Who I am?

Dr. SIMONA IVANA D.V.M. PhD. Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at Romanian Academy/ National Institute for Economic Research “Costin C. Kirițescu” is the one who created this educational site: Academia Microbilor by Simona Ivana(Microbes Academy by Simona Ivana)

After sustaining the doctorate (1999), her scientific work has materialized by obtaining 4 patents, the publication of over 300 scientific papers, 50 books, academic treaties and textbooks.

From 1991 to 2016, did her didactic activity in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest.

In 2009, she held the position of Associate Professor to the Microbiology Discipline, in the Department of Preclinical Sciences, of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest.

From 2017 – present she is working as Senior Researcher in Romanian Academy/ National Institute for Economic Research “Costin C. Kirițescu”.

BOOKS

GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

Coordinator: Simona Ivana
Authors: Simona Ivana, Nicolae Starciuc, Nicoleta Andreescu, Dana Magdalena Caplan, Cristea Costache, Delia Costache
ISBN: 978-606-94157-3-3
INDIGO ROYAL Publishing House, 2018

Abstract: When we first had the idea for this book we wanted to introduce microbiology in a way that left an exciting and indelible impression on young students and that made difficult concepts comprehensible. At the same time we aimed for a style and organization that produced a readable, current, accessible, and attractive book. Our primary emphasis is on a survey of general topics needed by students entering careers in allied health. My teaching of microbiology, and this book as a result of it, have been built around a central concept, that of the dual nature (”bad and good”) of microorganisms on the one hand, and of operating constituents of functional cells on the other hand. This manual attempts to be thorough without being exhaustive and sufficiently broad in scope to appeal to any interested student desiring a background on the topic.

Table of contents: Chapter 1. Introduction in Microbiology; Chapter 2. The morphology of bacteria; Chapter 3. Prokaryotic cell structure; Chapter 4. The cell envelope: The outer wrapping of bacteria; Chapter 5. Structures internal to the cell wall; Chapter 6. Bacterial endospores; Chapter 7. Reproduction and growth; Chapter 8. Bacterial nutrition; Chapter 9. Microbial metabolism and enzymes; Chapter 10. The influence of environmental factors on microbes (Part I); Chapter 11. The influence of environmental factors on microbes (Part II); Chapter 12. An introduction to the viruses; Chapter 13. Bacterial viruses and prions; Chapter 14. Fungi-Molds and Yeasts; Chapter 15. The microbiome (optional course).

The Microbiology: A new approach to Biomimicry and Biotechnology for a sustainable Ecolonomy in Romania

Author: Simona Ivana

Abstract: Ecolonomy is a transdisciplinary and an interdisciplinary concept addressing to the interdependence and coevolution of human economies and natural ecosystems. It is the proposal for a new economic science which is built on rationality values and hope in economic life, freedom and responsibility, as grounds for integrating the ”win-win” principle in our culture.

Basic ideas of this concept are: the circuit of nutrients resulting from soil fertilization with compost, recycling and reusing of materials, the extension on the way we use various objects, usage of sources of green energy, adoption of a systemic thinking which on its principles can be build a new economy.

The three principles that underpin every decision made in the business are:
– Minimize any damage the business causes to the environment and any pollution;
– Minimize any harm the business could cause to staff (including stress and disruption to family life);
– Increase productivity.

Eco-inovare, Sustenabilitate, Regenerare. Strategii de dezvoltare durabilă în zonele montane defavorizate din România”.

Author: Simona Ivana
ISBN: 978-606-94157-5-7
INDIGO ROYAL Publishing House, 2019

Prima parte a acestei lucrări reprezintă un studiu bibliografic privind următoarele aspecte: eco-inovarea, sustenabilitatea, regenerarea, precum și strategiile de dezvoltare durabilă în zonele montane defavorizate din România.  Este structurată astfel:
Capitolul I: „Economia albastră”. O nouă perspectivă de abordare a cercetării bioeconomice.
Capitolul II: Regenerarea prin eco-inovare pentru dezvoltarea durabilă a unităților de învățământ și cercetare din zonele montane defavorizate.
Capitolul III: Strategia de regenerare urbană în scopul dezvoltării durabile a zonelor montane defavorizate.
Capitolul IV: Scurtă descriere a Municipiului Vatra Dornei.
Partea a II-a cuprinde propuneri și contribuții personale privind sprijinirea regenerării economice și sociale a comunităților din zonele montane defavorizate.
Acestea sunt descrise în Capitolul V al studiului, intitulat: Contribuții personale la realizarea unei eco-economii sustenabile în Municipiul Vatra Dornei.

Cercetări și eco-inovații privind dezvoltarea tehnologiei medicale și educaționale pentru o ecolonomie sustenabilă în România.

Author: Simona Ivana

Studiul este structurat în două părți și anume:
Prima parte, cuprinde date bibliografice privind propuneri și sugestii către o economie mai circulară în România (Capitolul 1), precum și domeniile prioritare ale economiei circulare la nivelul Uniunii Europene (Capitolul 2);
A doua parte, cuprinde studii și cercetări personale privind dezvoltarea unora dintre domeniile economiei circulare în România și anume:
– inovații în depoluare,
– studii eco-inovative privind biomasa și bioprodusele,
– studii privind inovația didactică și inovația în domeniul sănătății publice.
Cercetările personale se caracterizează prin creativitate și inovație, unele dintre rezultate fiind deja brevetate. Ultimele rezultate au fost brevetate în anul 2019, prin brevetul RO 129397 (Capitolul 3).

PATENTS

PATENT NR. 127492

PROCEDEU DE OBȚINERE A UNOR PRODUSE NUTRACEUTICE BIOPROTECTIVE PE BAZĂ DE GANODERMA/ BIOPROTECTIVE PRODUCTS FROM GANODERMA AND PROCESSES TO OBTAIN THEM

Abstract: Many species of macromycetes (mushrooms) are known to have nutritional resources with special nutritional and sensory attributes, as well as energy stimulants for physical and neural stimulation and for counteracting many diseases.
Recent advances in the science of life, among which nutrigenomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics, have allowed a better understanding of the mechanisms of stimulating biological functions by a wide range of natural compounds found in fungi such as: egosterols, terpenoids, ganoderic acids, lanostanoids, α and β glucan immunomodulatory polysaccharides and proteoglycans.
At the same time, the proving and explication at the molecular level of the potential for interaction of natural constituents in mushrooms, the expression of genes involved in homeostatic balancing, energetic stimulation or tumour proliferation have resulted in the widespread use of macromycetes as the primary resource to obtain numerous food assortments and / or functional foods.

PATENT NR. 127171

MATERIAL COMPOZIT POLIFUNCȚIONALIZAT BIODEGRADABIL ȘI PROCEDEU DE OBȚINERE A ACESTUIA/ BIODEGRADABLE MULTI- FUNCTIONALIZED COMPOSITE MATERIAL- METHOD FOR ITS FABRICATION AND USAGE IN WASTEWATER DEPOLLUTION

Abstract: The patent describes the fabrication of a biodegradable multifunctionalized composite material able to collect, separate, degrade and completely encapsulate the biological and biochemical pollutants and their degradation by-products coming from surface wastewaters. Moreover, the patent presents the fabrication method of the material, as well as the fabrication of a surface wastewater depollution filter underpinned by it.
The technical problem solved by the patent proposal consists in the fabrication of a biodegradable multi-functionalized composite material, able to collect, separate, degrade and completely encapsulate the biological and biochemical pollutants and their degradation by-products coming from surface wastewaters.
Our proposed solutions for the fabrication of this biodegradable material consisted in the recycling and chemical preparation of the wastes with high oxide contents coming from the industry. Also, in the recycling and chemical preparation of cellulosic wastes, in order to obtain a highly added value material intended for the remediation of wastewaters.

PATENT NR. 129397

Metodă și dispozitiv pentru identificarea simultană a microorganismelor de tip ESCHERICHIA COLI, SALMONELLA SPP., LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES, CAMPYLOBACTER SPP. din alimente 

 
Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device needed for the rapid identification of biological agents type Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp. , Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter spp. from foods.

The method according to the invention consists in quantifying the fluorescence, taking as reference the wavelengths of the characteristic fluorescence spectrum of each microorganism to be observed, establishing a univariate relationship between the fluorescence of the natural amino acids of the target microorganisms and the type of microorganisms that generated it, specific fluorescence being directly proportional to the type and concentration of excited amino acids, the fluorescence spectrum characteristic of each identified microorganism being obtained by excitement with a light source of a conditioned food sample with para-magnetic nanoparticles of Fe3O4,functionalized specifically, directly collected by immunomagnetic separation, in which the paramagnetic nanoparticles of Fe3O4 are coated with an organosilane layer with amine functionality to prevent chemical degradation processes and micromagnetic agglomeration, and subsequently they are functionalized in basic medium with glutaraldehyde, protein A, or specific antibodies Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter spp.

The device according to the invention integrates 5 modules, each of which fulfils different functions:

– a micro-module (MP) directly determines and condition the food samples in view of the biochemical marker;

– a biochemical marker micro-mod (MN), which injected controlled in the first micro-module (MP) nanoparticles functionalized with specific antibody;

– a magnetic separation micro-module (MsM) that integrates a magnetic microprobe for the controlled separation of antibody-labelled biohazards;

–  a detection microprobe (OiD) integrating an optical interface designed to integrate and scan the magnetic microprobe, and a micro-module (MCC) command and control.

ACHIEVEMENTS

ROMANIAN ACADEMY PRIZE ”TRAIAN SĂVULESCU”, on December, 18, 2008, for the book:

”Tratat de bacteriologie medical-veterinară și introducere în micologie”/
”Treaty of bacteriology and introduction in micology”

AUTHOR: SIMONA IVANA

Editura Științelor Medicale/ Medical Science Publishing House