I graduated as a physicist at the University of Bucharest in 1995, with a diploma in Biophysics. Following a MSc in Neurobiology at the Faculty of Biology of the same institution, I obtained my PhD in Biology in 2002, with a thesis focused on the biophysics of ion pumps and transporters. Most of the experimental part of my PhD work was carried out at the Max Planck Institut for Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. Following my PhD I shifted my focus on cellular neuroscience, working on sensory transduction in mammalian primary afferent neurons. I was the beneficiary of an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Physiology and Experimental Pathophysiology in Erlangen, Germany, where I continued my work on Transient Receptor Potential ion channels and voltage-gated sodium channels and their modulation in pathophysiological states, such as inflammation and diabetic neuropathy. Since 2008 I am a professor of Neurobiology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, where I also lead a research group working on cellular and molecular mechanisms of thermoreception and nociception in the peripheral nervous system. I have co-authored 26 research articles and reviews in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Communications and the Journal of Neuroscience.