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Ioan Valentin Matei, M.D., Ph.D.

Ioan Valentin Matei
Group: Systems Biology of Aging
Department: Bioinformatics & Structural Biochemistry

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests: aging, synthetic biology, C.elegans modeling, regenerative medicine and stem cell science, cell therapies


Ioan has a background in regenerative medicine, cell therapies, stem cells and diabetes research. He has worked extensively on endocrine pancreatic cell differentiation, starting with his Ph.D. at the Nippon Dental University Graduate School at Tokyo, where he studied dental-derived mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into endocrine pancreatic cells, and devising an in vitro model of glucotoxicity mitigation, as a recipient of the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship.
During his postdoctoral years, he worked at the Center for Gene and Cellular Therapies in the Treatment of Cancer OncoGen Timisoara, and then as part of the Dia-Cure project at Titu Maiorescu University’s Acad. N. Cajal Institute of Medical Research and Fundeni Clinical Institue’s Center of Excellence in Translational Medicine, coordinated by Prof. Sarah Ferber of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and The Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, studying the modulation of diabetic liver-to-pancreas transdifferentiation.
Ioan developed an interest in ageing research and synthetic biology, and is currently a member of the Systems Biology of Aging Group led by Dr. Robi Tacutu, working with Dr. Simona Ghenea on CRISPR-based gene editing for corroborating models of synergistic gene interaction generated through bioinformatic modeling for regulating longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans.


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Gerontomics: Multi-omics prediction system for prioritization of gerontological interventions 2016-2021
Acronym: Gerontomics
Project director: Robi Tacutu

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.

Automated Nematode Screening for Neurodegenerative Diseases 2020-2022
Acronym: ANS-ND
Budget: 600,000 RON
Project director: Robi Tacutu

The project aims to experimentally develop an integrated and automated solution for screening drugs and genetic interventions for neurodegenerative diseases, using the nematode C. elegans and ageing-related data.