Robi Tacutu, Ph.D.

Robi Tacutu
Group: Systems Biology of Aging
Department: Bioinformatics & Structural Biochemistry

Group leader

Research interests: Biology/genetics of ageing, longevity and age-related diseases; Prediction of single/multi longevity regulators; Biomarker profiling for healthcare; Bioinformatics; Genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics; Systems biology; Network biology; Computational biology; Synthetic biology (gene circuit design)

Currently working on

Robi's group is currently studying the relationships between OMIC changes and genetic interventions, pertaining to the field of ageing research. In more detail, the group is using bioinformatic, network biology and machine learning techniques, to investigate genomic, transcriptomic, epigenomic and proteomic data. Applying these methods to learn from the changes that occur with age and from the differences between long- and short-lived mutants, the group aims to develop better ways to predict multi-genetic interventions that can prolong lifespan. Currently the group is focusing on validating its methods for the model organism C. elegans.


A thorough, analytical and curiosity-driven scientist, with a multidisciplinary background in biology and computer science, Robi received his BSc in computer science from the University Politehnica Bucharest, and his MSc in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Bucharest. He has a long-term commitment and interest in the field of biogerontology (since 2005) and received his PhD in 2013 from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in the lab of Prof. Vadim Fraifeld. His thesis was on an ageing-related topic: studying the relationships between aging and age-related diseases with the use of bioinformatics and network biology approaches, and developing computational methods to predict novel genetic determinants of longevity.

Robi continued his research as a postdoc (2011-2015) at the University of Liverpool, in the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group, led by Dr. Joao Pedro de Magalhaes. Here, he had a role in developing and curating the Human Ageing Genomic Resources collection of databases relevant to ageing research, and was later awarded a EU FP7 Marie Curie fellowship for developing and interrogating an integrated model of ageing to identify causal relationships between hormonal changes and gene expression changes.

Since 2016, Robi leads the Systems Biology of Aging Group (a group of more than 15 people) at the Institute of Biochemistry and focuses on using computational methods in conjunction with large screening datasets to understand the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms behind ageing, longevity and age-related diseases.

Robi has expertise in Biology of Ageing, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Network Biology, and Synthetic Biology.


  • Ghenea S, Chiritoiu M, Tacutu R, Miranda-Vizuete A, Petrescu SMGhenea S et al . "Targeting EDEM protects against ER stress and improves development and survival in C. elegans", PLoS genetics 18(2): e1010069, (2022)
    IF: 5.90
  • Knyazer A, Bunu G, Toren D, Mracica TB, Segev Y, Wolfson M, Muradian KK, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VEKnyazer A et al . "Small molecules for cell reprogramming: a systems biology analysis", Aging 13(24): 25739-25762, (2021)
    IF: 5.68
  • Matei IV, Samukange VNC, Bunu G, Toren D, Ghenea S, Tacutu RMatei IV et al . "Knock-down of odr-3 and ife-2 additively extends lifespan and healthspan in C. elegans", Aging 13(undefined), (2021)
    IF: 5.60
  • Constantinescu V, Chiru C, Boloni T, Florea A, Tacutu RConstantinescu V et al . "Learning flat representations with artificial neural networks", Applied Intelligence: 2456–2470, (2021)
    IF: 5.09
  • Kulaga AY, Ursu E, Toren D, Tyshchenko V, Guinea R, Pushkova M, Fraifeld VE, Tacutu RKulaga AY et al . "Machine Learning Analysis of Longevity-Associated Gene Expression Landscapes in Mammals", International journal of molecular sciences 22(3), (2021)
    IF: 4.56
  • Toren D, Yanai H, Abu Taha R, Bunu G, Ursu E, Ziesche R, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VEToren D et al . "Systems biology analysis of lung fibrosis-related genes in the bleomycin mouse model", Scientific reports 11(1): 19269, (2021)
    IF: 4.38AI: 1.28
  • Avelar RA, Ortega JG, Tacutu R, Tyler EJ, Bennett D, Binetti P, Budovsky A, Chatsirisupachai K, Johnson E, Murray A, Shields S, Tejada-Martinez D, Thornton D, Fraifeld VE, Bishop CL, de Magalhães JPAvelar RA et al . "A multidimensional systems biology analysis of cellular senescence in aging and disease", Genome biology 21(1): 91, (2020)
    IF: 10.81
  • Toren D, Kulaga A, Jethva M, Rubin E, Snezhkina AV, Kudryavtseva AV, Nowicki D, Tacutu R, Moskalev AA, Fraifeld VEToren D et al . "Gray whale transcriptome reveals longevity adaptations associated with DNA repair and ubiquitination", Aging cell 19(7): e13158, (2020)
    IF: 7.24
  • Bunu G, Toren D, Ion CF, Barardo D, Sârghie L, Grigore LG, de Magalhães JP, Fraifeld VE, Tacutu RBunu G et al . "SynergyAge, a curated database for synergistic and antagonistic interactions of longevity-associated genes", Scientific data 7(1): 366, (2020)
    IF: 5.54
  • Bucaciuc Mracica T, Anghel A, Ion CF, Moraru CV, Tacutu R, Lazar GABucaciuc Mracica T et al . "MetaboAge DB: a repository of known ageing-related changes in the human metabolome", Biogerontology 21(6): 763-771, (2020)
    IF: 3.77
  • Martin EC, Sukarta OCA, Spiridon L, Grigore LG, Constantinescu V, Tacutu R, Goverse A, Petrescu AJMartin EC et al . "LRRpredictor-A New LRR Motif Detection Method for Irregular Motifs of Plant NLR Proteins Using an Ensemble of Classifiers", Genes (Basel) 11(3): 286, (2020)
    IF: 3.33
  • Tacutu R, Thornton D, Johnson E, Budovsky A, Barardo D, Craig T, Diana E, Lehmann G, Toren D, Wang J, Fraifeld VE, de Magalhães JPTacutu R et al . "Human Ageing Genomic Resources: new and updated databases", Nucleic acids research 46(D1): D1083-D1090, (2018)
    IF: 11.15
  • Yanai H, Budovsky A, Barzilay T, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VEYanai H et al . "Wide-scale comparative analysis of longevity genes and interventions", Aging cell 16(6): 1267-1275, (2017)
    IF: 7.63
  • Toren D, Barzilay T, Tacutu R, Lehmann G, Muradian KK, Fraifeld VEToren D et al . "MitoAge: a database for comparative analysis of mitochondrial DNA, with a special focus on animal longevity", Nucleic acids research 44(D1): D1262-5, (2016)
    IF: 10.16
  • Calvert S, Tacutu R, Sharifi S, Teixeira R, Ghosh P, de Magalhães JPCalvert S et al . "A network pharmacology approach reveals new candidate caloric restriction mimetics in C. elegans", Aging cell 15(2): 256-66, (2016)
    IF: 6.71
  • Fernandes M, Wan C, Tacutu R, Barardo D, Rajput A, Wang J, Thoppil H, Thornton D, Yang C, Freitas A, de Magalhães JPFernandes M et al . "Systematic analysis of the gerontome reveals links between aging and age-related diseases", Human molecular genetics 25(21): 4804-4818, (2016)
    IF: 5.34
  • Yanai H, Budovsky A, Tacutu R, Barzilay T, Abramovich A, Ziesche R, Fraifeld VEYanai H et al . "Tissue repair genes: the TiRe database and its implication for skin wound healing", Oncotarget 7(16): 21145-55, (2016)
    IF: 5.17
  • Wood SH, van Dam S, Craig T, Tacutu R, O'Toole A, Merry BJ, de Magalhães JPWood SH et al . "Transcriptome analysis in calorie-restricted rats implicates epigenetic and post-translational mechanisms in neuroprotection and aging", Genome biology 16: 285, (2015)
    IF: 11.31AI: 6.80
  • Craig T, Smelick C, Tacutu R, Wuttke D, Wood SH, Stanley H, Janssens G, Savitskaya E, Moskalev A, Arking R, de Magalhães JPCraig T et al . "The Digital Ageing Atlas: integrating the diversity of age-related changes into a unified resource", Nucleic acids research 43(Database issue): D873-8, (2015)
    IF: 9.20AI: 3.60
  • Budovsky A, Craig T, Wang J, Tacutu R, Csordas A, Lourenço J, Fraifeld VE, de Magalhães JPBudovsky A et al . "LongevityMap: a database of human genetic variants associated with longevity", Trends in genetics : TIG 29(10): 559-60, (2013)
    IF: 11.60
  • Tacutu R, Craig T, Budovsky A, Wuttke D, Lehmann G, Taranukha D, Costa J, Fraifeld VE, de Magalhães JPTacutu R et al . "Human Ageing Genomic Resources: integrated databases and tools for the biology and genetics of ageing", Nucleic acids research 41(Database issue): D1027-33, (2013)
    IF: 8.81AI: 3.40
  • Moskalev AA, Smit-McBride Z, Shaposhnikov MV, Plyusnina EN, Zhavoronkov A, Budovsky A, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VEMoskalev AA et al . "Gadd45 proteins: relevance to aging, longevity and age-related pathologies", Ageing research reviews 11(1): 51-66, (2012)
    IF: 5.95AI: 1.90
  • Tacutu R, Shore DE, Budovsky A, de Magalhães JP, Ruvkun G, Fraifeld VE, Curran SPTacutu R et al . "Prediction of C. elegans longevity genes by human and worm longevity networks", PloS one 7(10): e48282, (2012)
    IF: 3.73AI: 1.50
  • Tacutu R, Budovsky A, Yanai H, Fraifeld VETacutu R et al . "Molecular links between cellular senescence, longevity and age-related diseases - a systems biology perspective", Aging 3(12): 1178-91, (2011)
    IF: 5.13
  • Yanai H, Budovsky A, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VEYanai H et al . "Is rate of skin wound healing associated with aging or longevity phenotype?", Biogerontology 12(6): 591-7, (2011)
    IF: 3.34AI: 0.70
  • Tacutu R, Budovsky A, Wolfson M, Fraifeld VETacutu R et al . "MicroRNA-regulated protein-protein interaction networks: how could they help in searching for pro-longevity targets?", Rejuvenation research 13(2-3): 373-7, (2010)
    IF: 4.22AI: 0.60
  • Tacutu R, Budovsky A, Fraifeld VETacutu R et al . "The NetAge database: a compendium of networks for longevity, age-related diseases and associated processes", Biogerontology 11(4): 513-22, (2010)
    IF: 3.41AI: 0.80
  • Wolfson M, Budovsky A, Tacutu R, Fraifeld VWolfson M et al . "The signaling hubs at the crossroad of longevity and age-related disease networks", The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 41(3): 516-20, (2009)
    IF: 4.89
  • Budovsky A, Tacutu R, Yanai H, Abramovich A, Wolfson M, Fraifeld VBudovsky A et al . "Common gene signature of cancer and longevity", Mechanisms of ageing and development 130(1-2): 33-9, (2009)
    IF: 4.18AI: 1.40
  • de Magalhães JP, Lagger C, Tacutu Rde Magalhães JP et al . "Integrative Genomics of Aging", pp 151-171, Handbook of the Biology of Aging, Academic Press, Elsevier, (2021).
    ISBN: 978-0-12-815962-0
  • Tacutu R, Toren D, Ursu E, Bunu G, Bucaciuc Mracica TTacutu R et al . "Healthy Biological Systems", pp 53-78, Explaining Health Across the Sciences, Springer, Cham, (2020).
    ISBN: 978-3-030-52662-7
  • de Magalhães JP, Tacutu R. "Integrative Genomics of Aging", pp 263-285, Handbook of the Biology of Aging, Elsevier, Academic Press, (2016).
    ISBN: 978-0124115965
  • Surleac MD, Spiridon LN, TacutuR, Milac AL, Petrescu SM, Petrescu AJSurleac MD et al . "Structural Assessment of Glycosylation Sites Database - SAGS – An Overall View on N-Glycosylation", pp 3-20, Glycosilation, InTech, (2012).
    ISBN: 978-953-51-0771-2
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Gerontomics: Multi-omics prediction system for prioritization of gerontological interventions 2016-2021
Acronym: Gerontomics
Project director: Robi Tacutu

Starting 02.09.2016, the Institute of Biochemistry of the Romanian Academy is implementing the project “Multi-omics prediction system for prioritization of gerontological interventions”, co-funded through European Fund for Regional Development, in accordance with the funding contract signed by the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research. The total funding for the project is 8.524.757,50 lei, of which 8.502.557,50 lei represent non-reimbursable funding. The project’s duration is 48 months.

Microsoft Azure Research 2017-2018
Acronym: ML for Aging Research
Project director: Robi Tacutu

The Systems Biology of Aging team is grateful for the "Microsoft Azure for Research" sponsorship awarded to our group. We have received cloud computing resources worth the equivalent of 20,000$ credits, and this has greatly helped us to speed up some of our research projects.

Impact of Early life MetaBolic and psychosocial strEss on susceptibility to mental Disorders; from converging epigenetic signatures to novel targets for therapeutic intervention 2019-2022
Acronym: EMBED
Project director: Robi Tacutu

Starting 01.06.2019, the Institute of Biochemistry of the Romanian Academy is implementing the EMBED project, funded by UEFISCDI (contract 103, from 01.06.2019), through the ERA-NET COFUND-NEURON III grant call. The project aims to assess the shared molecular links between pre- and post-natal, metabolic and psychosocial stress, and the risks of depression later in life, and its duration will be 36 months.

Gene Transcriptional Signatures in Healthy Ageing and Related Pathologies 2020-2022
Acronym: GeT-SHARP
Budget: 431,900 RON
Project director: Robi Tacutu

The project aims to analyze and compare the age-related transcriptomics signatures in variuos tisues, both in healthy and pathological individuals, in order to identify shared or unique aging signature that drive aging or age-related diseases.

Automated Nematode Screening for Neurodegenerative Diseases 2020-2022
Acronym: ANS-ND
Budget: 600,000 RON
Project director: Robi Tacutu

The project aims to experimentally develop an integrated and automated solution for screening drugs and genetic interventions for neurodegenerative diseases, using the nematode C. elegans and ageing-related data.