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Horia Banciu

Universitatea Babes-Bolyai , Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Born: 1974

Interests: biophysics, biochemistry, environmental microbiology and biotechnology

2004 - PhD in Biology/Microbial Biotechnology at Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands;
2006-2012 - Lecturer in Biophysics and Cell Biology (for Chemistry Students) at Department of Biology, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2012- Present - Associate Professor in Biophysics and Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids at Department of Biology, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Research interests: physiology and biochemistry of extremophilic prokaryotes, diversity of microbial communities in natural habitats, protein isolation and characterization.

Selected publications:
• Baricz A, Coman C, Andrei A-S, Muntean V, Keresztes ZG, Pausan M, Alexe M, Banciu HL. . Spatial and temporal distribution of archaeal diversity in meromictic, hypersaline Ocnei Lake (Transylvanian Basin, Romania). Extremophiles, 18 (2), pp. 399-413, 2014.
• Sorokin DY, Banciu H, Robertson LA, Kuenen JG, Muntyan MS, Muyzer G. . Halophilic and Haloalkaliphilic Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria. In E. Rosenberg, EF DeLong, S Lory, E Stackebrandt, F Thompson (eds.), The Prokaryotes (4th Edition): Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry , pp. 529-554. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2013.
• Banciu HL, Sorokin DY. Adaptation in Haloalkaliphiles and Natronophilic Bacteria. In J. Seckbach, A. Oren and H. Stan-Lotter (eds.), Polyextremophiles: Life Under Multiple Forms of Stress, p. 121178. Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, 2013.
• Andrei A-S, Banciu HL, Oren A. . Living with salt: metabolic and phylogenetic diversity of archaea inhabiting saline ecosystems. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 330 (1), pp. 1-9, 2012.
• Geelhoed JS, Sorokin DY, Epping E, Tourova TP, Banciu HL, Muyzer G, Stams AJ, van Loosdrecht MC. Microbial sulfide oxidation in the oxic-anoxic transition zone of freshwater sediment: involvement of lithoautotrophic Magnetospirillum strain J10. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 70 (1), pp. 54-65, 2009.
• Banciu, H. L., Sorokin, D. Y., Tourova, T. P., Galinski, E. A., Muntyan, M. S., Kuenen, J. G., Muyzer, G. Influence of salts and pH on growth and activity of a novel facultatively alkaliphilic, extremely salt-tolerant, obligately chemolithoautotrophic sufur-oxidizing Gammaproteobacterium Thioalkalibacter halophilus gen. nov., sp. nov. from South-Western Siber. Extremophiles, 12 (3), pp. 391-404, 2008.
• Sorokin, D. Y., Banciu, H., Robertson, L. A., Kuenen, J. G. Haloalkaliphilic Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria. In Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K. -H., Stackebrandt, E (eds.), The Prokaryotes: A Handbook on the Biology of Bacteria 3rd Edition, 1, pp. 969-984. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2006.
• Banciu, H, Sorokin, D. Y., Rijpstra, W. I., Sinninghe Damste, J. S., Galinski, E. A., Takaichi, S., Muyzer, G., Kuenen, J. G. Fatty acid, compatible solute and pigment composition of obligately chemolithoautotrophic alkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria from soda lakes. FEMS Microbiol Lett, 243 (1), pp. 181-187, 2005.
• Banciu HL. . Physiology of alkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria from soda lakes. Optima Grafische Communicatie BV, Rotterdam, 2004.
• Takaichi, S., Maoka, T., Akimoto, N., Sorokin, D. Y., Banciu, H., Kuenen, J. G. Two novel yellow pigments natronochrome and chloronatronochrome from the natrono(alkali)philic sulfur-oxidizing bacterium Thioalkalivibrio versutus ALJ 15. Tetrahedron Lett, 45 (45), pp. 8303-8305, 2004.
• Banciu, H., Sorokin, D. Y., Muyzer, G., Kleerebezem, R., Galinski, E. A., Kuenen, J. G. Thialkalivibrio halophilus sp. nov., a novel obligately chemolithoautotrophic, facultatively alkaliphilic, and extremely salt-tolerant, sulfur-oxidizing bacterium from a hypersaline alkaline lake. Extremophiles, 8 (4), pp. 325-334, 2004.
• Banciu, H., Sorokin, D. Y., Kleerebezem, R., Muyzer, G., Galinski, E. A., Kuenen, J. G. Growth kinetics of haloalkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacterium Thioalkalivibrio versutus strain ALJ 15 in continuous culture . Extremophiles, 8 (3), pp. 185-192, 2004.
• Sorokin, D. Y., Banciu, H., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M., Kuenen, J. G. Growth physiology and competitive interaction of obligately chemolithoautotrophic, haloalkaliphilic, sulfur-oxidizing bacteria from soda lakes. Extremophiles, 7 (3), pp. 195-203, 2003.
• Hicks, D. B., Wang, Z., Wei, Y., Kent, R., Guffanti, A. A., Banciu, H., Bechhofer, D. H. and Krulwich, T. A . A newly discovered tenth atp gene and the conserved atpI gene of a Bacillus atp operon have a role in Mg2+ uptake. Proc. Natl Acad Sci USA , 100 (18), pp. 10213-1021, 2003.


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