Alina Handorean

Teaching Professor, Engineering. Design, and Society; Civil and Environmental Engineering

alina-handorean Alina HandoreanAlina Handorean is a Teaching Professor in EDS with more than 15 years of experience teaching a wide range of biology, chemistry and fundamental environmental engineering classes at the middle school through graduate levels. Dr. Handorean earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Bucharest, Romania and her M.A. and PhD in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer biology at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences campus. Prior to joining Mines, Dr Handorean was a Research Faculty/Lecturer in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests are Environmental Engineering (Drinking Water, Bioaerosols), Chemistry, Cancer Biology, and Pedagogy, and she’s passionate about teaching user-centered design, communication skills, and teamwork in her Cornerstone classes.


Engineering Annex


  • PhD Washington University in St. Louis, Chemistry
  • MA Washington University in St. Louis, Chemistry
  • MS University of Bucharest, Romania, Molecular Biology
  • BS University of Bucharest, Romania, Biology/Biochemistry

Selected Publications

  • Handorean A.M., Yang K., Robbins. E, Flaig, T. and Iczkowski K.A. – Silibinin, and not vitamin D, alters the CD44 promoter activity in prostate cancer cells – American Journal of Translational Research, 2009, Vol. 1, 80-86
  • Yang K., Handorean A.M., and Iczkowski K.A. – MicroRNA 373 and 520c exert distinctive effects on CD44 expression and invasion in prostate cancer cells – International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, 2009, Vol. 2, 361-369

  • Dintwe, K., Okin, G. S., D’Odorico, P., Caylor, K. K., Hrast, T., Mladenov, N., Handorean, A., Bhattachan, A., O’Donnell, F. C. Soil Organic Carbon and Total Nitrogen Pools in the Kalahari: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on C Sequestration in Savannas” – Plant and Soil, 2014, 10.1007/s11104-014-2292

  • Turner Jane, Hernandez Mark, Snawder John E, Handorean A, McCabe M. Kevin – “A Toxicology Suite Adapted for Comparing Parallel Toxicity Responses of Model Human Lung Cells to Diesel Exhaust Particles and Their Extracts”- Aerosols Science and Technology, 2015, Volume 49, Issue 8, Pages 599-610
  • Handorean Alina, Robertson Charles E, Harris Kirk J., Frank  Daniel, Hull Natalie, Kotter Cassandra, Stevens, Mark J., Baumgardner Darrel, Pace Norman and Hernandez Mark – “Microbial Aerosol liberation from soiled textiles isolated during routine residual handling in a modern health care setting’ – Microbiome 3:72, December 9, 2015