Cristina Iftode


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    Research Expertise: 
    Stem cell differentiation | Replication and transcription of DNA viruses

    My research interests are: 1) human stem cells and biomaterials in regenerative medicine, and 2) isolation and characterization of secondary plant metabolites.

    1) I study the application of the adipose derived-mesenchymal stem cell (AD-MSC) differentiation to the regeneration of the intervertebral disc tissue. In collaboration with the Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, my group is using a tissue engineering approach where cell-seeded injectable scaffolds and inducers of differentiation are delivered to the injury site. Characterization of differentiation toward the desired phenotype is assessed by the presence of tissue specific markers. 

    In collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, I examine the medical applicability of protein-based biomaterials in combination with AD-MSCs.

    2) I also am interested in culturing methods from meristematic plant cells for the production of secondary plant metabolites (SPMs). Together with a colleague from my department, we are expanding the application of this technique to extracting SPMs from plant species with uses in medicine and cosmetology.

    Honors and Awards: 
    Rowan University’s Collaborative Innovation in Tissue Engineering Award, 2016

    Member of: 
    American Society for Cell Biology Chemical Society (
    American Society for Microbiology (
    American Society for Virology (

    Education/Academic qualification

    Bachelor of Science, Bachelor, New York University

    Master of Science, Master, New York University

    Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate, New York University

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