Cristina Remes, PhD, MSc

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Cristina Remes, PhD, MSc, is a research postdoctoral fellow with the Mitochondrial Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Education and Training

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor in Biochemistry - University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Graduate Degree

PhD in Biophysics - RWTH Aachen University (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Germany
MSc in The Chemistry of Drugs and Cosmetic Products - University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Titles and Academic Titles

Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Departments and Services




Cristina Remes*, Anas Khawaja*, Sarah F. Pearce, Shreekara Gopalakrishna, Miriam Cipullo, Vasileios Kyriakidis, Xaquin Castro Dopico, Olessya Yukhnovets, Ilian Atanassov, Barry Cooperman, Joanna Rorbach#. Translation initiation of leaderless and polycistronic transcripts in mammalian mitochondria. Nucleic Acids Research 51 (2), 891–907 (2023)

Annika Krüger, Cristina Remes, Dmitrii Igorevich Shiriaev, Yong Liu, Henrik Spåhr, Rolf Wibom, Ilian Atanassov, Barry S. Cooperman, Joanna Rorbach#. Human mitochondria require mtRF1 for translation termination at non-canonical stop codons. Nature Communications 14 (2023)


Anas Khawaja*, Yuzuru Itoh*, Cristina Remes, Henrik Spåhr, Olessya Yukhnovets, Henning Höfig, Alexey Amunts#, Joanna Rorbach#. Distinct pre-initiation steps in human mitochondrial translation. Nature Communications 11 (1), 1-10 (2020).


Henning Höfig, Olessya Yukhnovets, Cristina Remes, Noemie Kempf, Alexandros Katranidis, Daryan Kempe, Jörg Fitter#. Brightness-gated two-color coincidence detection unravels two distinct mechanisms in bacterial protein translation initiation. Nature Communications Biology 2 (1), 1-8 (2019)


Noémie Kempf*, Cristina Remes*, Ralph Ledesch, Tina Züchner, Henning Höfig, Ilona Ritter, Alexandros Katranidis, Jörg Fitter#. A novel method to evaluate ribosomal performance in cell-free protein synthesis systems. Scientific Reports 7 (1), 1-9 (2017)


C. Remes, A. Paun, I. Zarafu, M. Tudose, M.T. Caproiu, G. Ionita, C. Bleotu, L. Matei, P. Ionita#. Chemical and biological evaluation of some new antipyrine derivatives with particular properties. Bioorganic Chemistry 41 (2012)

Awards and Honors

2012, IHRS PhD BioSoft Scholarship, Forschungszentrum Jülich
2012, BioSoft Guest Student Programme, Forschungszentrum Jülich
2007, Qualification in the International Chemistry Olympiad, Romania
2006, First Prize – C.D. Nenitescu National Competition, Romania
2006, First Prize – National Chemistry Olympiad, Romania
2006, Prize for the best written test in the National Chemistry Olympiad
2006,  Qualification in the International Chemistry Olympiad, Romania