Andreea Munteanu

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My work during PhD research at UPC centered on the applications of nonlinear dynamics to astrophysics, investigating on the possible chaotic origin of irregular variable stars. At present and after quite a course change, my work as a postdoc at the Complex Systems Lab in Barcelona (with Ricard Solé) concerns the analysis and the conception of biological models associated to a theoretical artificial cell. My work develops in the mark of the PACE European project aiming at the theoretical and experimental realization of a synthetic protocell. I'm very interested in exploring the transition from the chemical to the biological level, including biochemical cycles, spatial pattern formation, emergent robustness and regulation mechanisms in biological systems. Specifically, as tools of this exploration, my present and imediat-future interests are related to computational cell biology, that is (chemical) network analysis as well as improving stochastic spatio-temporal simulations of biochemical systems.

I am an extremely lucky scientist to be able to continue to satisfy as an adult the curiosity for my childhood passions: astrophysics and biology. If my luck continues in the future, I'll try to combine these two research fields.

Here comes the reply to Daniel's questions: (see Forum too)

What topics do you have some expertise in and would you be willingto help others learn them?
Applications of dynamic systems in biology: biochemical oscillations and chaos, biological switches;
Basics of stochastic simulations in chemical reactions
What do you want to learn?
Complexity in molecular cell biology
Flux balance analysis in networks
Do you have any projects that would benefit from interdisciplinary approach?
Synthetic genetic circuits
Modeling of cellular functions and mechanisms
Do you have any ideas for what sort of project you would like to attack this summer?
Biosphere-geosphere regulation models (Gaia theory) ... or
Cellular processes, synthetic genetic circuits
What's your favorite "big problem"?
Emergence of life
If you were given the opportunity to see where we were in one hundred years with respect to progress on one problem/subject, what would it be?
If we are still here in 100 years (which means that we solved the energy problem and the sustainability problem), I'd like to see solved the artificial intelligence issue. That is, I'd like to see an artificial brain constructed.

--Andreea 11:49, 23 April 2006 (MDT)