Vodnar Dan Cristian

professor/ vice-rector for research

Describe your job in less 50 words:

I am currently Professor at the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Vice-Rector for Research, PhD Coordinator (11 PhD students), Manager of the CTT-Biotech Technology Transfer Center, Editor-in-Chief of 5 scientific journals, all within the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Also, since 2017 I am an Expert Evaluator in Bio-Economics at the European Commission. I am teaching Food Chemistry and Food biotechnology disciplines at bachelor level, and as well Molecular Gastronomy, Usage oriented products and Omic Applications at master level. Currently, I am coordinating 2 international research projects, 1 national project, and I have successfully completed 4 international research projects, 6 national research projects, 2 academic grants and 4 innovation projects, being also a member of over 10 scientific research projects.

Most important running project, started last year during the pandemic, is my soul project actually, entitled Stiinta cu sare si piper – “Science with salt and peper” – a new way to find the explanations behind culinary phenomena with the help of interactive and easy-to-understand experiments for which we only need a small dose of curiosity and a lot of good mood. I created this project precisely to explain what at first sight sometimes seems too complicated and out of the desire to bring closer to everyone all the curiosities I had, as well, about molecular gastronomy.

What do you like most about your job?

A lot of literature research, always being up to date to the latest news via hundreds of peer-review actions done for the most prestigious journals, via the position of EC evaluator where I am in a permanent contact with extremely interesting ideas of research projects (mostly involving the SMEs), and of course being inspired by the professional context.

What did you want to be when you were at school?

Professor and politician

How could i do your job? I would be able to:

I believe in the power of example and conclusions, such as: PERSEVERENCE BEATS INTELLIGENCE! PASSION MEANS SUCCESS! HUMAN VALUE IS MUCH GREATER THAN THE OTHERS JUDJMENT! WORK ENNOBLES AND INSPIRES PEOPLE»