Biography

Dr. Danila received her Bachelor Degree in Science from the University Al. I. Cuza, Iasi, Romania in 1998. After the completion of her Ph.D. at The University of Memphis in 2005, Dr. Danila joined UTHealth in February 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Biotechnology. In 2009 she was promoted to Instructor in Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UTHealth. Dr. Danila is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Danila is a reviewer for several American Chemical Society journals, and a member of the American Heart Association and Alliance for Nanohealth. Dr. Danila successfully mentored several high-schools, undergraduate, graduate, and medical school students. In 2009, she won a mentoring award from the American Chemical Society Greater Houston Local Section for support of Project Seed as a mentor and commitment to “introduce” chemistry as a career option for high school students.

Dr. Danila’s expertise is in the areas of liposomes preparation and characterization, immunoliposomes synthesis and characterization, gold nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, multimodality imaging and molecular imaging. Her work focuses on the development of CT long-circulating contrast agents for blood pool imaging that will minimize toxicity related to high concentrations of free conventional CT contrast agents and that will provide uniform vascular enhancement with the main goal of functionalizing the contrast agents for molecular imaging of atherosclerosis and of the scars developed after myocardial infarction.

Education

Master of Science
University Al.I. Cuza, Iasi, Romania
Master of Science
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Postdoc Fellowship
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)