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Cristina Berciu, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Manager, Microscopy Core Facility

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Research Associate in Psychiatry


Cristina Berciu, PhD, is the manager of the Microscopy Core Facility at McLean Hospital. She is broadly skilled, technically knowledgeable, and experienced hands-on electron microscopist, devising and conducting correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) experiments which bring together the advantages of these two imaging modes by allowing identification of areas of particular interest at the light microscope (using fluorescent proteins or vital dyes as markers) and then relocation of these areas to the electron microscope for further study at higher resolution.

Dr. Cristina Berciu is an expert in both classical and modern electron microscopy techniques, including electron microscopy sample preparation using high pressure freezing and freeze substitution, cryo-electron tomography of intact cells, and CLEM. She uses cutting-edge, challenging, and innovative 3D electron microscopy imaging techniques and image processing (serial sections TEM and electron tomography) to solve pressing biomedical questions.


Education & Training

  • 1993 BS in Biology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 2000 PhD in Animal Physiology, Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 2008-2015 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy, Brandeis University


Phone: 617.855.2798
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 029