Lia Cucos, Ms.

Lia Cucos
Group: Viral Glycoproteins
Department: Viral Glycoproteins

PhD Student

Currently working on

SmartVac project as a PhD student developing and characterizing novel HCV antigens to establish new vaccine candidates to be produced in algae and plants.


Graduated with a MSc in Synthetic Biology at Newcastle University and with a BSc in Experimental Biology from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology.




EEA Grants (2014-2021): Next Generation Viral Hepatitis B and C vaccine development in plants and algae using advanced biotechnological tools; ‘’Dezvoltare de vaccinuri de ultima generatie anti Virusurile Hepatice B si C in plante si alge, utilizand metode biotehnologice avansate’’ 2019-2023
Acronym: SmartVac
Budget: 1.500.000 EUR
Project director: Norica Nichita

We aim to produce high yields of novel HBV/HCV antigens with superior immunogenic properties in plants and mammalian cells, based on innovative molecular design and establish in premiere an advanced biotechnological platform for production of best vaccine candidates antigens in algae.