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I am a computational mineral physicist interested in the functioning of planetary interiors.

I have a background in Geology and in Materials Science. After undergraduate studies at the Univ. of Bucharest where I worked on crystal morphology, I pursued with a PhD degree working on the physical properties of modulated crystals at the Catholic Univ. of Louvain. My activity in high-pressure mineral physics took off at the University of Minnesota and continued during two fellowships (Carnegie Fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Humboldt Fellowship at the Univ. of Bayreuth). Over the years I have worked on all the major minerals and phases of the deep Earth, on water ice and other molecular crystals, and on a series of technological materials.

Nowadays my research spans a wide range of interests in planetary mineralogy, going from the supercritical state that dominated the early stages of the condensation of the protolunar disk all the way to the deep interior of the Earth and super-Earths, passing through planetary surfaces and mineral identification based on vibrational spectroscopy.

NEWS (from my twitter feed)

Lena, our curator for the #MoonImpact exhibition on top of a huge elevator that goes with the big telescope @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research https://t.co/ygmCrfOhjC
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Investing the spaces for our #MoonImpact exhibition. The largest refractory telescope Romania, installed in 1912 @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU @CEEDOslo https://t.co/LTMSVskUqy
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It’s 5:30am, and we are already on the way to the next step of the #MoonImpact exhibition @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS https://t.co/6P4PrbUAAw
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The#MoonImpact exhibition is back in full speed. Thank you Renata for identifying a fake iron “meteorite” we bought online. https://t.co/LmO3pJo0F0
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Quick stop at the office today after 3 (three!) months. Feels so good !! https://t.co/Xu43570yJe
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Improving code management for the UMD package https://t.co/1YgWJqlKhB https://t.co/7Xy2ClIZZE
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Taking a Git class on Code Refinery https://t.co/sNR6couVUg
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A #womanscientist, June Hart Almeida, discovered #coronaviruses, but her initial paper was rejected https://t.co/4IKsViyLQj
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After two weeks of terrible COVID and two weeks of recovery, time has fully come for writing. Today the UMD package (https://t.co/bwyOotOwdc) @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU https://t.co/TpMBtu24Oy
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r_caracas Retweeted
@MinSoliSante: #Coronavirus #Covid19 | En cas de toux et de fièvre :
🏡 Restez chez vous
👥 Limitez les contacts avec d’autres personnes
📞 Appelez votre médecin
👉 La maladie guérit avec du repos

En cas d’aggravations (difficultés à respirer, essoufflement) :
☎ Faites le 15 ou le 114🦻 https://t.co/3plojZCqOZ
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@MBethkenhagen: Thanks to Corona I finally had the oportunity to work with my sister. https://t.co/NmVTJwBHWR
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@DrWendyRocks: This is the single best explanation that I have seen on how quarantine and social distancing work, and it’s an incredible example of good #SciComm and the power of visualization. #coronavirus https://t.co/NKGtVxqHiG
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@PalliThordarson: 1/25 Part 1 - Why does soap work so well on the SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? Because it is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. A two part thread about soap, viruses and supramolecular chemistry #COVID19 https://t.co/OCwqPjO5Ht
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@nir_goldman: Long but very instructive thread on why washing hands with soap helps prevent the spread of a virus. https://t.co/nbqqQaiZYo
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