The project team is interdisciplinary, according to the approached topic, located at the intersection of various research fields (entangled history, colonial history, history of technology, social history, economic history, cultural studies, history of mentality, museum studies).
Ana-Maria Gruia PhD.
Ana-Maria Gruia is a historian and museographer specialized in the research and promotion of cultural patrimony related to the history of pharmacy. She has also coordinated academic research projects before. She has shown an interest in various fields of study, such as medieval iconography, depictions on decorative arts (stove tiles), tobacco pipes and the history of smoking, the history of pharmacy, and museum studies. Ana-Maria Gruia is project leader, responsible for the management of the project, the coordination of networking activities and the attraction of collaborators. She is also employed as scientific researcher, with specific research tasks in the field of pharmacy history, visiting museum pharmacies, partially writing the catalogue of the project and academic papers, taking part in conferences, writing the intermediate and final reports and promoting the project and its results.
Mária Pakucs PhD.
Mária Pakucs is an experienced researcher specialized in the economic history, the history of trade, and urban history during the Early Modern Period. She has worked intensively with significant written sources from Transylvania. Part of the present project, she will transcribe and translate in English the 16th-18th-century manuscripts in the collection and handwritten marginal notes preserved on the pages of the old books. She will partially write the scientific catalogue and specialized papers. She will take part in conferences and will promote the project and its results.
Ioana Monica Gruiță PhD.
Ioana Monica Gruiță is an experienced historian and museographer, specialized in art history, modern and contemporary art, museum studies and curating. Part of the present project she is employed as academic researcher and focuses on the lot of old books in the collection. She will catalogue all such books and transcribe/translate manuscripts dated to the 19-20th centuries. She will also visit history of pharmacy museums, will partially write the final catalogue of the collection, will take part in conferences and will contribute to the promotion of the project and its results.
Ioana Cova, doctoral candidate
Ioana Cova is an experienced conservator, specialized in the conservation and restoration of textile goods and the manipulation of patrimony goods. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, working on a dissertation connected to the preservation of archaeological goods in Romanian museums. Part of the present project she will manipulate all items for photography and research, will perform the preventive conservation of certain goods, will coordinate the cleaning and restoration of ca. 500 artifacts by members of the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory of the National History Museum of Transylvania that she is currently leading. She will also visit history of pharmacy museums, will create conservation files of the artifacts with data to be included in the final catalogue. She will take part in conferences and will contribute to the promotion of the project and its results.
Alexandru Rădulescu PhD.
Alexandru Rădulescu teaches photography at the Art and Design University in Cluj-Napoca and has been previously involved in projects focusing on the digitalization and promotion of mobile cultural patrimony (such as the Ecultura project). In the framework of the current project, Alexandru Rădulescu is employed as academic researcher, responsible with photographing the entire collection (ca. 2500 items, ca. 20.000 photographs), the digital processing of these images for publication. He will also create photographic and video materials for the promotion of the project.
Márta Guttmann PhD is a chemist and expert conservator, lecturer at the University of Sibiu. She will collect medical samples from the preserved materia medica in our collection for chemical analyses and will aid in the interpretation of the results.
Kovács Zsolt PhD, lecturer at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, will contribute to the first volume of our catalogue with two papers: one dealing with the history of the Hintz House, the site of the oldest pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca that houses our collection, recently clarified during restoration works and wall-face researches, the other focusing on the Jesuit pharmacy in town.
Cornelia Rotariu is an expert in the restoration of ceramic cultural goods and has completed the Christian Archaeology master program of the Greek-Catholic Theological Faculty in Cluj. She has been active at the restoration laboratory of the MNIT for more than 25 years. As collaborator of the PHARMATRANS project she focuses with the cleaning, conservation and restoration of pharmaceutical artifacts from recent archaeological excavations and from the old museum collections.
Radu Cordoș, engineer, expert restorer of metal items, working for the MNIT since 1993. He is specialized in the restoration of metal artifacts part of the national cultural patrimony. Part of the present project he will conserve and restore several history of pharmacy artifacts that are made of metal.
Tudor Tomescu, expert restorer of artifacts made of ceramic, glass, faience, and porcelain. He is currently enrolled in the conservation-restoration MA program of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. He has worked for the MNIT since 2002, in the fields of preventive and active conservation and restoration. Part of the present project he will focus on pottery drug jars and laboratory glass items in the collection.