I was born in the Banat, the corner of the map where Romania meets Serbia and Hungary, and grew up in a small but ethnically diverse mining town known for its ironworks and soccer team. I was educated in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and in the United States, where my graduate studies led me to explore biomedical research, clinical medicine and medical coding certifications, history of medicine and science, cultural and intellectual history, and creative writing.
As I approach completion I find myself at a crossroads – a familiar landmark to all those to whom the journey matters as much as the destination — and, to forge my path ahead, I often look homeward.
I have been married to Joe, a history professor, since our February 2007 civil ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina, and our September 2007 wedding at Lake Barcroft, Virginia. Joe is the author of Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). We met as students in a history of science class at Princeton in September 2004. We have a son, Stefan Harold, born May 2015. We enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and exploring.