I was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and left Romania in 1999 for doctoral studies in the USA. I then pursued an academic career in public health research and education. While advancing my career in the USA, I also spend time “back home” in Cluj-Napoca working with Romanian researchers, health practitioners, and health policy makers. I am passionate about making significant contributions to the research and public health needs in Romania and beyond, by preventing and reducing smoking in families during reproductive years. Bringing my knowledge and expertise back to my home country is the main motivator of my work in Romania. I am also highly motivated and energized by my teams of young, enthusiastic, and extremely capable researchers from the Cluj School of Public Health.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University in the USA and a Visiting Professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. I am at Michigan State University since 2006 and affiliated with Babes-Bolyai University since 2007. My expertise is in global health, maternal and child health, health services research, health policy, and women’s health.