Monica Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D.The Science Advisory Board
...Monica Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D.The National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, Maryland) Monica Marcu is a pharmacologist at the National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics/Kevric Co. (N.C.I.C.B. - OC/CIPS).Her
primary research focuses on understanding cellular stress in cancer and signal transduction pathways.She
is interested in the consequences of pharmacological intervention in cellular stress including the therapeutic manipulation of chaperones.Molecular chaperones are a diverse group of proteins that assist in the non-covalent assembly/disassembly of protein-containing structures, but are not permanent components of these structures when they are performing their normal biological functions.After receiving her pharmacy degree in Romania from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Medical Institute Cluj, Dr.Marcu worked as a pharmacist for four years in clinics and the government.
In the early 1990's, she
immigrated to Canada.She attended the University of Ottawa where she earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology.
During graduate school she
focused on studying neurotransmission and secretion.The Pharmacy Board of Canada also certified Dr. Marcu
as a pharmacist. Dr. Marcu has a strong scientific background in basic pharmacology, molecular biology and biochemistry.She
holds both a U.S. patent and an international patent on "Methods for inhibiting chaperone proteins."She
also has expertise in the pharmaceutical sciences, both in conventional and in complementary (alternative) therapy.Dr. Marcu's Bachelor of Science in nursing, which she obtained in Romania also gives her valuable insights into the clinical world.
In addition to her
biomedical interests, Dr. Marcu
also a published artist and photographer.Her
work is featured in numerous art galleries in the United States and the United Kingdom.Her
website is www.photomarcu.com.Dr. Marcu is not content with mere "scientist" as a career ambition.
Not only is she
skeptical of the power of science alone to explain nature - and, most notably, to cure our ailments - she
believes there is a higher aspiration, "what Leonardo da Vinci called the Arte-Scienza (or whole-brain thinking).