, 16: 285IF=11.31
- . Characterization of functional transient receptor potential melastatin 8 channels in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells. Pancreas, 2014, 43(5): 795-800IF=2.96
- . Human Ageing Genomic Resources: integrated databases and tools for the biology and genetics of ageing. Nucleic acids research, 2013, 41(Database issue): D1027-33IF=8.81
- . LongevityMap: a database of human genetic variants associated with longevity. Trends in genetics : TIG, 2013, 29(10): 559-60IF=11.60
- . Gadd45 proteins: relevance to aging, longevity and age-related pathologies. Ageing research reviews, 2012, 11(1): 51-66IF=5.95
- . Prediction of C. elegans longevity genes by human and worm longevity networks. PloS one, 2012, 7(10): e48282IF=3.73
- . Molecular links between cellular senescence, longevity and age-related diseases - a systems biology perspective. Aging, 2011, 3(12): 1178-91IF=5.13
- . Is rate of skin wound healing associated with aging or longevity phenotype?. Biogerontology, 2011, 12(6): 591-7IF=3.34
- . MicroRNA-regulated protein-protein interaction networks: how could they help in searching for pro-longevity targets?. Rejuvenation research, 2010, 13(2-3): 373-7IF=4.22
- . The NetAge database: a compendium of networks for longevity, age-related diseases and associated processes. Biogerontology, 2010, 11(4): 513-22IF=3.41
- . The signaling hubs at the crossroad of longevity and age-related disease networks. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology, 2009, 41(3): 516-20IF=4.89
- . Common gene signature of cancer and longevity. Mechanisms of ageing and development, 2009, 130(1-2): 33-9IF=4.18
Starting 02.09.2016, the Institute of Biochemistry of the Romanian Academy is implementing the project “Multi-omics prediction system for prioritization of gerontological interventions”, co-funded through European Fund for Regional Development, in accordance with the funding contract signed by the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research. The total funding for the project is 8.524.757,50 lei, of which 8.502.557,50 lei represent non-reimbursable funding. The project’s duration is 48 months.
The Systems Biology of Aging team is grateful for the "Microsoft Azure for Research" sponsorship awarded to our group. We have received cloud computing resources worth the equivalent of 20,000$ credits, and this has greatly helped us to speed up some of our research projects.
Starting 01.06.2019, the Institute of Biochemistry of the Romanian Academy is implementing the EMBED project, funded by UEFISCDI (contract 103, from 01.06.2019), through the ERA-NET COFUND-NEURON III grant call. The project aims to assess the shared molecular links between pre- and post-natal, metabolic and psychosocial stress, and the risks of depression later in life, and its duration will be 36 months.