Simona Margaritescu

Simona Margaritescu looks for a specimen in one of the many herbarium cabinets

Simona Margaritescu

Mycology Technician

Area: Natural History, Biodiversity

Exhibitions & Galleries: Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity

Phone: 416.586.5609

Bio

B.Sc., University of Bucharest, Romania
M.Sc., University of Bucharest, Romania

Simona Margaritescu is a mycology technician in the Department of Natural History.

Simona joined the ROM in 2004 to fill in a newly created position of Mycology technician. Her position has two main facets. She manages the ROM’s fungal herbarium (TRTC) and is responsible for the operations of the Mycology molecular laboratory.

As the TRTC manager, Simona is responsible for the maintenance, preparation and identification of the fungal collections as well as the handling of loans and exchanges with other herbaria. In addition, she has been developing and managing the electronic database associated with these collections. Simona teaches specimen preparation and data recording techniques to casual staff, summer students and volunteers. She also responds to general inquiries about fungi and occasionally guides tours in the ROM’s fungal herbarium.

Besides her collection management responsibilities, Simona directs the day-to-day running of the Mycology molecular laboratory and assists in fungal research projects by generating and analyzing molecular data of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA from various fungal species. She also teaches laboratory techniques to graduate and undergraduate students as well as visiting scholars.


Recent Publications

Year Publication
2010 Bryn T. M. Dentinger, Simona Margaritescu, Jean-Marc Moncalvo. "Rapid and reliable high-throughput methods of DNA extraction for use in barcoding and molecular systematics of mushrooms.." Molecular Ecology resources, 10, 4, 628-33.
2006 Jean-Marc Moncalvo, R Henrik Nilsson, Brenda Koster, Susie M Dunham, Torsten Bernauer, P Brandon Matheny, Teresita M Porter, Simona Margaritescu, Michael Weiss, Sigisfredo Garnica, Eric Danell, Gitta Langer, Ewald Langer, Ellen Larsson, Karl-Henrik Larsso. "The cantharelloid clade: dealing with incongruent gene trees and phylogenetic reconstruction methods.." Mycologia, 98, 6, 937-48.

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