Personal profile

Academic Background

Daniel is a Senior Research Scientist in Andrology at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on developing novel technologies to improve diagnosis of male infertility and the assisted reproduction outcomes. He attained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and graduated with a Masters degree in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine from University College London. During his postgraduate studies, Daniel was exposed to the latest technologies in genome editing and assisted reproduction techniques (ART) and developed a strong interest in reproductive biology. During his MSc, Daniel worked in the Sex Chromosome Biology lab at the Francis Crick Institute under the supervision of Dr Helen O’Neill, Dr Takayuki Hirota and Dr James Turner. His research focused on the use of iPSCs and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to better understand the function of the Y chromosome in reproduction.

Daniel’s interest in ART led him to conduct a PhD in Reproductive Genetics with Professor Simone Immler at UEA. He studied the genetics and genomics of reproduction, focusing on the male side. With the aid of the most recent molecular technologies and bioinformatics tools, Daniel to identified genes under haploid selection. His research provided crucial insights into human fertility and has led to the formation of Virilitas Labs (a UEA spin-out), where he is a co-founder. 

Daniel is interested in the use of technology to overcome infertility disorders and improve healthspan and is passioned about education. 

Career

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Areas of Expertise

Male Fertility, Andrology, Sperm Biology, IVF

Teaching Interests

Daniel is an Associate Tutor in the Schools of Biological Sciences/ Science / Medicine where he shares his passion for reproductive biology, fertility and genetics with level 3-6 students. He teaches in a variety of laboratory and seminar classes across UEA and is involved in several projects to promote students engagement. 

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Daniel established several research collaborations worlwide and is open to collaborations in the area of reproduction, genetics and male fertility. Perspective motivated postgraduate students can reach out at d.marcu@uea.ac.uk.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science

20182019

Bachelor of Science

20152018

Media Expertise

  • Fertility

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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