Simona Margaritescu

Simona Margaritescu, ROM, Big Weekend

Simona Margaritescu

Mycology Technician

Area: Natural History, Biodiversity

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Phone: 416.586.5609


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

Simona Margaritescu has been the mycology technician in the Department of Natural History since 2004. Her position has two main facets. She manages the ROM’s Fungal Collection (TRTC Fungarium) and is responsible for the operations of the Molecular Mycology Research 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 techniques and data entry practices to casual staff, summer students and volunteers. She also responds to general inquiries about fungi, gives lectures to amateur mycologists, and guides tours in the ROM’s Fungal Collection.

Besides her collection management responsibilities, Simona directs the day-to-day running of the Molecular Mycology Research 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 molecular laboratory techniques to graduate and undergraduate students as well as visiting scholars.


Recent Publications

Year Publication
2014 Daniela Tudor, Simona Margaritescu, Santiago Sanchez-Ramirez, Sara C Robinson, Paul A Cooper, and Jean-Marc Moncalvo. "Morphological and molecular characterization of the two known North American Chlorociboria species and their anamorphs." Fungal Biology, 118, 8
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.

Research Projects

The Ontario Bioblitz brings together experts, citizen scientists and the general public to inventory all species in a particular area. In the Don Watershed for 2015!