Fulbright grants for Romanian Citizens

The Fulbright Program offers exchange opportunities to Romanian citizens - scholars, students and professionals - for study, research and teaching in the United States. These grants are supported by the U.S. and Romanian Governments and awarded through open merit-based competitions supervised by bi-national panels....

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Fulbright grants for U.S. Citizens

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is considered the flagship of international educational exchange program of the U.S. government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

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Educational Advising Center

The Fulbright Educational Advising Center (FEAC) is an intrinsic part of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the global EducationUSA network. FEAC is instrumental in furthering the Commission's mission to enhance mutual understanding between the USA and Romania and to promote enhanced intercultural skills.

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Fulbright Student Researcher, 2012-2013

A view from inside out

It all started several years ago, at the beginning of my PhD in Delft, The Netherlands, when I came across several papers written by Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, plant Biologist and professor at Colorado State University (CSU). And it was not long before I wrote her an email. The answer was prompt and encouraging. When the first signs of a successful Fulbright application became apparent, the potential host lab was already well defined on the map. Elizabeth had been working for many years on plants that hyperaccumulate selenium (a close relative of sulfur and an element known for its toxicity) but only marginally on the bacteria that dwell inside them.

The interesting part about bacteria and selenium is that some can metabolize it to nanoparticles, a hot topic nowadays. This is where Christopher Ackerson (CSU), top-notch Nanotechnology researcher, enters the scene. Together, we started to investigate what sort of relationship develops between bacteria and their host plants, but also the molecular reactions evoked by selenium when entering the bacterial cell. One of the major findings was a novel bacterial species that is highly specialized in dealing with toxic selenium by forming nanoparticles. Plants might use these ‘bugs’ to keep the levels of selenium under control. It seems, if properly arranged, all the pieces reconstruct a puzzle that started several million years ago, when the environmental constrains forced these partners to evolve together. Forced relationship, but a successful one!

Back to Europe, after the completion of the Fulbright stage, I followed up on the outstanding capacity of selenium nanoparticles to defy gravity. This is important in view of their environmental persistence and deleterious effects to aquatic life. Last December I defended my PhD thesis in Delft, a synthesis of the last 4 years of experimental research, with several important components developed and refined at CSU. The collaboration with Elizabeth and Chris is ongoing and we are currently exploring other ramifications of the initial project.
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