I was born in Alba Iulia, an old historical town from Transylvania, in the north-west part of Romania. This region is known in the world because of the movies about vampires, and has a landscape with mountains, big forests, old castles and medieval towns. After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, Romania started a process of political, economic and socio-cultural changes, which led in 2007 to the admission of Romania into the European Union. During my adolescence and youth I was seeing and living all this changes, which also influenced the ways of life and health related outcomes of Romanian people.
In 2000 I graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and in 2005 I finished my medical specialisation in food and nutrition, child and youth and environmental hygiene. In 2009 I received my PhD Diploma at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. In 2010 I received the European diploma in clinical nutrition and metabolism.
I am currently lecturer at the department of hygiene of the faculty of medicine, University of Cluj-Napoca (a big university town from Romania), where I started my work in 2001. During these years I participated in training and research stages in different institutions from abroad, such as the national institute of public health in Mexico, the department of health promotion at Maastricht University, and the department of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Oviedo. My activity involves three main areas: teaching, research and health promotion activities. I teach community nutrition, food hygiene, environmental health, child development and health risk behaviours, health education and promotion.
I have coordinated different graduation theses of students in the field of preventive medicine, some examples being nutritional assessment, evaluation of alimentary habits and habits of children, adolescents, pregnant women, adults who have cancer patients or patients with cardiovascular diseases in their family. The health promotion activities included development and implementation of several programmes for healthy ways of life and disease prevention, such as educational activities for kindergarten and school children. In 2012, I started on a volunteer basis together with few enthusiastic medical students and young physicians a cancer information service, where Romanian people could obtain through email or telephone, plain language information on prevention, diagnoses, treatment and control of cancer.