Dr. rer. nat. Gabriela Bodea

PhD neuroscience

Senior Research Officer


Involvement of L1 retrotransposition in midbrain dopaminergic neurons and schizophrenia.

German Research Foundation fellowship (2014)

L1 retrotransposition: the missing link between genetics and environmental factors in Parkinson's disease ?

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (2015)

About me



Ph.D. Molecular Biomedicine, University of Bonn, Germany (April 2014)

MSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania (September 2008)

BSc Sociology-Psychology,  University Spiru Haret, Romania (June 2008)

BSc Biology, Specialization Biochemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania (June 2006)

Academic honors and fellowships

  • NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship Grant, 2015
  • German Research Foundation fellowship, 2014
  • PhD in Molecular Biomedicine, graduated summa cum laude, 2014
  • Award for an excellent presentation, 15th EURON PhD Student Meeting, Germany, 2011
  • Erasmus scholarship for Master thesis preparation at University of Bonn, 2008
  • Scholarship for scientific performance, University of Bucharest, 2006-2008


  • Kempen, M.-J.C.H., Bodea, G.O., Faulkner, G.J.Neuronal genome plasticity: retrotransposons, environment and disease, Human Retrotransposons in Health and Disease (2016) in press
  • Bodea G.O., Blaess S. (2015). Establishing diversity in the dopaminergic system. FEBS Lett. Sep 30. Pii: S0014-5793 (15)00840-6.
  • Upton, K.R., Gerhardt D.J., Jesuadian J.S., Richardson S.R., Sanchez-Luque F.J., Bodea G.O., Ewing A., Salvador-Palomeque C., van der Knaap M.S., Brennan P.M., Vanderver A., Faulkner G.J. (2015). Ubiquitous L1 mosaicism in hippocampal neurons. Cell, 2015 April 9, 161(2):228-39
  • Bodea, G. O., Spille, J-.H., Abe P., Senturk Andersson, A., Acker-Palmer, A., Stumm, R., Kubitscheck, U., Blaess, S. (2014). Reelin and CXCL12 regulate distinct migratory behaviors during the development of the dopaminergic system. Development, 2014 Feb 1; 141(3): 661-73
  • Barry, D., Roque, H., Dumoux, M., Kriston-Vizi, J., Bodea, G.O., Harper, C. (2013). Meeting report - imaging in cell biology: where next?. J Cell Sci, 2013 Jan 1; 126 (Pt 1): 43-4
  • Bodea, G. O., Blaess, S. (2012). Organotypic slice cultures of embryonic ventral midbrain: a system to study dopaminergic neuronal development in vitro. J Vis Exp, 2012 Jan 31; (59): e3350.
  • Blaess, S., Bodea, G. O., Kabanova, A., Chanet, S., Mugniery, E., Derouiche, A., et al., (2011). Temporal-spatial changes in Sonic Hedgehog expression and signaling reveal different potentials of ventral mesencephalic progenitors to populate distinct ventral midbrain nuclei. Neural Dev, 2011 Jun 20; 6: 29.
  • Dinu, D., Bodea, G. O., Ceapa, C. D., Munteanu, M. C., Roming, F. I., Serban, A. I., et al., (2011). Adapted response of the antioxidant defense system to oxidative stress induced by deoxynivalenol in Hek-293 cells. Toxicon, 2011 Jun; 57 (7-8): 1023-1032.
  • Bodea G.O., Munteanu M.C., Dinu D., Serban A.I., Israel Roming F., Costache M., Dinischiotu A. (2009). Influence of deoxynivalenol on the oxidative status of HepG2 cells. Rom. Biotechnol. Lett., 2009 March 1; 14(2): 4349-4359


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