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Laura-Dorina Dinu

Universitatea Agronomica - Facultatea de Biotehnologii, Bucuresti, Romania

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Born: 1970

Interests: microbiology, microbial genetics, microbial response to stress conditions

2004 - 2005 Marie Curie Fellow, University of Nottingham (UK). Dissertation work "Heterogeneous resistance to salt stress in yeast" focused on the biological response to salt stress in the eukaryotic model Saccharomyces cerevisiae using genetic engineering and flow cytometry techniques.
2005 PhD thesis "Microbial models and salt stress tolerance in plants" explored the molecular mechanism for genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity in salt stress response to yeast in order to design a model that may be extended to higher plants (both share the same adaptation mechanism to salt stress).
2006 - 2009 NSERC Postdoctoral VF Fellow, PARC-Summerland (Canada)."The risk posed by stress-induced viable but non-culturable (VBNC) E. coli O157:H7 in contamination of fresh vegetables" has investigated the food safety concern associated with the VBNC cells of human pathogens using molecular (gene cloning, DNA sequencing, QPCR), culture and microscopy (CSLM) techniques.

Selected publications:
• L-D. Dinu, P. Delaquis, S. Bach. Nonculturable response of animal enteropathogens in the agricultural environment and implications for food safety. Journal of Food Protection, vol. 72, no. 6, pp. 1342-1354, 2009.
• P. Delaquis, S. Bach, L-D. Dinu. Behavior of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in leafy vegetables. Journal of Food Protection, vol. 70, no. 8, pp. 1966-1974, 2007.


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