Anna Skoracka

Discipline Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-9485-532X
Overview (research interests) Ecology and evolution of plant-feeding arthropods
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) All aspects of ecology and evolution of plant-feeding arthropods
Research projects overview A bidirectional selection experiment to test the evolution of specialization and dispersal in the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella
Publications list (5 the most important) 1. Laska A., Rector B. G., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2019. Can your behaviour blow you away? Contextual and phenotypic precursors to passive aerial dispersal in phytophagous mites. Animal Behaviour, 155: 141-151,
2. Skoracka A., Lopes L. F., Alves M. J., Miller A., Lewandowski M., Szydło W., Majer A., Różańska E. i Kuczyński L. 2018. Genetics of lineage diversification and the evolution of host usage in the economically important wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer, 1969. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18: 122,
3. Skoracka A., Rector B. G., Hein G., L. 2018. The interface between wheat and the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, the primary vector of globally important viral diseases. Frontiers in Plant Science 9 (1098), 1-8,
4. Miller A.D., Skoracka A., Navia D., de Mendonca R., Szydło W., Schultz M.., Smith C.M., Truol G., Hoffmann A.A. 2013. Phylogenetic analyses reveal extensive cryptic speciation and host specialization in an economically important mite taxon. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 928-940,DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2012.11.021
5. Reif J., Reifová R., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2018. Competition-driven niche segregation on a landscape scale: Evidence for escaping from syntopy towards allotopy in two coexisting sibling passerine species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87: 774–789,

Andrzej Pacak

Discipline Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-6968-9307
Overview (research interests) I am interested in studies of the biotic and abiotic stresses, especially phosphorus (P)/phosphate (Pi) starvation influence on barley gene expression and barley growth and development. Using molecular biology approaches, I analyse three RNA levels: small RNA (including microRNA), transcripts (mRNA as well as other RNA species) and degradome (degraded RNA). The main aim is to find mechanisms/pathways which barley applied to cope with lack of phosphate. Moreover I investigate the further molecular and physiological consequences of Pi starvation on barley growth, development and finally on food production, yield and its quality.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Profile: Molecular biology: RNA analysis (small RNA, transcriptome, degradome), protein-DNA interactions studies (yeast one hybrid), protein-protein interactions (yeast two-hybrid, FRET-FLIM), protein structure studies (in silico protein folding and docking).
Biotechnology: barley modification using Agrobacterium-mediated barley embryo transformation, protein production in tobacco using TMV (Tobacco Mosaic Virus) vector, gene silencing in barley using VIGS (Virus Induced Gene Silencing) approach and BSMV (Barley Stripe Mosaic Virus). Physiology: phosphate concentration measurement
Proposed Topic: RNA modification induced by phosphate starvation in barley. Answer the question why some RNA species are resistant to RNA degradation during Pi starvation but others are not.
Research projects overview The effect of RNA modification on small RNA production and the profile of RNA degradation in barley upon phosphate deficiency. Phosphorus (P) is one of the most important macro-nutrients which is acquired by plants from soil as inorganic phosphate ions (Pi). Pi deficiency inhibits plant growth and development. Phosphorus is also an element building RNA and DNA. RNA molecule is modified by polyadenylation on the 3’ end and the cap structure on the 5’ end of mRNA denoting mature mRNA. RNA can be also modified within nucleosides as pseudouridylation, methylation of the bases, ribose methylation, oxidation. In Modomics database there are 172 different nucleoside modifications. Recently it has been shown that there is a direct link between mRNA modification, i.e. m6A (N6-methyladenosine) and mRNA degradation. Ok Hyun Park and colleagues have shown that human YTHDF2 (m6A reader protein), HRSP12 (adaptor protein), and RNase P/MRP (endoribonuclease) are responsible for m6A identification and mRNA endoribonucleolytic cleavage (Park, Ha et al. 2019). I have observed mRNA degradation during Pi starvation in barley, connected with faster senescence of older leaves and macro- and micro-nutrient re-mobilisation to the new emerging plant organs. In a few cases mRNA degradation is directed by microRNA. A single stranded 21 nt microRNA guides RISC complex to the target mRNA and it is then precisely cleaved. Degradation profiles of mRNAs which expressions are significantly changed upon Pi starvation show differences in the degradation level of mRNAs. Moreover, I have observed that in roots almost 30% of small RNAs (18 – 25 nt length) significantly change their expression. I found that they map to different classes of RNA: mRNAs, tRNAs, non-translating RNAs, snRNAs, snoRNAs. It is interesting to answer the question why some of mRNAs are stable but others are degraded upon Pi starvation. Why can a particular RNA serve as a source of small RNAs? What will be the differences on the RNA level, detected in the oldest (faster leaves’ senescence) compared to the new emerging barley organs during Pi starvation and Pi sufficient conditions? To answer the questions, PhD student will perform NGS sequencing on three levels: small RNA, transcriptome and degradome levels, and will combine the results with the RNA modification data. We will use nanopore (Oxford Nanopore) sequencing technology. The approach allows for direct RNA sequencing and analysis of modified nucleosides within RNA. Having possessed the information regarding sequence, structure, small RNA region mapping and mRNA degradome profile, we will use them to analyse RNA modification profile. In result, student will get to know how modification influences RNA stability during Pi starvation. To verify RNA nanopore sequencing data we will perform bisulfite sequencing to detect cytosine methylation.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Sega P, Kruszka K, Bielewicz D, Karlowski W, Nuc P, Szweykowska-Kulinska Z, Pacak A. Pi-starvation induced transcriptional changes in barley revealed by a comprehensive RNA-Seq and degradome analyses. BMC Genomics. 2021 Mar 9;22(1):165. doi:10.1186/s12864-021-07481-w
2. Sega P, Pacak A. Plant PHR Transcription Factors: Put on A Map. Genes (Basel). 2019 Dec 6;10(12):1018. doi:10.3390/genes10121018
3. Sega P, Kruszka K, Szewc Ł, Szweykowska-Kulińska Z, Pacak A. Identification of transcription factors that bind to the 5′-UTR of the barley PHO2 gene. Plant Mol Biol. 2020 Jan;102(1-2):73-88. doi:10.1007/s11103-019-00932-9
4. Smoczynska A, Sega P, Stepien A, Knop K, Jarmolowski A, Pacak A, Szweykowska-Kulinska Z. miRNA Detection by Stem-Loop RT-qPCR in Studying microRNA Biogenesis and microRNA Responsiveness to Abiotic Stresses. Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1932:131-150. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-9042-9_10
5. Pacak A, Barciszewska-Pacak M, Swida-Barteczka A, Kruszka K, Sega P, Milanowska K, Jakobsen I, Jarmolowski A, Szweykowska-Kulinska Z. Heat Stress Affects Pi-related Genes Expression and Inorganic Phosphate Deposition/Accumulation in Barley. Front Plant Sci. 2016 Jun 24;7:926. doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.00926

Karina Apolinarska

Discipline Geology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-3507-5139
Overview (research interests) palaeolimnology, limnology, malacologyz, freshwater carbonates including charophyte encrustations, stable isotopes in palaeolimnological and limnological studies environmental (including climatic) studies during the late glacial and Holocene
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
palaeoenvironmental studies of lacustrine sediments and deposits of calcareous spring-fed fens, including geochemistry, stable isotopes, malacological analysisactualistic studies of lakes and their deposits
Research projects overview Calcareous spring-fed fens as powerful palaeoclimatic and palaeobiological archive and unique ecosystem and refuge, hosting rare and endangered species of plants and animals
Application of stable isotope composition of mollusc shells in palaeolimnological studies. Methodological approachIsotopic composition (δ13C and δ18O) of freshwater mollusc shells as a proxy for climatic and ecological conditionsPostglacial history of Lakes Skrzynka and Mielnica (Bory Tucholskie National Park) in terms of isotopic (δ18O and δ13C), geochemical and palinological dataChemical analyses of mollusc shells from selected sediment profiles in Great Poland.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Apolinarska K, Pleskot K, Pełechata A, Migdałek M, Siepak M, Pełechaty M. 2020 – The recent deposition of laminated sediments in highly eutrophic Lake Kierskie, western Poland. 1 year pilot study of limnological monitoring and sediment traps. Journal of Paleolimnology 63: 283-304.
2. Apolinarska K, Kurzawska A. 2020 – Can stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen be used to determine the origin of freshwater shells used in Neolithic ornaments from central Europe? Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12: 1-16.
3. Gałka M., Apolinarska K. 2014 – Climate change, vegetation development, and lake level fluctuations in Lake Purwin (NE Poland) during the last 8600 cal. yr BP based on a high-resolution plant macrofossil record and stable isotope data (δ13C and δ18O). Quaternary International 328: 213-225.
4. Pełechaty M., Pukacz A., Apolinarska K., Siepak M. 2013 – The significance of Chara vegetation in the precipitation of lacustrine calcium carbonate. Sedimentology 60: 1017-1035.
5. Apolinarska K., Woszczyk W., Obremska M. 2012 – Late Weichselian and Holocene palaeoenvironmental changes in northern Poland based on the Lake Skrzynka record. Boreas, 41: 292-307.

Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna

Discipline Biological Sciences: Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0003-2828-1505
Overview (research interests) plant functional anatomy, root biology, xylogenesis, phloemogenesis, plant organ senescence, programed cell death (PCD), autophagy
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Plant development with particular interests in the biology and functional anatomy of rootsProgrammed cell death during plant ontogenesis, from histogenesis to organ senescenceThe role of hormones in plant growth and developmentNutrient remobilization during plant organ senescenceRoot growth and death in different nutrient availabilityCytological and molecular autophagy markers in the process of phloem and xylem differentiation in plant roots
Research projects overview The importance of selective autophagy and autolysis in the process of phloemogenesis: Identification and characteristics of its key stepsProgrammed cell death as an essential process during plant organ growth and senescence on the example of model species Populus trichocarpaThe mechanisms that regulate woody plant organ senescenceBiology, ecology and functional anatomy and xylogenesis of fine and pioneer roots of black cottonwood Functional characteristic of Cinnamyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase (CAD) genes in xylem development of black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) Projects range from applied to fundamental research topics, using a wide range of techniques: Light microscopy, histochemistry, confocal laser scanning microscopy for cell/tissue imaging (FISH, immunolocalization-immunofluorescence), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), phenotyping, Western blotting, qRT-PCR.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Wojciechowska, N., Marzec-Schmidt, K., Kalemba, E. M., Ludwików, A., & Bagniewska-Zadworna, A. (2020). Seasonal senescence of leaves and roots of Populus trichocarpa—is the scenario the same or different?. Tree Physiology, 40(8), 987-1000.
2. Wojciechowska, N., Smugarzewska, I., Marzec-Schmidt, K., Zarzyńska-Nowak, A., & Bagniewska-Zadworna, A. (2019). Occurrence of autophagy during pioneer root and stem development in Populus trichocarpa. Planta, 250(6), 1789-1801.
3. Wojciechowska, N., Marzec-Schmidt, K., Kalemba, E. M., Zarzyńska-Nowak, A., Jagodziński, A. M., & Bagniewska-Zadworna, A. (2018). Autophagy counteracts instantaneous cell death during seasonal senescence of the fine roots and leaves in Populus trichocarpa. BMC Plant Biology, 18(1), 1-16.
4. Wojciechowska, N., Wilmowicz, E., Marzec-Schmidt, K., Ludwików, A., & Bagniewska-Zadworna, A. (2020). Abscisic acid and jasmonate metabolisms are jointly regulated during senescence in roots and leaves of Populus trichocarpa. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(6), 2042.
5. Bagniewska‐Zadworna, A., Byczyk, J., Eissenstat, D. M., Oleksyn, J., & Zadworny, M. (2012). Avoiding transport bottlenecks in an expanding root system: xylem vessel development in fibrous and pioneer roots under field conditions. American Journal of Botany, 99(9), 1417-1426.

Bartłomiej Gołdyn

Discipline Invertebrate ecology, wetland conservation, extremophile biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-5470-6709
Overview (research interests) Animal ecologist and biodiversity conservationist specializing in functioning of temporary waters (vernal pools especially) and wetlands in general as habitats of invertebrate fauna; focusing on large branchiopod crustaceans, gastropods and tardigrades. Expert in national programme of threatened species monitoring, principal investigator or researcher in four research projects funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and expert or consultant in six projects founded by the European Funds. Author of over 50 peer-reviewed research papers and ca. 20 expertise reports on conservation status of wetland invertebrates.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Crustaceans of snow fed vernal pools: distribution, conservation status and ecosystem servicesUnderstanding strategy behind the gambling game played by extremophiles: factors used as clues by fairy shrimps in making life-history decisionsIs the biology of invertebrates in temporary waters modified by their microbiome or vice versa? Ecology of dendritic metapopulations using terrestrial snails along riverine systems as a model
Research projects overview My research projects focus on biology and ecology of invertebrates typical for unstable environments (especially Crustacea, Gastropoda, Tardigrada), with particular emphasis on these occurring in temporary waters. We analyse ecology of their habitats to explain observed patterns in distribution and uncover relations with human activities causing threats to their populations. We also try to understand the nature of their adaptations – performing experiments both in the field and lab. Several of these species are extremophiles, and so some of our research extend even towards astrobiology.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Mioduchowska, M., Czyz, M. J., Gołdyn, B., Kilikowska, A., Namiotko, T., Pinceel, T., Łaciak, M., & Sell, J. (2018). Detection of bacterial endosymbionts in freshwater crustaceans: The applicability of non-degenerate primers to amplify the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. PeerJ, 2018(12).
2. Kaczmarek, Ł., Gołdyn, B., Mcinnes, S. J., & Michalczyk, Ł. (2016). Diversity of limno-terrestrial tardigrades of the Americas in relation to the Great American Biotic Interchange hypothesis (GABI). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(4).
3. Gołdyn, B., Kowalczewska-Madura, K., & Celewicz-Gołdyn, S. (2015). Drought and deluge: Influence of environmental factors on water quality of kettle holes in two subsequent years with different precipitation. Limnologica, 54.
4. Książkiewicz, Z., & Gołdyn, B. (2015). Needle in a Haystack: Predicting the Occurrence of Wetland Invertebrates on the Basis of Simple Geographical Data. A Case Study on Two Threatened Micro-Mollusc Species (Gastropoda: Vertiginidae) from Poland. Wetlands, 35(4).
5. Gołdyn, B., Bernard, R., Czyz, M. J., & Jankowiak, A. (2012). Diversity and conservation status of large branchiopods (Crustacea) in ponds of western Poland. Limnologica, 42(4).

Michał Bogdziewicz

Discipline Ecology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-6777-9034
Overview (research interests) My research interests are plant ecology, especially plant-animal interactions (seed predation, seed dispersal, pollination, herbivory), plant demography and life histories. Specific interests include: Mast seeding: the description of variable among-year flowering patterns (mast seeding) and inter-species synchrony at all continents, the evolutionary benefits of masting, modelling the resource dynamics within plants that create masting, drivers of synchrony (Moran effect, pollen coupling), and all related. Plant-animal (conditional) mutualisms: the importance of animal-mediated dispersal in the European flora; especially in oaks (native and invasive)Broad spectrum of topics related with plant ecology
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Dissertations may involve all topics related to mast seeding and ecology of seed production (including pollination, seed predation, etc), plant-animal interactions (including dispersal and predation). Any topic that involves plant ecology is potentially interesting – contact me to see what we can do together.
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Bogdziewicz M., Pesendorfer M., Crone E.E., Pérez-Izquierdo C., Bonal R. (2020). Flowering synchrony drives pollination success in a wind-pollinated tree. Ecology Letters,
2. Bogdziewicz M., Szymkowiak J., Tanentzap A., Calama R., Marino S., Steele M.A., Seget B., Piechnik Ł., Żywiec M. (2021) Seed predation selects for reproductive variability and synchrony in perennial plants. New Phytologist,
3. Bogdziewicz M., Kelly D., Tanentzap A., Thomas P., Lageard J., Hacket-Pain A. (2020). Climate change strengthen the selection for masting in European beech. Current Biology,
4. Bogdziewicz M., Kelly D., Thomas P., Lageard J., Hacket-Pain A. (2020) Climate warming disrupts mast seeding and its fitness benefits in European beech. Nature Plants,
5. Bogdziewicz M., Ascoli D., Hacket-Pain, Koenig W., Pearse I., Pesendorfer M., Satake A., Thomas P., Vacchiano G., Wohlgemuth T., Tanentzap A. (2020) From theory to experiments for testing the proximate mechanisms of mast seeding: an agenda for an experimental ecology. Ecology Letters,

Marek Ewertowski

Discipline Earth Sciences; Geomorphology & Remote Sensing
ORCID ID 0000-0002-0422-2327
Overview (research interests) My research focuses on understanding landscape response to different drivers, including deglaciation (i.e., paraglacial period) and human impact. I use an approach that links geomorphology, glaciology, remote sensing (including UAVs) and GIS to quantify landscape transformation and investigate its drivers. Geographically, my works concentrate on Svalbard, Iceland, Colombia, Peru, USA and Greenland.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Quantification of landslide-induced changes in glacier dynamics based on time-series of high-resolution satellite imagery Numerical modelling of landslide impacts on glacier dynamics based on high-resolution satellite imagery, UAV-generated data and field-based observations
Research projects overview Mapping and quantifying short-term evolution of proglacial areas Global assessment of glacier-landslide interactions and associated geohazards
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Tomczyk AM., Ewertowski MW, Carrivick JL, 2020. Geomorphological impacts of a glacier lake outburst flood in the high arctic Zackenberg River, NE Greenland. Journal of Hydrology, 519: 125300
2. Ewertowski MW., Tomczyk AM., 2020. Reactivation of temporarily stabilized ice-cored moraines in front of polythermal glaciers: Gravitational mass movements as the most important geomorphological agents for the redistribution of sediments (a case study from Ebbabreen and Ragnarbreen, Svalbard). Geomorphology, 350: 106952. DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.106952
3. Ewertowski MW, Tomczyk AM., Evans DJA, Roberts DH, Ewertowski W., 2019. Operational framework for rapid, very-high resolution mapping of glacial geomorphology using low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Structure-from-Motion approach. Remote Sensing 11, 65. DOI:10.3390/rs11010065
4. Ewertowski, MW., Evans, DJA., Roberts, DH, Tomczyk AM., Pleskot K., Ewertowski W., 2019. Quantification of historical landscape change on the foreland of a receding polythermal glacier, Hørbyebreen, Svalbard. Geomorphology, 325:50-54. DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.09.027
5. Chandler, B.M.P., Lovell, H., Boston, C.M., Lukas, S., Barr, I.D., Benediktsson, Í.Ö., Benn, D.I., Clark, C.D., Darvill, C.M., Evans, D.J.A., Ewertowski, M.W., Loibl, D., Margold, M., Otto, J.-C., Roberts, D.H., Stokes, C.R., Storrar, R.D., Stroeven, A.P., 2018. Glacial geomorphological mapping: A review of approaches and frameworks for best practice. Earth-Science Review, 185, 806-846. DOI:

Wiesława Jarmuszkiewicz

Wiesława Jarmuszkiewicz

Discipline Bioenergetics; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology; Physiology
ORCID ID 0000-0001-8550-8337
Overview (research interests) Cellular oxidative metabolism
Mitochondrial energy-dissipating pathways: alternative oxidase, uncoupling protein, or potassium channels in different eukaryiotic groups: animals (rats, humans), plants (potato, tomato), fungi (yeast, C. maltosa) and protists (A. castellanii, D. discoideum)
Mitochondria and endurance training
Mitochondria and endothelial dysfunction
Mitochondrial Coenzyme Q and oxidative stress
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Relationship between reactive oxygen species production and coenzyme Q reduction level (undergoing PhD project) Mitochondrial dysfunction caused by bisphosphonates: the effect of coenzyme Q deficiency (undergoing PhD project) Effect of statins on oxidative metabolism adaptation to Coenzyme Q deficiency in the brain (PhD project offer)
Research projects overview 2017-2021 National Science Centre OPUS 2016/21/B/NZ1/02769, Cardioprotective flavonoids: novel regulatory mitochondrial potassium channels; coordinator at AMU
2017-2022 National Science Centre OPUS 2016/21/B/NZ3/00333, Relationship between reactive oxygen species production and coenzyme Q reduction level in mitochondria; principal investigator
2020-2022 National Science Centre PRELUDIUM 2019/N/NZ1/01366; The effect of anoxia/reoxygenation on the bioenergetic properties of mitochondria isolated from endothelial cells cultured under hypoxia; supervisor
2021-2025 National Science Centre OPUS 2020/37/B/NZ1/01188, Oxidative metabolism adaptation to Coenzyme Q deficiency in the brain; effect of statins; principal investigator
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Jarmuszkiewicz W., Sluse-Goffart C.M., Hryniewiecka L., Sluse F.E. (1999) Identification and characterization of a protozoan uncoupling protein in Acanthamoeba castellanii. J. Biological Chemistry 274 (33), 23198-23202
Kicinska A, SwidaA, Bednarczyk P, Koszela-Piotrowska I, Choma K, Dolowy K, Szewczyk A,
2. Jarmuszkiewicz W. (2007) ATP-sensitive potassium channel in mitochondria of the eukaryotic microorganism, Acanthamoeba castellanii. J. Biological Chemistry 282(24), 17433-17441
3. Woyda-Ploszczyca A., Jarmuszkiewicz W. (2011) Ubiquinol (QH(2)) functions as a negative regulator of purine nucleotide inhibition of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondrial uncoupling protein. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Bioenergetics 1807, 42-52
4. Jarmuszkiewicz W., Woyda-Ploszczyca A., Koziel A., Majerczak J, Zoladz J.A., (2015) Temperature controls the oxidative phosphorylation and reactive oxygen species production through uncoupling in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria. Free Radicals Biology and Medicine 83, 12-20
5. Dominiak K., Koziel A., Jarmuszkiewicz W. (2018) The interplay between mitochondrial reactive oxygen species formation and the coenzyme Q reduction level. Redox Biology 18, 256-2655

Joanna Rotnicka-Dłużewska

Discipline Geology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-8306-7651
Overview (research interests) Aeolian and coastal geomorphology including: mechanism of aeolian sand transport, development of foredunes, sediment budget of coastal dunes, factors controlling development and decay of foredunes, development of sand dunes in desert areas
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Topics of potential doctoral dissertation fall into two groups of issues: beach-dune intearactions in different coastal settings impact of different factors on dune development in coastal and desert areas
Research projects overview 2017-2021 National Science Centre, Airflow and aeolian sand transport dynamics beneath and above vegetation canopies – implication for foredunes initiation and growth
2019-2022 National Science Centre, Sand moisture and sand bulk density as a new variables in a numerical model of aeolian sand transport and dunes morphodynamics
2013-2016 National Science Centre, Wind regime of a beach and its influence on the development of foredunes
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Rotnicka, J., Dłużewski, M., Dąbski, M., Rodzewicz, M., Włodarski W., Zmarz A., 2020. Accuracy of the UAV-based DEM of beach-foredune topography in relation to selected morphometric variables, land cover and multitemporal sediment budget. Estuaries and Coasts, 43, 1939–1955.
2. Rotnicka, J., Dłużewski, M., 2019. A method to derive long-term coastal wind data from distant weather station to improve aeolian sand transport rate prediction. Aeolian Research, 38, 24-38.
3. Rotnicka, J., Dłużewski, M, 2019. Aeolian Sand Transport Rate Over Windward and Lee Slopes of Small Reversing Dunes, Southern Morocco. W: M. Boughdiri et al. (eds.), Paleobiodiversity and Tectono-Sedimentary Records in the Mediterranean Tethys and Related Eastern Areas, Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation, Part VI Geomorphology—Quaternary Geology, tom IX. Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019. ISBN 978-3-030-01452-0
4. Rotnicki K., Rotnicka J., Goslar T., Wawrzyniak-Wydrowska B., 2016 – The first geological record of a palaeotsunami on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, Poland. Geological Quarterly, 60: 417-440.
5. Rotnicka, J., 2013 – Aeolian vertical mass flux profiles above dry and moist sandy beach surfaces. Geomorphology, 187, 27-37.

Klaudiusz Święcicki

Discipline Earth and related environmental sciences; History
Overview (research interests) Cultural tourism, theatre tourism, place of memory tourism, history of tourism, cultural aspects of tourism, history of culture, history of theatre, fine arts
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Cultural tourism, theatre tourism, place of memory tourism, history of tourism, cultural aspects of tourism
Research projects overview History and Memory at the Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre Galicia International Research Group 1772-1918
(5 the most important)
1. Święcicki K., Tourism Theatre as a Form of Cultural Tourism, in: Tourist development: determinants and plans. Vol. XII: Accessible tourism and humanistic aspects of tourism, eds. Z. Młynarczyk, A. Zajadacz, Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznań 2014, 77–89
2. Święcicki K., Anthropology of History and Memory in the Theatrical Work of Tadeusz Kantor, in: Tadeusz Kantor Today. Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence, eds. K. Fazan, A. Różańska-Burzyńska, M. Bryś, Peter Lang Edition, Frankfurt am Main 2014
3. Święcicki K., Wielopole Skrzyńskie and Galicia in “Plates of Memory” of Tadeusz Kantor, Wydaw. Instytutu Historii, Poznan 2016
4. Święcicki K., O Teatro de Tadeusz Kantor: entre historia e memoria / Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor: between history and memory, „Moringa. Artes de Espatáculo” 2016, vol. 7, no. 2
5. Święcicki K., Kantor and Theater of Postmemory, in: M. Romanska, C. Cioffi (ed.), Theatermachine: Tadeusz Kantor In Context, Northwestern University Press, Evanston 2020, p. 53-64

Kinga Kamieniarz-Gdula

Discipline Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0003-3789-5381
Overview (research interests) Our lab’s aim is to integrate different levels of gene expression regulation – chromatin, transcription and RNA processing – focusing on gene ends. We want to understand the basic mechanisms of when and how transcription stops (terminates), but also how perturbed termination contributes to disease. Premature termination, called also transcription attenuation, is particularly relevant in the pathological context. Premature termination was known to be an important regulatory mechanism in bacteria and yeast, but overlooked in humans and animals in general. We and others have recently shown that this phenomenon is a very abundant genomic event in metazoa. It has also medical implications, particularly in cancer. Our main approaches are based on NGS (genomics and nascent transcriptomics), combined with molecular biology, biochemistry and proteomics. The lab’s experimental workhorse are mammalian cell culture models of cancer and neuronal differentiation. We use both experimental and computational approaches.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
The role of transcription termination – premature and full-length – in the regulation of human gene expression, using genomic technologies.
gene regulation, transcription, chromatin, RNA processing
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Kamieniarz-Gdula K, Gdula MR, Panser K, Nojima T, Monks J, Wiśniewski JR, Riepsaame J, Brockdorff N, Pauli A & Proudfoot NJ „Selective Roles of Vertebrate PCF11 in Premature and Full-Length Transcript Termination.”, Molecular Cell 74, 2019, 158-172
2. Volanakis A, Kamieniarz-Gdula K, Schlackow M & Proudfoot NJ „WNK1 kinase and the termination factor PCF11 connect nuclear mRNA export with transcription”, Genes and Development 31, 2017, 2175-218
3. Skourti-Stathaki K, Kamieniarz-Gdula K, & Proudfoot NJ. „R-loops induce repressive chromatin marks over mammalian gene terminators” Nature 516, 2014, 436-9
4. Kamieniarz K, Izzo A, Dundr M, Tropberger P, Ozretic L, Kirfel J, Scheer E, Tropel P, Wisniewski JR, Tora L, Viville S, Buettner R & Schneider R „ A dual role of linker histone H1.4 Lys 34 acetylation in transcriptional activation”, Genes and Development, 26, 2012, 797-802
5. Izzo A, Kamieniarz-Gdula K, Ramírez F, Noureen N, Kind J, Manke T, van Steensel B, & Schneider R. “The genomic landscape of the somatic linker histone subtypes H1.1 to H1.5 in human cells” Cell Reports 3, 2013, 2142-54

Hanna Kmita

Discipline Biology; molecular biology; bioenergetics; electrophysiology
ORCID ID 0000-0001-5018-5224
Overview (research interests) I am Professor in Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. My research focuses on: mitochondria contribution to cytoprotection and cytotoxicity; anhydrobiosis as cytoprotective and antiaging strategy; VDAC channel role in cellular stress and adaptation to environmental conditions.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
At present 5 undergoing PhD project:
1. Mitochondrial markers of effective anhydrobiosis using metabolomic approach.
2. Anhydrobiosis as an anti-aging strategy: testing of the Sleeping Beauty and Picture of Dorian Gray models with tardigrades.
3. Human VDAC paralogues contribution to protection against oxidative stress triggered by the absence of intracellular dismutases.
4. YVDAC2 protein as a survival tool for Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells undergoing environmental stress.
5. Tardigrade ability to metabolize potassium cyanide (co-supervisor).
Research projects overview 1991-1994 Bioenergetic consequences of the absence of porin in yeast mutants: new porin (4 0976 91 0 KBN), investigator
1999-2001 The Tom complex as an emergency pathway of metabolite transport across the outer mitochondrial membrane (6 P04A 022 16 KBN), principal investigator
2006-2009 The role of ROS in mitochondria-nucleus communication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells (2 P04C 008 30, MNiSW), principal investigator
2009 – 2011 Regulation of expression levels of proteins imported into mitochondria: the role of the cytosol redox state (N N301 309837, MNiSW), principal investigator
2009 – 2012 Characteristic of protein import complexes of the mitochondrial outer membrane of model eukaryotic microorganisms by phylogenetic analysis (N N303 143937, MNiSW), investigator
2011 – 2015 VDAC channel as a target of huntingtin in the etiology of Huntington’s disease (2011/01/B/NZ3/00359, NCN), principal investigator
2011- 2014 Environmental impacts on the level of expression and diversity of isoforms of aquaporins in the selected representatives of the mollusks (2011/01/B/NZ4/00630, NCN), investigator 2013-2014 Interaction between VDAC channel and minocycline: experimental verification of minocycline binding by VDAC channel (2012/05/N/NZ1/00001, NCN), supervisor
2013-2016 Analysis of the expression profile of the TOB/SAM complex in life cycle of the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, a model organism in studies of intercellular interactions (2012/05/N/NZ3/00293, NCN), supervisor
2014-2016 Molecular determinant of Nucleotide Transport through the mitochondrial VDAC Channel Scientific cooperation between PAN (Poland) and F.R.S.-FNRS (the Wallonia-Brussels Federation of Belgium), Polish coordinator
2014-2017 Kinetin riboside and its derivatives – analysis of apoptotic properties and mechanism of action in brain tumor cells (2014/13/B/NZ7/02291, NCN), investigator
2017-2022 Mitochondrial markers of successful anhydrobiosis for representatives of aquatic and terrestrial tardigrades (2016/21/B/NZ4/00131), supervisor
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Galganska H, Karachitos A, Wojtkowska M, Stobienia O, Budzinska M, Kmita H.(2010) Communication between mitochondria and nucleus: putative role for VDAC in reduction/oxidation mechanism. Biochim Biophys Acta 1797:1276-80. doi:10.1016/j.bbabio.2010.02.004
2. Wojtkowska M, Jąkalski M, Pieńkowska JR, Stobienia O, Karachitos A, Przytycka TM, Weiner J 3rd, Kmita H, Makałowski W. (2012) Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial outer membrane β-barrel channels. Genome Biol Evol. 2012:110-25. doi:10.1093/gbe/evr130
3. Karachitos A, Grobys D, Antoniewicz M, Jedut S, Jordan J, Kmita H. (2016) Human VDAC isoforms differ in their capability to interact with minocycline and to contribute to its cytoprotective activity. Mitochondrion 28:38-48. doi:10.1016/j.mito.2016.03.004
4. Guardiani C, Magrì A, Karachitos A, Di Rosa MC, Reina S, Bodrenko I, Messina A, Kmita H, Ceccarelli M, De Pinto V. (2018) yVDAC2, the second mitochondrial porin isoform of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Biochim Biophys Acta Bioenerg. 1859:270-279. doi:10.1016/j.bbabio.2018.01.008
5. Wojciechowska D, Karachitos A, Roszkowska M, Rzeźniczak W, Sobkowiak R, Kaczmarek Ł, Kosicki JZ, Kmita H. (2021) Mitochondrial alternative oxidase contributes to successful tardigrade anhydrobiosis. Front Zool. 18:15. doi:10.1186/s12983-021-00400-5

Leszek Kolendowicz

Discipline Climatology and meteorology
ORCID ID 0000-0003-0197-4563
Overview (research interests) Prof. dr hab. Leszek Kolendowicz, climatologist. Author of an over 100 academic publications. Research issues are regarding the influence of the atmospheric circulation on chosen elements of the climate as well as extreme phenomena. He is also carrying out topoclimatic research among others on Spitsbergen and urban climate research.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
The topics of doctoral dissertations in the field of meteorology and climatology are agreed by the candidates together with the supervisor. The topics of the dissertations may concern: – issues related to the urban climate, – the impact of atmospheric circulation on selected elements of the climate, – the influence of atmospheric circulation on the occurrence of extreme meteorological phenomena, – analyzes of long time series of selected climate elements, and others agreed with the promoter.
Research projects overview 2009 – 2011 contractor of the National Science Center research project (No. N N304 021237) The role of meteorological conditions in shaping the form and chemical composition of hydrometeors (rain, snow, dew and frost) in areas varied in terms of anthropogenic pressure
2011-2015 – co-contractor of the project „AMU: Unique Graduate = Opportunities. Increasing the teaching potential of the University of A. Mickiewicz through pro-innovative education in English, interdisciplinarity, e-learning, investment in human resources „. Project no. POKL. 04.01-00-019 / 10. The project is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.
Co-promoter (together with Prof. Bogdan Jackowiak – Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University) of the doctoral dissertation: Flowering phenology of selected allergenic plant species in different microclimatic conditions of a big city: a study on the example of Poznań
Co-promoter (together with Prof. Jerzy Błoszyk – Faculty of Biology, AMU) of the doctoral dissertation entitled: The influence of microclimatic conditions on the dynamics of the meta population of the grape snail (Helix pomatia L.)
2015-2018 – contractor of the NCN research project no. 2014/15 / B / ST10 / 04455, Fri: Wind field of the Svalbard archipelago in the light of the projection of climate change with the use of dynamic downscaling. Project in consortium with the University of Wrocław
2016-2019 (extended until 2020) – contractor responsible for AMU in the research project of the National Science Center No. 2015/19 / B / ST10 / 02158 Analysis of the possibility of estimating the type of precipitation on the basis of radar, satellite and numerical model data. Project in consortium with IMGW PIB. Project extended by 1 year
2017-2019 (extended until 2021) – head of the NCN research project No. UMO-2016/21 / B / ST10 / 01864 The impact of biometeorological conditions on the perception of the landscape and the objectification of its assessment.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Taszarek M., Allen J., Púčik T., Groenemeijer P., Czernecki B., Kolendowicz L., Lagouvardos K., Kotroni V., Schulz W., 2019. A climatology of thunderstorms across Europe from a synthesis of multiple data sources. Journal of Climate, 32(6), 1813-1837,
2. Kolendowicz L., Czernecki B., Półrolniczak M., Taszarek M., Tomczyk A.M., Szyga-Pluga K., 2019. Homogenization of air temperature and its long-term trends in Poznań (Poland) for the period 1848–2016. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 136 (3-4), 1357-1370
3. Majkowska A., Kolendowicz L., Półrolniczak1 M., Hauke J., Czernecki B., 2017. The urban heat island in the city of Poznań as derived from Landsat 5 TM. Theor Appl Climatol, Volume: 128 Issue: 3-4, 769-783 DOI 10.1007/s00704-016-1737-6
4. Półrolniczak M., Kolendowicz L., Majkowska A., Czernecki B., 2017: The influence of atmospheric circulation on the intensity of urban heat island and urban cold island in Poznań, Poland. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Theor Appl Climatol Volume: 127 Issue: 3-4, 611-625 DOI:10.1007/s00704-015-1654-0
5. Kolendowicz L., Taszarek M., Czernecki B., 2017:Atmospheric circulation and sounding-derived parameters associated with thunderstorm occurrence in Central Europe. Atmospheric Research 191 (2017) 101–114

Magdalena Krzesłowska

Discipline Biological sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0001-8320-8904
Overview (research interests) Plant cell biology and plant responses to environmental abiotic stresses – mainly toxic trace elements ( e.g. heavy metals and metalloids), phytoremediation
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Plant cell responses to toxic elements – defence strategies and detrimental, harmful effects. Alterations of plant organs architecture at different levels of organization exposed to toxic elements in prospect of using selected plant species for phytoremediation of contaminated soils.
Research projects overview 2011-2016 Grant of Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education in Poland number: NN303801940: Cell wall remodeling in response to lead and the causes of their formation
Grant of Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education in Poland number N N303 806640 Leak reaction of chloroplasts under the influence of lead ions on the example of Lemna trisulca L
2015-2019 Grant of National Science Centre of Poland; Grant Opus 2014/15/B/NZ9/02172. Phytoremediation potential of native tree and shrub species growing on extremely contaminated with trace metals and metalloids post-flotation sediments
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Krzesłowska M, Timmers ACJ, Mleczek M, Niedzielski P, Rabęda I, Woźny A, Goliński P. 2019. Alterations of root architecture and cell wall modifications in Tilia cordata Miller (Linden) growing on mining sludge. Environmental Pollution 248, 247-259.
2. Krzesłowska M, Rabęda I, Basińka A, Lewandowski M, Mellerowicz EJ, Napieralska A, Samardakiewicz S, Woźny A. 2016. Pectinous cell wall thickenings formation – a common defense strategy of plants to cope with Pb. Environmental Pollution 214, 354-361.
3. Rabęda I, Bilski H, Mellerowicz EJ, Napieralska A, Suski S, Woźny A, Krzesłowska M. 2015. Colocalization of low-methylesterified pectins and Pb deposits in the apoplast of aspen roots exposed to lead. Environmental Pollution 205, 315-326.
4. Krzesłowska M. 2011. The cell wall in plant cell response to trace metals: polysaccharide remodeling and its role in defense strategy. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 33: 35-51.
5. Krzesłowska M, Lenartowska M., Mellerowicz EJ, Samardakiewicz S, Woźny A. 2009. Pectinous cell wall thickenings formation – a response of moss protonemata cells to lead. Environ. Exp. Bot. 65, 119–131.

Mariusz Lamentowicz

Discipline Earth Sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0003-0429-1530
Overview (research interests) His research interests are focused on ecology and long-term ecology of wetlands with a special focus on ​climate change. His is applying the experimental and palaeoecological approaches to better understand the present and past global change. Current projects synthesise historical geography and archaeology with palaeoecological perspectives.
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Prof. dr hab. Mariusz Lamentowicz is the head of the Climate Change Ecology Research Unit studying past environmental changes and present global change processes. He used to work on the material from wetlands of the different parts of the World – Siberia, Central America, Amazonia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, China, Japan as well as recently Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Prof. Lamentowicz is a leading expert in peatland palaeoecology and testate amoebae (Protista) – single-celled organisms. He is an expert in testate amoebae (Protista) – single-celled organisms, which have complicated systematics, and thus it is extremely important to collaborate with scientists involved in the morphology and taxonomy of amoebae, as well as molecular biology. His important achievement is an initiation of multi-disciplinary research on the impact of climate change on peatlands by the integration of monitoring, experiment and paleoecology. Such a simultaneous combination of research on peatlands did not exist previously in CE Europe and it is very rare in the world. Interdisciplinary research was possible due to the establishment of the international research team and then his team at AMU – Climate Change Ecology Research Unit.
Research projects overview – plus link to personal website/dept website etc Projects: 15 ongoing, over 30 completed

Principal investigator of more important projects:
PSPB-013/2010 CLIMPEAT Polish-Swiss Research Programme Link Influence of global warming and drought on carbon sequestration and biodiversity of Sphagnum peatlands – present, past and future perspectives
2013-2017 WETMAN – Central European Wetland Ecosystem Feedbacks to Changing Climate – Field Scale Manipulation. Principal Investigator: Radosław Juszczak. Funded by Polish-Norwegian Research Program.
NCN OPUS 9 – The problem of synchronicity of droughts and fires along the continental gradient in northern Poland over the last 4000 years: high-resolution, multi-proxy studies of peatlands.” (2015/17/B/ST10/01656)
Publications list ( 5 the most important) plus google scholar – link 1. Lamentowicz, M., Gałka, M., Marcisz, K., Słowiński, M., Kajukało-Drygalska, K., Dayras, M.D., Jassey, V.E.J., 2019. Unveiling tipping points in long-term ecological records from Sphagnum-dominated peatlands. Biology Letters. 15, (4) 20190043.
2. Gallego-Sala, A.V., Charman, D.J., …, Lamentowicz, M., …, Zhao, Y., 2018. Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change. 8, (10) 907–913.
3. Lamentowicz, M., Słowiński, M., Marcisz, K., Zielińska, M., Kaliszan, K., Lapshina, E., Gilbert, D., Buttler, A., Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, B., Jassey, V.E.J., Laggoun-Défarge, F., Kołaczek, P., 2015. Hydrological dynamics and fire history of the last 1300 years in western Siberia reconstructed from a high-resolution, ombrotrophic peat archive. Quaternary Research 84, 312-325.
4. Lamentowicz M., Gałka M., Lamentowicz Ł., Obremska M., Kuehl N., Luecke A., Jassey V.E. 2015. Reconstructing climate change and ombrotrophic bog development during the last 4000 years in northern Poland using biotic proxies, stable isotopes and trait-based approach. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 418, 261–277.
5. Lamentowicz M., Bragazza L., Buttler A, Jassey V, Mitchell EAD. 2013. Seasonal patterns of testate amoeba diversity, community structure and species-environment relationships in four Sphagnum-dominated peatlands along a 1300 m elevation gradient in Switzerland – functional implications for C cycling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 67, 1-11.

Lechosław Kuczyński

Discipline Ecology
ORCID ID 0000-0003-3498-5445
Overview (research interests) Mechanisms of habitat selection in animals niche and species distribution modelling monitoring of wildlife populations wildlife conservation statistics and machine learning in ecology
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Biotic interactions Niche modelling Statistical ecology Population dynamics
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Reif J., Reifová R., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2018. Competition-driven niche segregation on a landscape scale: Evidence for escaping from syntopy towards allotopy in two coexisting sibling passerine species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87: 774–789, 2. Laska A., Rector B. G., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2019. Can your behaviour blow you away? Contextual and phenotypic precursors to passive aerial dispersal in phytophagous mites. Animal Behaviour, 155: 141-151,
3. Szymkowiak J., Thomson R.L., Kuczyński L. 2017. Interspecific social information use in habitat selection decisions among migrant songbirds. Behavioral Ecology, 28: 767-775, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx029
4. Szymkowiak J., Thomson R.L., Kuczyński L. 2016. Wood warblers copy settlement decisions of poor quality conspecifics: support for the tradeoff between the benefit of social information use and competition avoidance. Oikos, 125: 1561-1569, DOI: 10.1111/oik.03052
5. Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2015. Avoiding predators in a fluctuating environment: responses of the wood warbler to pulsed resources. Behavioral Ecology, 26: 601-608, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru237

Karolina Lewińska

Discipline Earth and related environmental sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0002-9630-4855
Overview (research interests) Heavy metals and metalloids in soils, their speciation, mobility and phytoavailability; land reclamation; the use of remote sensing for the quantitative assessment of soil nutrient status and soil contamination
Supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Topics will be determined after individual interview. Proposed topics eg. Effect of different amendments on heavy metals/metalloids leaching form contaminated soils. Mobilization of As and Sb under waterlogged conditions and their effect on microbial activity.
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Lewińska K., Karczewska A., Siepak M., Szopka K., Gałka B., Iqbal M., (2019). Effects of waterlogging on the solubility of antimony and arsenic in variously treated shooting range soils. Applied Geochemistry 105:7-16
2. Lewińska K., Karczewska A., (2019). A releae of toxic elements from military shooting range soils as affected by pH and treatment with compost. Geoderma 346: 1-10,
3. Lewińska K., Karczewska A., (2019). Antimony in soils of SW Poland – an overview of potentially enriched sites. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 191: 70-88,
4. Lewińska K., Karczewska A., Siepak M., Gałka B. (2018) The release of antimony from soils developed on historical mine dumps in the presence and absence of forest litter. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(2631):1-16,
5. Lewińska K., Karczewska A., Siepak M., Gałka B., (2018) Potential of Fe-Mn wastes produced by a water treatment plant for arsenic immobilization in contaminated soils. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 184: 226-231

Grażyna Liczbińska

Discipline Biology; Human biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-0922-4612
Overview (research interests) The impact of environmental stresses on social, biological and demographic status of historical populations
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) The impact of parental death on the timing of first marriage.
Long-term social and biological costs of adverse conditions occurring in early life.
Research projects overview Responses of perinatal outcomes to WWII: mismatch and natural selection (PPN/WYM/2019/1/00095)
The impact of natural disasters and economic crises on Secondary Sex Ratio in 19th-century populations (V4-52010796)
The impact of WWII on pregnancy and perinatal outcome (PPN/WYM/2018/1/00099)
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Sekajová Z., Liczbińska G., Králík M., Čuta M.,Ingrová P. 2021.Within-family intergenerational trends in age at menarche relative to political changes in Czechoslovakia after World War II. Am J Hum Biol
2. Liczbińska G., Králík M. 2020. Body size at birth in babies born during WWII. The evidence from Poland. Am J Hum Biol 32(6): e23421.
3. Liczbińska G., Czapla Z., Piontek J. Malina R. M. 2018. Age at menarche in Polish University students born before, during and after World War II: economic effects. Econ Hum Biol 28: 23–28.
4. Liczbińska G., Syska E., Koziarska-Kasperczyk R., Kledzik A. 2018. Marital Fertility and the Family in Poland from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century. J Interdiscip History XLIX (2): 279–303.
5. Liczbińska G., Czapla Z., Piontek J. Malina R. M. 2017. Body size of young adult Polish college-age women born before, during and after WWII. Am J Hum Biol 29 (6);e23040.

Łukasz Kaczmarek

Discipline Biology; Zoology; Taxonomy; Physiology, Ecology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-5260-6253
Overview (research interests) I am a lecturer at the Faculty of Biology (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). Me and my team researches focusses on different aspects of taxonomy, diversity, ecology and physiology of Tardigrada. I’m also on astrobiology with special emphasis of the survivability of tardigrades in extreme environments.
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Supervisor profile
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1. Assessment of intraspecific morphological variability of an egg chorion of the genus Macrobiotus Schultze, 1834 (Tardigrada, Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae) using light and scanning microscopy.
2. Tardigrades of the Polish National Parks and Reserves.
3. Seasonal changes in the number of tardigrades (Tardigrada) inhabiting mosses and lichens.
4. Terrestrial tardigrades in the polar regions (Svalbard Archipelago and Continental Antarctica).
5. Terrestrial tardigrades of tropical regions on the example of Ecuador.
6. Fauna of South American tardigrades (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru).
7. Vertical distribution of terrestrial tardigrades inhabiting mosses and lichens growing on trees.
8. Seasonal variability in populations of terrestrial and freshwater tardigrades.
9. Ecology of tardigrades inhabiting periodic reservoirs.
10. Large urban agglomerations as biodiversity islands i.e. bidiversity „hot spots”.
11. Assessment of intraspecific morphological and genetic variability in different tardigrade genera.
12. Mechanisms of effective anhydrobiosis in tardigrades.
13. Influence of toxic substances on the biology of tardigrades.
14. Integrative taxonomy in research on bi-diversity of tardigrades.
15. Tardigrada and their role for astrobiology and in space sciences.
16. Anhydrobiosis as an anti-aging strategy in tardigrades: testing the „Sleeping Beauty” hypothesis
Research projects overview Projects from last 10 years:
2010-2011. MNiSW grant Iuventus (no. IP2010 015570): Invertebrate biodiversity in periodic waters of Costa Rica, and the hypothesis of the „Great American Biotic Interchange (grant manager).
2010-2012. Project RIS # 3762. Studies of Arctic fungi and bacteria as indicator for nutrient and hydrocarbons contamination.
2010-2013. MNiSW grant (no. N N304 014939): The role of habitat factors in shaping biodiversity of water bears (Tardigrada) Continental Antarctic soil (Victoria Land, Ross Sea region) (grant manager). 2011. EU SYNTHESYS grant (no. HU-TAF-2261): Revision and redescription of selected Eutardigrada type specimens of the Iharos collection (researcher).
2010-2018. Project RIS # 5326. Diversity and distribution patterns of microfauna in terrestrial habitats of the Svalbard Archipelago (researcher).
2012-2016. MNiSW Diamond Grant (for the 100 best student from Poland): Diversity and ecology water bears (Tardigrada) in the Arctic in context of climate change and the theory of island biogeography. (grant manager: Krzysztof Zawierucha) (tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek).
2013-2019. MNiSW Diamond Grant (for the 100 best student from Poland): Studies on the resistance of small anhydrobiotic invertebrates (water bears) to the lack of the geomagnetic field, and the potential survival of terrestrial organisms beyond the Earth. (grant manager: Weronika Erdmann) (tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek).
2014-2015. “Prometeo” project on the University Estatal Amazonica and Centro de Investigación, Posgrado y Conservación Amazónica of Universidad Estatal Amazonica (CIPCA-UEA) w Puyo (Ecuador): Comparison of the soil/leaf litter micro-invertebrates biodiversity between the different types of artificial (farmland and cities) and natural ecosystems (grant manager).
2014-2018. NCN grant Preludium (2013/11/N/NZ8/00597): Cryoconite holes – a unique habitats for tardigrades. How tundra ecosystems influence on the water bears associations in the cryoconite holes. (grant manager: Krzysztof Zawierucha) (tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek).
2014-2016. MNiSW grant Iuventus (no. IP2014 017973): DNA barcoding as a tool for the identification of species in the harmsworthi group (grant manager).
2015. Grant coordinated by NTNU Univeristy Museum: Capacity building and DNA barcoding of Norwegian Tardigrada (researcher).
2016-2021. Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (no. 70184237): Tardigrades in Norwegian forests (Polish grant manager).
2016-present. NCN grant OPUS (2016/21/B/NZ4/00131): Mitochondrial markers of effective anhydrobiosis in aquatic and terrestrial tardigrades (grant manager: Hanna Kmita) (researcher).
2020-present. MNiSW Diamond Grant (for the 100 best student from Poland): Are „the toughest organisms” on Earth immune to effects of cyanide? Studying the ability of tardigrades (Tardigrada) to metabolize potassium cyanide (grant manager: Tomasz Bartylak) (tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek).
2021-present. Student Grant (IDUB): Tardigrades of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and how to identify tardigrades using barcoding (grant managers: Paulina Wilanowska i Karolina Wleklik) (tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek).
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Erdmann, W., Idzikowski, B., Kowalski, W., Kosicki, J.Z. & Kaczmarek Ł. (2021) Tolerance of two anhydrobiotic tardigrades Echiniscus testudo and Milnesium inceptum to hypomagnetic conditions. PeerJ, 9: e10630.
2. Wojciechowska, D., Karachitos, A., Roszkowska, M., Rzeźniczak, W., Sobkowiak, R., Kaczmarek, Ł., Kosicki, J.Z. & Kmita, H. (2021) Mitochondrial alternative oxidase contributes to successful tardigrade anhydrobiosis. Frontiers in Zoology, 18: 15.
3. Kaczmarek, Ł., Roszkowska, M., Poprawa, I., Janelt, K., Kmita, H., Gawlak, M., Fiałkowska, E. & Mioduchowska, M. (2020) Integrative description of bisexual Paramacrobiotus experimentalis sp. nov. (Macrobiotidae) from republic of Madagascar (Africa) with microbiome analysis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 145: 106730.
4. Kaczmarek, Ł., Roszkowska, M., Fontaneto, D., Jezierska, M., Pietrzak, B., Wieczorek, R., Poprawa, I., Kosicki, J.Z., Karachitos, A. & Kmita, H. (2019) Staying young and fit? Ontogenetic and phylogenetic consequences of animal anhydrobiosis. Journal of Zoology, 309(1): 1-11.
5. Kaczmarek, Ł., Gołdyn, B., McInnes, S.J. & Michalczyk, Ł. (2016) Diversity of limno-terrestrial tardigrades of the Americas in relation to the Great American Biotic Interchange hypothesis (GABI). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(4): 737-746.

Mariusz Pełechaty

Discipline Biology; Aquatic ecology; Limnology/hydrobiology; Aquatic botany
ORCID ID 0000-0002-4075-6561
Overview (research interests) My research topics are related to hydrobiology, lake ecology and biomonitoring. I work on aquatic vegetation and my primary study subjects are charophytes (stoneworts) – evolutionarily old macroscopic algae from the family Characeae. So far I have supervised three completed PhDs; two further are currently being finalised.
Ssupervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) I am interested in supervising PhD students in the field of aquatic ecology, hydrobiology and hydrobotany, particularly in: Interspecific relationships within a charophyte community Impact of climate warming on aquatic plants
Research projects overview 2017 – 2022 Grant NCN, OPUS 12 no. 2016/23/B/NZ8/00635 The role of aquatic vegetation in the carbon accumulation and deposition in bottom sediment: a comparative analysis of charophyte and vascular vegetation (position: principal investigator)
2018 – 2020 Grant NCBiR POWR.03.01.00-00-U069/17 Adventure with nature – Wielkopolska National Park as a research laboratory for the Young Explorer (position: principal investigator)

Further projects:
Publications list (5 the most important) 1. Pełechaty M., Pukacz A., Apolinarska K., Pełechata A., Siepak M. 2013. The significance of Chara vegetation in the precipitation of lacustrine calcium carbonate. Sedimentology 60: 1017–1035
2. Pełechaty M., Ossowska J., Pukacz A., Apolinarska K., Siepak M. 2015. Site-dependent species composition, structure and environmental conditions of Chara tomentosa L. meadows, western Poland. Aquatic Botany 120: 92-100
3. Pełechata A., Pełechaty M., Pukacz A. 2016. Factors influencing cyanobacteria community structure in Chara-lakes. Ecological Indicators 71: 477–490
4. Budzyńska A., Rosińska J., Pełechata A., Toporowska M., Napiórkowska-Krzebietke A., Kozak A., Messyasz B., Pęczuła W., Kokociński M., Szeląg-Wasielewska E., Grabowska M., Mądrecka B., Niedźwiecki M., Alcaraz Parraga P., Pełechaty M., Karpowicz M., Pawlik-Skowrońska B. 2019. Environmental factors driving the occurrence of the invasive cyanobacterium Sphaerospermopsis aphanizomenoides (Nostocales) in temperate lakes. Science of the Total Environment 650 (2019) 1338–1347
5. Mantzouki, E., Lürling, M., Fastner, J., de Senerpont Domis, L., Wilk-Woźniak, E., Koreivienė, J., Seelen, L., Teurlincx, S., Verstijnen, Y., Krztoń, W., Walusiak, E., Karosienė, J., Kasperovičienė, J., Savadova, K., Vitonytė, I., Cillero-Castro, C., Budzyńska, A., Goldyn, R., Kozak, A., Rosińska, J., Szeląg-Wasielewska, E., Domek, P., Jakubowska-Krepska, N., Kwasizur, K., Messyasz, B., Pełechata, A., Pełechaty, M. et al. 2018. Temperature Effects Explain Continental Scale Distribution of Cyanobacterial Toxins. Toxins 10: 156.

Maciej Major

Discipline Nauki o Ziemi i środowisku
ORCID ID 0000-0002-5424-919X
Overview (research interests) Funkcjonowanie zagłębień bezodpływowych na terenach młodoglacjalnych ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem zagadnień związanych z obiegiem wody w zlewniach.
Wybrane aspekty metodologiczne i metodyczne badań zagłębień bezodpływowych.
Wpływ procesów o charakterze ponadprzeciętnym i ekstremalnym na funkcjonowanie i zanik oczek.
Ochrona środowiska i monitoring środowiska przyrodniczego.Uwarunkowania środowiskowe zalegania pokrywy śnieżnej i jej wytapiania.
profile (offer for
PhD candidates)
1. Własne propozycje doktorantów z zakresu monitoringu, geoekologii oraz uwarunkowań, stanu i przemian środowiska geograficznego różnych regionów Polski (z wykorzystaniem narzędzi GIS).
2. Funkcjonowanie geoekosystemów jezior i zagłębień bezodpływowych na Pomorzu Zachodnim (dorzecze Parsęty).
3. Funkcjonowanie geoekosystemów jezior i zagłębień bezodpływowych na Pojezierzu Wielkopolskim.
4. Migracje zanieczyszczeń w wodach powierzchniowych i podziemnych na terenie zlewni Różanego Strumienia w Poznaniu.
5. Wpływ presji antropogenicznej na układ sieci hydrologicznej aglomeracji poznańskiej (analizy z wykorzystaniem map archiwalnych).
6. Wpływ czynników naturalnych na układ sieci hydrologicznej aglomeracji poznańskiej (analizy z wykorzystaniem map archiwalnych).
7. Obieg materii w geoekosystemie leśnym na obszarze zurbanizowanej zlewni Różanego Strumienia w Poznaniu.
8. Wpływ uwarunkowań środowiska przyrodniczego na obieg materii w układzie pionowym atmosfera – wody powierzchniowe – profil glebowy – wody podziemne w zlewni Różanego Strumienia w Poznaniu.
9. Modelowanie i prognozowanie zmian zanieczyszczeń powietrza na terenie Poznania.
10. Zjawiska ekstremalne w zlewni Różanego Strumienia w Poznaniu.
11. Modelowanie zmian bilansu wodnego i biogeochemicznego w zlewni Różanego Strumienia w Poznaniu.
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most
1. Major, M., 2010: Możliwości zastosowania teorii funkcjonowania geoekosystemu do badań obszarów bezodpływowych. Przegląd Geograficzny, 82, 1, Warszawa: 103-113.
2. Major, M., 2012: Funkcjonowanie zagłębień bezodpływowych w zróżnicowanych warunkach morfolitologicznych (dorzecze Parsęty, Pomorze Zachodnie). Studia i Prace z Geografii i Geologii 27, Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe.
3. Major M., 2015: Geographical individuality of basins without outlets in a post-glacial area (The Parsęta catchment, West Pomeranian Province). Prace Geograficzne, 143: 21-31.
4. Major M., Cieśliński R. 2017: Impact of hydrometeorological conditions on the chemical composition of water in closed-basin kettle ponds: A compa­rative study of two postglacial areas. Journal of Elementology, 22(1): 151-167. DOI:10.5601/ jelem.2016.21.1.1009
5. Major M., Chudzińska M., Majewski M., Zięba M., 2019: Characteristics of the dissolved matter balance in the Różany Strumień catchment in Poznań, Poland, in the hydrological year 2017. 70 years Macedonian Geographical Society, New trends in Geography, Physical Geography, Ohrid: 65-75. UDC:628.113(282):551.578.1]:543.3(475).

Małgorzata Mazurek

Discipline Geography; Geomorphology; Fluvial geomorphology; Hydrogeomorphology; Environmental monitoring and geoecology; Geodiversity; Geoinformation
ORCID ID 0000-0002-9139-2462
Overview (research interests) • chemical denudation in various morphoclimatic zones, primarily in the temperate, tropical and polar zones,
• Late-Glacial and Holocene environmental changes in the light of the geochemistry of sediments of the alkaline spring-fed fens and small river valleys,
• evolution of the valley and river network in proglacial and young glacial areas,
• connectivity between slope and channel subsystems,
• geodiversity of groundwater outflows in young glacial areas,
• urban gemorphology and ecosystem services.

Research area: young glacial areas in Central Europe (Central and Western Pomerania and Greater Poland), but I am also involved in projects in polar region

Academic and research career
2012-2016, Vice-Director of the Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań,
2017- up today, Member of Steering Committee of the IAG/AIG Working Group on Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones DENUCHANGE,
2010- up today, Commission of Earth Sciences (formerly Commission on Quaternary Research), Polish Academy of Sciences, Branch in Poznan,
1999, Polish Geographical Society: 2020 – up today Vice-president,
2017 -2020 Chairman of Poznan Division, Polish Geographical Society, ,
1997, Faculty III – Mathematics and Natural Sciences, The Poznań Society for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences,
2018 -2021 Vice-Chairman,
2021 – up today Chairman,
1991, Association of Polish Geomorphologists,
1998-2008 Treasurer, 2017 till now President,
2019, Member of The Committee on Geographical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) Role of groundwater in the functioning of the natural environment of postglacial areas, and in particular the directions of river network development, connectivity between slope and channel subsystems in young glacial zone, modelling fluvial processes and alluvial landforms on floodplain of meandering river, the role of a floodplain in carbon sequestration, urban geomorphology and geodiversity
Research projects overview 2013-2023 International project co-financed from abroad (16-30.08.2016 Ny -Alesund (Spitsbergen, Norway), Late-glacial and present landscape evolution following deglaciation in a climate sensitive High Arctic region (No. 257668/E10) financed by The Research Council of Norway, participant Digital Geomorphological Maps
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Dobrowolski R., Bałaga K., Buczek A., Alexandrowicz W.P., Mazurek M., Hałas S., PiotrowskaN., 2016: Multi-proxy evidence of Holocene climate variability in Volhynia Upland (SE Poland) recorded in spring-fed fen deposits from the Komarów site. The Holocene, 26(9) 1406–1425, doi:10.1177/0959683616640038.
2. Zwoliński Zb., Hildebrandt-Radke I., Mazurek M., Makohonienko M., 2018: Anthropogeomorphological Metamorphosis of an Urban Area in the Postglacial Landscape: A Case Study of Poznań City. In: Urban Geomorphology. Landforms and Processes in Cities, Eds. M. J. Thornbush, C. D. Allen, Elsevier, 55-77,
3. Drzymulska D., Osadowski Z., Dobrowolski R., Mazurek M., 2019. Current state and vegetation history of spring-fed fens in Western Pomerania (Northern Poland) – a case study of the Chociel River valley”, Wetlands ecology and management 27,1: 23-38. DOI:10.1007/s11273-018-9640-9
4. Dobrowolski R., Mazurek M., Osadowski Z., Alexandrowicz W. P., Pidek I. A., Pazdur A., Piotrowska N., Drzymulska D., Urban D., 2019. Holocene environmental changes in northern Poland recorded in alkaline spring-fed fen deposits. A multi-proxy approach, Quaternary Science Reviews 219: 236-262.
5. Mazurek M., Kruszyk, R., Szpikowska, G., 2020. Source-to-mainstream: Hydrochemical water changes in a channel head in the young glacial area (Pomeranian Lakeland, Poland), doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107445

Beata Medyńska-Gulij

Discipline Earth and environmental sciences
ORCID ID & link 0000-0001-6969-4088
Overview (research interests) • topography in virtual reality,
• potential of topographic map to identify qualitative and quantitative changes in the landscape,
• multimedia cartography,
• geomedia in reconstruction of geographical space,
• geomatic process,
• graphical means of expression,
• topographical works of art, 2D-3D visualization of topographical and urban space
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) Feature identification of natural and anthropogenic topographic forms in the virtual reality system.
Potential of topographic maps to identify qualitative and quantitative changes in the landscape.
Research projects overview 2016-2018 German-Polish Foundation for Science DPWS/100328, with Ruhr-University-Bochum, Development of the cultural landscape of german and polish industrial centres (Principal Investigator of Polish Team)
2014-2018 National Science Centre Poland: NCN2013/09/B/HS2/01182, Visualisation of the topographical space in Europe on manuscript multi-sheets maps from the 18th century (Principal Investigator)
2014-2020 National Science Centre Poland: N2013/11/B/HS3/03905 Preindustrial space of Greater Poland in the 19th Century (Co-Investigator)
2009-2011 National Science Centre Poland: NCN526/145037 Graphic Design Techniques on Maps from World Atlases 1570-1662, and Their Influence on the Creation of Cartographic Principles (Principal Investigator)
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Medyńska-Gulij B., 2021, Cartography and Geomedia (in Polish), Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa, 286, ISBN: 978-83-01-21554-5.
2. Medyńska-Gulij, B.; Zagata, K., 2020, Experts and Gamers on Immersion into Reconstructed Strongholds, ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 655, DOI:10.3390/ijgi9110655
3. Medyńska-Gulij B., Wielebski Ł., Halik Ł., Smaczyński M., 2020, Complexity Level of People Gathering Presentation on an Animated Map—Objective Effectiveness Versus Expert Opinion, ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(2), 117, DOI:10.3390/ijgi9020117
4. Medyńska-Gulij B., Żuchowski T.J., 2018, An Analysis of Drawing Techniques used on European Topographic Maps in the Eighteenth Century, The Cartographic Journal; 55(4), 309-325, DOI:10.1080/00087041.2018.1558021
5. Medyńska-Gulij B., 2013, How the Black Line, Dash and Dot Created the Rules of Cartographic Design 400 Years Ago, Cartographic Journal, The, 50/4:356-368, DOI: 10.1179/1743277413Y.0000000035.

Michał Szcześniak

Discipline Biological sciences; Bioinformatics and molecular biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-6050-9525
Overview (research interests) I am investigating the biological roles of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) – in particular, how they participate in gene expression regulation, both in the nucleus and in the cytoplasm. This involves both bioinformatics approaches, such as extensive use of data from high-throughput sequencing, and experimental approaches. Finally, I am using comparative genomics approaches to investigate evolution of lncRNAs, which is a key to decipher their functions. The projects occasionally result in develoment of specialized software and databases.
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) How molecular functions of lncRNAs are regulated in a cell? [e.g. nuclear retention versus export to cytoplasm]
Roles of lncRNAs in etiology of human diseases [e.g. modulating expression levels of oncogenes in breast cancer]
Prediction of lncRNAs cellular fate and molecular roles [e.g. development of new software based on machine learning algorithms]
Research projects overview My cirrent and past research topics include: Investigating the roles played by lncRNAs in the context of RNA:RNA interactionsFunctions played by lncRNAs in the cell nucleusEvolution of lncRNAs, in particular search for their orthologs across primatesSearch for new lncRNAs in human, in other animals, in plants Investigating microRNAs in animals and plants (specialized software and databases)
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Bryzghalov O, Makałowska I, Szcześniak MW. lncEvo: automated identification and conservation study of long noncoding RNAs. BMC Bioinformatics. 2021 Feb 9;22(1):59.
2. Wanowska E, Kubiak M, Makałowska I, Szcześniak MW. A chromatin-associated splicing isoform of OIP5-AS1 acts in cis to regulate the OIP5 oncogene. RNA Biol. 2021 Jan 20:1-12.
3. Bryzghalov O, Szcześniak MW, Makałowska I. SyntDB: defining orthologues of human long noncoding RNAs across primates. Nucleic Acids Res. 2020 Jan 8;48(D1):D238-D245.
4. Szcześniak MW, Wanowska E, Mukherjee N, Ohler U, Makałowska I. Towards a deeper annotation of human lncRNAs. Biochim Biophys Acta Gene Regul Mech. 2020 Apr;1863(4):194385.
5. Szcześniak MW, Kubiak MR, Wanowska E, Makałowska I. Comparative genomics in the search for conserved long noncoding RNAs. Essays in Biochemistry, 2021 (accepted)

Michał Rurek

Discipline Biology; Plant molecular biology
ORCID ID 0000-0001-5848-0455
Overview (research interests) I’m fascinated how plants and plant mitochondria respond to the unfavourable environmental stimuli, especially in the temperature stress and thermal recovery. Analyses of plant responses including stress-affected transcripts, proteins and metabolites are carried out with various physiological, molecular, functional and omics tools. Proteins of my interest comprise mainly glycine-rich proteins as well as various mitochondrial proteins, especially OXPHOS (oxidative phosphorylation) components and mitochondrial enzymes. Plant material covers Brassicaceae members, particularly cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)and Arabidopsis. The investigated topics allow for understanding of plant functioning in abiotic stress in the broad context.

Detailed research interests: Plant mitochondrial biogenesis under diverse abiotic stress conditions (cold, heat, drought) as well as after stress recovery;High-throughput analyses of plant transcriptome, proteome and metabolome;Plant transcriptome, proteome and metabolome under cold and heat stress, and after recovery;Physiology of respiration of the chosen plant species under stress and after recovery;Characterization of glycine-rich proteins and their participation in stress response and the biogenesis of plant mitochondria
Supervisor profile (offer for PhD candidates) Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 6, 61-614 Poznań, phone: +48 61 829 5973

Academic career:
since 2019- Professor UAM;
• 2000-2019- Assistant Professor;
• 2016- habilitation in Biology;
• 2000- D.Sc. in Biology;
• 1995- M.Sc in Biology;

Selected mobility & abroad fellowships:
• University of Bayreuth, the fellowship of Bavarian Ministry of Education, 1995-1996
• Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (IBMP-CNRS- University of L. Pasteur, Strasbourg), post-doc in 2000 (FEBS Collaborative Experimental Fellowship), 2001 (Polish-French Center of Plant Biotechnology), 2004 (Foundation for Polish Science) and 2006 (European Union 6FP, M. Curie Host Fellowship for the Transfer of Knowledge)
• Institute of Plant Genetics (Leibniz University of Hannover), the fellowship in 2006 (M. Curie Host Fellowship for the Transfer of Knowledge), the fellowship in 2010 (grant of Ministry of Science and Higher Education)

Focus interests: Plant molecular biology and physiology in abiotic stress and recovery, organellar biology, omics techniques
Publications (1994-2020): 34
Collaboration with abroad institutions: Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (Potsdam); Institute of Plant Genetics (Leibniz University of Hannover); Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (CNRS- University of L. Pasteur, Strasbourg); INRA (AgroParisTech, Versailles); Institute of Genetics (Technical University of Dresden);

Proposed topics of doctoral dissertations: Subcellular localisation of cauliflower glycine-rich proteins and its alterations in the heat stress and recovery;
Functional characterization of selected cauliflower glycine-rich proteins;
The interactome of cauliflower glycine-rich protein 2-like;
Characterization of transcription factors regulating expression of the chosen glycine-rich protein genes;
Analysis of the heat resistance by in planta overexpression of cauliflower glycine-rich proteins
Research projects overview– plus link to personal website/dept website etc GRP (glycine-rich proteins) family belongs to the one of the protein groups actively involved in response to unfavourable environmental conditions in plants. The involvement of proteins from this family in numerous physiological processes and in plant development has been also confirmed. So far, published reports suggested their active participation in plant responses to some stress conditions, however, the data related with the impact of temperature stress were insufficient. Our recent research (featured in the doctoral dissertation of Magdalena Czołpińska, defended in 2020), which employed complex transcriptome, proteome and metabolome profiling, allowed for a broaden study of participation of selected GRPs in the cauliflower plant response to cold and heat stress and recovery. The proteomic data indicate for the participation both some GRPs (e.g. GRP2, GRP4) as well as non-GRP proteins from various families in the cauliflower response to the temperature stress. Also transcriptome analyses (RNAseq, RT-qPCR) allowed for the characterization of the alterations in the level of many grp transcripts and mRNAs coding for other proteins, namely transcription factors from NAC, MYB, ERF, DREB families connected with cauliflower response to cold and heat stress. Notably, changes in the level of messengers coding for those transcription factors were finely accompanied by the increase of the expression level of genes for other proteins related with the stress response. During stress treatments, the level of selected amino acids was increased, indicating changes in the protein and in the soluble sugars metabolism. In addition, the accumulation of free radical scavengers and various osmoprotectants allowed cauliflower plants to maintain homeostasis and reduce the level of oxidative stress caused by the unfavourable temperature. We would like to continue this research by proposing of the several topics for new doctoral dissertations, which would extend the recent molecular analyses: The systematic study of subcellular localisation of investigated GRPs would be a matter of our interest. Previously obtained transcriptomic data will be at first used to predict in silico GRPs localisation. Also diverse microscopic methods (mainly confocal microscope) will be employed. Localisation of GRPs will be investigated basing on protoplast model as well as in planta protein overexpression. Later, we will put emphasis on the characterization of the mitochondrial-targeted GRPs.The function of selected GRPs in heat stress and heat recovery will be studied in Arabidopsis plants after in planta overexpression or using T-DNA insertion mutants. Some plants with knock-out mutations within grp genes will be also prepared. Molecular approaches for plant genetic modification as well as advanced phenotyping tools will be used.In our previous project, the subcellular targeting of GRP2-like protein was preliminary investigated. It appeared that cauliflower GRP2-like has probable mitochondrial localisation. This must be validated using additional approaches. It would be also advisable to check, which proteins (possibly organellar) could interact with GRP2-like. For that, both microscopic as well as in vitro methods will be used. Finally, GRP2-like interactome will be purified by tap affinity purification and interacting partners analysed by mass spectrometry.We would like to characterize in broaden way transcription factors that regulate expression of the investigated grp genes. Initially, by using in silico approaches, we will check which of the transcription factors that participated in temperature response in cauliflower may be good candidates for that. We also aim towards better understanding plant heat resistance at physiological and molecular levels that can be putatively gained by the overexpression of some GRPs (especially, GRP7). In our previous project, GRP7 appeared to be one of the best candidate for thermo-tolerance marker protein in cauliflower. We would like to knock-out expression of endogenous GRP7 in Arabidopsis and to transfer cauliflower GRP7 in order to enhance Arabidopsis thermo-tolerance. More details on those projects will be obtained by request.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Rurek M, Czołpińska M, Pawłowski TA, Staszak AM, Nowak W, Krzesiński W, Spiżewski T (2018) Cold and Heat Stress Diversely Alter Both Cauliflower Respiration and Distinct Mitochondrial Proteins Including OXPHOS Components and Matrix Enzymes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19(877), 1-34;
2. Rurek M, Czołpińska M, Pawłowski TA, Krzesiński W, Spiżewski T (2018) Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Diverse Cauliflower Cultivars Under Mild and Severe Drought. Impaired Coordination of Selected Transcript and Proteomic Responses, and Regulation of Various Multifunctional Proteins. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19(1130), 1-29;
3. Czolpinska M, Rurek M (2018) Plant Glycine-Rich Proteins in Stress Response: An Emerging, Still Prospective Story. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9(302), 1-13;
4. Rurek M, Woyda-Ploszczyca A, Jarmuszkiewicz W (2015) Biogenesis of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) mitochondria in thermal stress and recovery depends on multiple steps and depends on diverse responses in complexome, activity of respiratory chain components and mitochondrial ultrastructure. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Bioenergetics, 1847(4-5), 399-417;
5. Rurek M (2014) Plant mitochondria under a variety of temperature stress conditions. Mitochondrion, 19, 289-294

Patryk Konieczny

Discipline Biological Sciences; Molecular Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-9609-8254
Overview (research interests) Our research interests focus on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), particularly in the context of signal transduction, dystrophin and utrophin expression regulation and communication between distinct cell structures, cells and organs. Our long-term plan is to advance therapeutic interventions for DMD. In our work, we use various mouse and cell models of DMD, including muscle stem cells, myoblasts, cardiomyocytes and neurons.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Starosta A, Konieczny P. Therapeutic aspects of cell signaling and communication in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 2021; doi:10.1007/s00018-021-03821-x
2. Rugowska A, Starosta A, Konieczny P. Epigenetic modifications in muscle regeneration and progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Clinical Epigenetics 2021; 13:13. doi:10.1186/s13148-021-01001-z
3. Stepniak-Konieczna E, Konieczny P, Cywoniuk P, Dluzewska J, Sobczak K. AON-induced splice-switching and DMPK pre-mRNA degradation as potential therapeutic approaches for Myotonic Dystrophy type 1. Nucleic Acids Research 2020; 18;48(5):2531-2543. doi:10.1093/nar/gkaa007
4. Konieczny P, Stepniak-Konieczna E, Taylor K, Sznajder LJ, Sobczak K. Autoregulation of MBNL1 function by exon 1 exclusion from MBNL1 transcript. Nucleic Acids Research 2017; 45:1760–75. doi:10.1093/nar/gkw1158
5. Arnett AL, Konieczny P, Ramos JN, Hall J, Odom G, Yablonka-Reuveni Z, Chamberlain JR, Chamberlain JS. Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors do not efficiently target muscle satellite cells. Molecular Therapy Methods in Clinical Development 2014; 1, 14038. doi:10.1038/mtm.2014.38

Jan Piekarczyk

Discipline Remote Sensing
ORCID ID 0000-0002-2405-6741
Overview (research interests) Scientific interests:
The scientific work spans the fields of remote sensing, ecology, soil science and agriculture. The research is aimed at understanding the spectral properties of various surfaces and objects in the natural, agricultural and cultural landscapes. The current research activities are directed towards the development of the novel spectroscopic methods for the identification of microorganisms and insects.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
The proposed topics of doctoral dissertations relate to:
• application of remote sensing methods in environmental research, agriculture and soil science, • use of remote sensing data from the ground, airborne and satellite levels to determine the spectral characteristics of vegetated and soil surfaces, • interpretation of spectral data for the purposes of describing the properties of plant communities (species composition, biomass, condition, yield) and soils (soil organic carbon content, texture)
• determination of quantitative characteristics of soils and plants based on remote sensing data, • applications of reflectance spectroscopy in microbiology.
Research projects overview 1. Performance of research and development works in the subject „The use of remote sensing to manage the Agricultural Property Stock of the State Treasury – pilot stage”, 2019, the Contractor.
2. Project no. POIR.04.01.02-00-0110 / 17-00 financed by the National Center for Research and Development entitled „Sustainable management of agricultural crop productivity using satellite imagery, based on personalized GIS services provided in a dedicated portal (MACROSIM)”. 2017-2019, the Contractor.
3. Project no. POIR.01.01.01-00-1071/17 financed by the National Center for Research and Development entitled „Research and development works on the prototype technology of multisensory airborne diagnostic station, enabling large-scale inventory and parameterization of vegetation.” 2018-2019. Scientific coordinator of agro project tasks.
4. Project no. NN306013637 financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education entitled „Hyperspectral reflectance properties of Polish soils.” 2009-2012. Project manager.
5. Project no. P06S05029 financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education entitled „Remote sensing method of identification of fallows and abandoned fields” 2005-2008. Project manager.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Piekarczyk J., Kaźmierowski C., Królewicz S., Cierniewski J., 2016. Effects of soil surface roughness on soil reflectance measured in laboratory and outdoor conditions. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9(2):827-834. DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2450775.
2. Piekarczyk J., Ratajkiewicz H., Jasiewicz J., Sosnowska D., Wójtowicz A., 2019. An application of reflectance spectroscopy to differentiate of entomopathogenic fungi species. Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, B: Biology,
3. Kaźmierowski C., Herodowicz K., Królewicz S., Nowosad J., Piekarczyk J., 2019. Representative elementary area issue in soil spectral measurements. Soil and Tillage Research, 186:259-269.
4. Łukowiak R., Grzebisz W., Ceglarek J., Podolski A., Kaźmierowski C., Piekarczyk J., 2020. Spatial Variability of Yield and Nitrogen Indicators—A Crop Rotation Approach. Agronomy, 10(12), 1959.
5. Śledź Sz., Ewertowski M., Piekarczyk J., 2021. Applications of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveys and Structure from Motion photogrammetry in glacial and periglacial geomorphology. Geomorphology, 378: 107620 DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107620

Piotr Ziolkowski

Discipline Plant molecular genetics
ORCID ID 0000-0001-7673-6565
Overview (research interests) The major focus of my lab is the genetic and chromatin-level control of meiotic recombination in plants. Recombination in meiosis, commonly known as crossover, is responsible for shuffling of genetic information inherited from both parents. Crossovers are not evenly distributed along chromosomes, and their frequency is tightly controlled. We investigate what factors contributes to crossover positioning and frequency. This is especially important in crop breeding, where different valuable gene alleles can be assembled in one cultivar by recombining genomes of different parents. Therefore, this research will add to our understanding of plant sexual reproduction, but will also find applications in modern plant breeding and biotechnology.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Please contact me if you are interested in doing a PhD in the area of meiotic recombination in plants. Enthusiastic candidates with strong molecular biology or genetics background can make applications at any time.
Research projects overview Currently, we carry out several research projects funded by NCN, FNP and EMBO. In these projects we investigate the effect of interhomolog polymorphisms on chromosomal crossover distribution, we test how different chromatin states influence crossover frequency at the hotspot scale, and identify new modifiers of meiotic recombination by QTL and GWAS mapping.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Blackwell AR, Dluzewska J, Szymanska-Lejman M, Desjardins S, Tock AJ, Kbiri N, Lambing C, Lawrence EJ, Bieluszewski T, Rowan B, Higgins JD, Ziolkowski PA, Henderson IR (2020) MSH2 shapes the meiotic crossover landscape in relation to interhomolog polymorphism in Arabidopsis. EMBO Journal e104858.
2. Dluzewska J, Szymanska M, Ziolkowski PA (2018) Where to cross over? Defining crossover sites in plants. Front. Genet. 9:609.
3. Sura W., Kabza M., Karlowski W.M., Bieluszewski T., Kus-Slowinska M., Pawełoszek Ł., Sadowski J., Ziolkowski P.A. (2017) Dual Role of the Histone Variant H2A.Z in Transcriptional Regulation of Stress-Response Genes. Plant Cell. 29: 791-807.
4. Ziolkowski P.A., Underwood C.J., Lambing C., Martinez-Garcia M., Lawrence E.J., Ziolkowska L., Griffin C., Choi K., Franklin F.C.H, Martienssen R.A., Henderson I.R. (2017) Natural variation and dosage of the HEI10 meiotic E3 ligase control Arabidopsis crossover recombination. Genes & Development 31:306-317.
5. Ziolkowski P.A., Berchowitz L.E., Lambing C., Yelina N.E., Zhao X., Kelly K.A., Choi K., Ziolkowska L., June V., Sanchez-Moran E., Franklin C., Copenhaver G.P., Henderson I.R. (2015) Juxtaposition of heterozygous and homozygous regions causes reciprocal crossover remodelling via interference during Arabidopsis meiosis. Elife 4: e03708.

Małgorzata Pisarska-Jamroży

Discipline Earth and related environmental sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0001-5878-5662
Overview (research interests) Fields of research:
• clastic sedimentology
• Quaternary geology
• mechanisms of deposition in ice-marginal valleys
• ice-marginal sedimentary environments
• subaerial and subaqueous gravity flows processes and deposits
• periglacial processes
• soft-sediment deformation structures
• neotectonics
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Soft-sediment deformation structures caused by liquefaction phenomenon – laboratory experiment
Research projects overview • Recognition of traces left by earthquakes in Pleistocene sediments affected by glacio-isostatic rebound in the Baltic Sea Basin – GREBAL (head)
• Pleistocene fluvial and glaciofluvial deposits: lithological features and refinement of existing models (main investigator)
• Ice-marginal valley and sandur depositional systems during the last glaciation in NW Poland in the light of sedimentological investigations (head)
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Pisarska-Jamroży, M., Belzyt, S., Börner, A., Hoffmann, G., Hüneke, H., Kenzler, M., Obst, K., Rother, H. & Van Loon, A.J. (Tom), 2018. Evidence from seismites for glacio-isostatically induced crustal faulting in front of an advancing land-ice mass (Rügen Island, SW Baltic Sea). Tectonophysics 745, 338-348. 10.1016/j.tecto.2018.08.004
2. Woronko, B. & Pisarska-Jamroży, M., 2016. Micro-scale frost weathering of sand-sized quartz grains. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27, 109-122. doi: 10.1002/ppp.1855
3. Pisarska-Jamroży, M. & Zieliński, T., 2014. Pleistocene sandur rhythms, cycles and megacycles: Interpretation of depositional scenarios and palaeoenvironmental conditions. Boreas 43, 330-348. doi: 10.1111/bor.12041.
4. Pisarska-Jamroży, M. & Weckwerth, P., 2013. Soft-sediment deformation structures in a Pleistocene glaciolacustrine delta and their implications for the recognition of subenvironments in delta deposits. Sedimentology 60, 637-665. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01354.x.
5. Pisarska-Jamroży, M. & Zieliński, T., 2012. Specific erosional and depositional processes in a Pleistocene subglacial tunnel in the Wielkopolska region, Poland. Geografiska Annaler 94A, 429-443. doi: 10.1111/ j.1468-0459.2012.00466.x.

K. Dorota Raczyńska

Discipline Molecular biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-3712-3528
Overview (research interests) RNA processing including: 3’ end transcript maturation, splicing, alternative splicing, trimming of mature RNAs into smaller fragments.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
– diverse functions of U7 snRNA/U7 snRNP in the cell. PhD will be involved in the project about the role of U7 snRNA in regulation of non-coding RNA gene expression.
– the role of FUS protein in the synthesis of sdRNAs – snoRNA-derived small RNAs. PhD will try to elucidate the pathway of sdRNA biogenesis mediated by FUS and will test the effect of ALS-linked FUS mutation on this process.
Research projects overview At present, the research that we are most interested in are divided into two different areas: first, we are studying the diverse functions of U7 snRNA/U7 snRNP in the cell; second, we observed that FUS protein can be involved in the synthesis of sdRNA – snoRNA-derived small RNAs. We are going to elucidate the role of FUS in sdRNA biogenesis and further to describe the role of sdRNAs in human gene expression.At present, the research that we are most interested in are divided into two different areas: first, we are studying the diverse functions of U7 snRNA/U7 snRNP in the cell; second, we observed that FUS protein can be involved in the synthesis of sdRNA – snoRNA-derived small RNAs. We are going to elucidate the role of FUS in sdRNA biogenesis and further to describe the role of sdRNAs in human gene expression.

Interestingly, mutations in the FUS gene were identified in patients with an inherited form of neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS. ALS-linked FUS mutants are improperly localized in aggregates within the cytoplasm, where they also sequester U7 snRNP. Therefore, we are also analysing now how ALS-FUS mutants affect U7 snRNP function in glial cells and neurons of ALS patients and how they may affect sdRNA synthesis.
Publications list
(5 the most important)
1. Raczyńska et al., (2015) FUS/TLS contributes to replication-dependent histone gene expression by interaction with U7 snRNP. Nucleic Acids Research, 43(20): 9711-9728. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv794.
2. Gadgil et al., (2021) ALS-linked FUS mutants affect localization of U7 snRNP and replication-dependent histone gene expression in human cells. Submitted to Scientific Reports.
3. Brzek et al., (2018) Positive cofactor 4 (PC4) contributes to the regulation of replication-dependent canonical histone gene expression BMC Molecular Biology, 2018, 19(1):9, doi: 10.1186/s12867-018-0110-y.
4. Plewka et al., (2018) FUS controls the processing of snoRNAs into smaller RNA fragments that can regulate gene expression. BioRxiv, 2018. doi: 10.1101/409250.
5. Gadgil and Raczynska (2021) U7 snRNA: A tool for gene therapy. J Gene Med. 2021;e3321. doi: 10.1002/jgm.3321.

Jacek Radwan

Discipline Biological sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0001-8503-5701
Overview (research interests) Evolutionary biology; immunogenetics; host-parasite coevolution; sexual selection and sexual conflict.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
For more information see my group’s website:
Research projects overview I can offer research funds for the following topic(s): Coevolution between Borrelia outer surface proteins and immunity genes of its rodent host
Publications list
(5 the most important)
Migalska, M., Przesmycka, K., Alsarraf, M., Bajer, A., Behnke-Borowczyk, J., Grzybek, M.,. . . Radwan, J. (2022) Long term patterns of association between MHC and helminth burdens in the bank vole support red queen dynamics. Molecular Ecology, 31(12), 3400-3415.
Parrett, J. M., Chmielewski, S., Aydogdu, E., Łukasiewicz, A., Rombauts, S., Szubert-Kruszyńska, A., Babik, W., Konczal, M., Radwan, J. (2022). Genomic evidence that a sexually selected trait captures genome-wide variation and facilitates the purging of genetic load. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2022, 6, 1330–1342.
Bentkowski P, Radwan J. (2020) Mating preferences can drive expansion or contraction of major histocompatibility complex gene family. Proc R Soc B Biol Sci; 287(1921).
Migalska, M., Sebastian, A., & Radwan, J. (2019). Major histocompatibility complex class I diversity limits the repertoire of T cell receptors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(11), 5021-5026.
Phillips, K. P., Cable, J., Mohammed, R. S., Herdegen-Radwan, M., Raubic, J., Przesmycka, K. J., van Oosterhout, C., Radwan, J. (2018). Immunogenetic novelty confers a selective advantage in host–pathogen coevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(7), 1552-1557.

Maciej Skoracki

Discipline Biology (subdysciplines: zoology, acarology, parasitology)
ORCID ID 0000-0001-7416-3580
Overview (research interests) My research interests include a wide range of subjects from the scope of acarology and parasitology. Main scientific interests are:
– biodiversity and phylogeny of the parasitic mites of birds, reptiles and mammals;
– the characteristics of the host-parasite relationships with emphasis on co-evolutionary processes;
– the habitat and host specificity of parasites;
– the rules of the parasitic mites of birds in the circulation of pathogenic bacteria;
– parasitic mites in human populations and ecosystems
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in: studies on parasitic mites (Acari) associated with vertebrates and invertebrates including host-parasite relationships, co-evolutionary events, evolutionary and ecological drivers of species richness of parasites
Research projects overview

APVV-16-0411: Drivers of species richness in ectoparasites (2017-2021).
NCN 2014/15/B/NZ8/00208: Acariform mites (Acari: Acariformes) permanently parasitizing warm-blooded vertebrates in Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar: fauna genesis, phylogeny, and host-parasite relationships (2015-2018).
NCN 2011/01/B/NZ8/01749: Host-parasite relationships and biodiversity of prostigmatan mites (Acari: Acariformes) – permanent parasites of Holarctic passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) (2011-2014).
SYNTHESYS DK-TAF-2897: Mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Pterygosomatidae) parasitizing reptiles in the Eurasian region. (2013).
SYNTHESYS BE-TAF-1687: Revision of the parasitic quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) of the Ethiopian Region. (2012).
KBN NN303802540: Parasitic mites of the subfamily Picobiinae (Acari: Syringophilidae): taxonomy, biology, ecology, and phylogeny. (2011-2013).
KBN 2PO4C11129: Participation of wild mammals and birds in the Anaplasma phagocytophilum circulation – of the factor human ehrlichiosis (HGE) – in populations of the Ixodes ricinus. (2005-2008).

Publications list
(5 the most important)
Skoracki M., Kosicki J.Z., Hromada M. 2021. Unusual parasite from an enigmatic host – a new group of mites infesting feather quills of the hoatzin. The European Zoological Journal, 88: 9–17. DOI: 10.1080/24750263.2020.1849437
Skoracki M., Sikora B., Jerzak L., Hromada M. 2020. Tanopicobia gen. nov., a new genus of quill mites, its phylogenetic placement in the subfamily Picobiinae (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) and picobiine relationships with avian hosts. PLoS ONE, 15(1): e0225982. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225982
Skoracki M., Hromada M., Kaszewska K., Sikora B. 2020. Females of the quill mite genera Peristerophila and Castosyringophilus (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) are two morphological forms: ontogenetic and population evidences. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 25: 1803–1820. DOI: 10.11158/saa.25.10.6
Klimov P.B., Skoracki M., Bochkov A.V. 2019. Cox1 barcoding versus multilocus species delimitation: validation of two mite species with contrasting effective population sizes. Parasites & Vectors, 12: 8 (1–15). DOI:10.1186/s13071-018-3242-5
Skoracki M., Hromada M., Zmudzinski M., Unsoeld M., Sikora B. 2018. Parasitic quill mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata) associated with Sub-Saharan Sunbirds (Passeriformes: Nectariniidae); species composition and host-parasite relationships. Journal of Medical Entomology, 55: 1464–1477. DOI:10.1093/jme/tjy106

Ewa Stępniak-Konieczna

Discipline Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology)
ORCID ID 0000-0002-7387-1013
Overview (research interests) Focus of research:
• Molecular pathology of myotonic dystrophy (DM)
• Therapeutic strategies against DM
• Transcriptional regulation of MBNL expression
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Our research interests cover multiple aspects of cell and molecular biology related to the pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy (DM), an inherited type of muscular dystrophy affecting primarily muscle but also other body systems. We use molecular tools ranging from cellular and mouse models to patient-derived samples, with a general aim to provide a better understanding of the events leading to DM and to uncover mechanisms that could provide a basis for novel molecular therapeutic strategies. We are particularly interested in Muscleblind-like (MBNL) proteins, master regulators of alternative splicing events and cellular RNA metabolism, whose functional level is crucial to DM pathophysiology. We are exploring the possibility of transcriptional modulation of the endogenous MBNL expression for a therapeutic advantage against DM. Other research directions involve defining molecular pathways and signaling determinants associated with MBNL expression in order to adapt this knowledge into future therapeutic approaches.
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)
Stepniak-Konieczna E., Konieczny P., Cywoniuk P., Dluzewska J., Sobczak K*. (2020) AON-induced splice-switching and DMPK pre-mRNA degradation as potential therapeutic approaches for Myotonic Dystrophy type 1. Nucleic Acids Research.
Konieczny P, Stepniak-Konieczna E, Taylor K, Sznajder LJ, Sobczak K. (2017) Autoregulation of MBNL1 function by exon 1 exclusion from MBNL1 transcript. Nucleic Acids Research.
Bisset DR, Stepniak-Konieczna EA, Zavaljevski M, Wei J, Carter GT, Weiss MD, Chamberlain JR. (2015) Therapeutic impact of systemic AAV-mediated RNA interference in a mouse model of myotonic dystrophy. Human Molecular Genetics.
Konieczny P, Stepniak-Konieczna E, Sobczak K. MBNL proteins and their target RNAs, interaction and splicing regulation. (2014) Nucleic Acids Research. Review.
Childs-Disney JL*, Stepniak-Konieczna E*, Tran T*, Yildirim I, Park H, Chen CZ, Hoskins J, Southall N, Marugan JJ, Patnaik S, Zheng W, Austin CP, Schatz GC, Sobczak K, Thornton CA, Disney MD. (2013) Induction and reversal of myotonic dystrophy type 1 pre-mRNA splicing defects by small molecules. Nature Communications.

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Tomasz S. Osiejuk

Discipline Biological sciences
ORCID ID 0000-0001-5980-7421
Overview (research interests) Animal behaviour and communication; bioacoustics;
evolution and mechanism of coding identity in acoustic signals; signalling aggression; conventional signalling; duets and choruses; tropical birds; ecoacoustics (acoustical assessment of biodiversity)
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Topics for PhD candidate supported by current projects:
(1) Does intra-sexual selection drive evolution of individual identity in animal signals?
(2) Interspecific competition for acoustic space in birds
Research projects overview

Research projects conducted in our department I am involved in:
– Does intra-sexual selection drive evolution of individual identity in animal signals?
– Interspecific competition for acoustic space in birds
– Nocturnal singing in diurnal active bird – side effect of light or functional behaviour?
– Trade-off between species recognition and individual discrimination in tropical Turtur doves
– Functions and mechanisms of coordination in duets and choruses in communication of Chubb’s cisticola

Publications list
(5 the most important)
Wheeldon, A., Szymański P, Surmacki A, Osiejuk, T.S. (2021) Song type and song type matching are important for joint territorial defence in a duetting songbird.
submitted to Behavioral Ecology, in press
Szymański, P., Olszowiak, K., Wheeldon, A., Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2021) Passive acoustic monitoring gives a new insight into year-round duetting behaviour in a tropical songbird. Ecological Indicators 122: 107271.
Linhart, P., Osiejuk, T.S., Budka, M., Salek, M., Špinka, M., Syrová, M., Policht, R., Blumstein, D. (2019) Measuring individual identity information in animal signals: Overview and performance of available identity metrics. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10: 1558-1570.
Ręk, P., Osiejuk, T.S. 2011. Nonpasserine bird produces soft calls and pays retaliation cost. Behavioral Ecology 22: 657-662.
Briefer, E., Osiejuk, T.S., Rybak, F., Aubin, T. 2010. Are bird song complexity and sharing shaped by habitat structure? An information theory and statistical approach. Journal of theoretical Biology 262: 151-164.
Ręk, P., Osiejuk, T.S. 2010. Sophistication and simplicity: conventional communication in a rudimentary system. Behavioral Ecology 21: 1203-1210.
Osiejuk, T.S., Ratyńska, K., Dale, S. 2007. What makes a ‘local song’ in a population of ortolan buntings without common dialect? Animal Behaviour 74: 121-130.

Witold Wachowiak

Discipline biology (genetics/genomics)
ORCID ID 0000-0003-2898-3523
Overview (research interests) ● Genetic basis of phenotypic traits variation and local adaptation
● Genetic variation and speciation in plants
● Adaptation and hybridization in species contact zones
● Marker assisted breeding and genomic selection in forest trees
● Development of novel genomic resources and genetic markers
● Molecular taxonomy
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Application of novel genomic resources in population history, natural selection and adaptive variation studies in closely related forest tree species
Research projects overview See my webpage:
Publications list
(5 the most important)
See google scholar:
Selected publications:
Perry A., Wachowiak W., Downing A., Talbot R., Cavers S. (2020) Development of a SNP array for population genomic studies in four European pine species. Molecular Ecology Resources, DOI:
Wachowiak W,. Zaborowska J., Łabiszak B., Perry A., Zucca GM., González-Martínez SC., Cavers S. (2018) Molecular signatures of divergence and selection in closely related pine taxa. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 14:83
Donnelly K., Cottrell J., Ennos RA., Vendramin GG., A’Hara S., King S. Perry A., Wachowiak W., Cavers S. (2017). Reconstructing the plant mitochondrial genome for marker discovery: a case study using Pinus. Molecular Ecology Resources, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12646
Wachowiak W., Żukowska WB., Wójkiewicz B., Cavers S., Litkowiec M. (2016) Hybridization in contact zone between temperate European pine species. Tree Genetics & Genomes, DOI: 10.1007/s11295-016-1007-x
Wachowiak, W., Trivedi, U., Perry, A., Cavers, S. (2015). Comparative transcriptomics of a complex of four European pine species. BMC Genomics 16: 234.

Zbigniew Adamski

Discipline Biology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-8696-3785
Overview (research interests) Research interests: lethal and sub-lethal effects of plant-derived substances and their possible application as insecticides and nematicides; effects of alkaloids at cell and tissue level; alkaloid procured lethality, altered fecundity and fertility, and morphological malformations of tested organisms.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Toxicity of plant derived substances and synthetic pesticides to invertebrates, research using light and electron microscopy, physiological and behavioural tests.
Research projects overview
Publications list
(5 the most important)

• Chowański Szymon, Adamski Zbigniew Karol, Marciniak Paweł [i in.]: A Review of Bioinsecticidal Activity of Solanaceae Alkaloids, Toxins, 2016, vol. 8.

• Büyükgüzel Ender, Büyükgüzel Kemal, Snela Milena [i in.]: Effect of boric acid on antioxidant enzyme activity, lipid peroxidation, and ultrastructure of midgut and fat body of Galleria mellonella, Cell Biology and Toxicology, 2013, vol. 29, s.117-129. DOI:10.1007/s10565-013-9240-7
• Spochacz Marta, Chowański Szymon, Walkowiak-Nowicka Karolina [i in.]: Plant-Derived Substances Used Against Beetles-Pests of Stored Crops and Food-and Their Mode of Action: A Review, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 2018, vol. 17, nr 5, s.1339-1366. DOI:10.1111/1541-4337.12377
• Adamski Zbigniew Karol, Machalska Karolina, Chorostkowska Katarzyna [i in.]: Effects of sublethal concentrations of fenitrothion on beet armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) development and reproduction, Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 2009, vol. 94, s.73-78. DOI:10.1016/j.pestbp.2009.04.005
• Ntalli Nikoletta, Ratajczak Marlena, Oplos Chrisostomos [i in.]: Acetic acid, 2-undecanone, and (E)-2-decenal ultrastructural malformations on Meloidogyne incognita, Journal of Nematology, 2016, vol. 48, s.248-260. DOI:10.21307/jofnem-2017-033

Rafał Zwolak

Discipline Ecology
ORCID ID 0000-0002-7665-5033
Overview (research interests) We study ecological interactions in forested ecosystems. Our interests are quite broad and include various aspects of behavioral, population, and community ecology. At this moment, most of our research focuses on interactions between plants and animals that consume or disperse their seeds.
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
I prefer to help my students develop their own research questions rather than offer them predetermined projects to work on. There has to be some overlap in our scientific interests, but I enjoy developing new directions of study and learning about new systems. So far, my students’ projects have been rather diverse. Here are a few examples:
• feedbacks between parasite loads and behavior in mice;
• comparative demography of invasive vs. native species of plants;
• seed predation by insects;
• seed dispersal by birds;
• the impact of road noise on small mammal foraging;
• …and of course interactions between masting trees and rodents.
Research projects overview SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Ecological implications of animal personalities
All animals are not equal: even individuals of the same species display a striking variety of consistent behavioral tendencies. Particular individuals differ in their aggressiveness, tendency to explore their surroundings, risk-taking during foraging, propensity to seek or avoid companions, and many other behavioral traits. Researchers refer to this phenomenon as “animal personalities”. Our objective is to examine how animal personalities influence ecological processes such as space use and seed dispersal: if a single species consists of individuals that differ in their personalities, it might function like multiple species, with diverse interactions and ecological impacts.

Effects of mast years on animal populations and communities
Mast seeding is the intermittent, synchronized production of large seed crops. As a consequence of this phenomenon, in some years there is more food in forests than animals can eat, but in other years there are little or no food resources. Both feast and famine create domino effects that cascade through food webs. Thus, mast seeding provides an opportunity to investigate the type and strength of interactions among forest species under dramatically different environmental conditions.

Biotic interactions and plant regeneration
Most studies on processes that shape plant populations and communities focus on direct effects of the physical environment on plant performance and competition. While we have known for a long time that animals can mediate bottom-up effects, this influence is often overlooked – particularly when the animals in question are cryptic, like insects or rodents, rather than large like ungulates. Our research addresses this gap: we examine how interactions with animals influence tree recruitment and how this influence changes with environmental conditions.


Publications list
(5 the most important)
Profile on Google Scholar:

Recent illustrative publications:

1. Zwolak R., D. Clement, A. Sih, and S. J. Schreiber. 2021. Mast seeding promotes evolution of scatter-hoarding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, in press.

2. Zwolak R. and A. Sih. 2020. Animal personalities and seed dispersal: A conceptual review. Functional Ecology, 34: 1294-1310.

3. Bogdziewicz M., E. E. Crone, and R. Zwolak. 2020. Do benefits of seed dispersal and caching by scatterhoarders outweigh the costs of predation? An example with oaks and yellow‐necked mice. Journal of Ecology 108: 1009-1018. *Article shortlisted for the Harper Prize, awarded by the British Ecological Society*

4. Bogdziewicz M., N. Lichti, and R. Zwolak. 2019. Consumer-mediated indirect interaction with a native plant lowers the fitness of an invasive competitor. Journal of Ecology 107: 12-22.

5. Zwolak R. 2018. Why individual variation in seed dispersing animals matters for plants. Biological Reviews 93: 897-913.

Zbigniew Zwoliński

Discipline Geography, geomorphology, geoinformation
ORCID ID 0000-0002-3252-3143
Overview (research interests) My main research interests are the reinterpretation of approved views within geographical sciences in numerical categories, development of a new applications on the basis of geoinformation, e.g. geodiversity, and functioning of natural environment in different morphoclimatic zones
supervisor profile
(offer for PhD candidates)
Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in the field of the micro-regionalization of the territory of Poland or a selected macroregions, segmentation of different geodiversity levels in a given area, modelling fluvial processes and alluvial landforms on floodplain of meandering river, or denudational processes in morphoclimatic zones, mainly in polar regions
Research projects overview Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in the field of the micro-regionalization of the territory of Poland or a selected macroregions, segmentation of different geodiversity levels in a given area, modelling fluvial processes and alluvial landforms on floodplain of meandering river, or denudational processes in morphoclimatic zones, mainly in polar regions
Publications list
(5 the most important)
Coratza P., Reynard E., Zwoliński Zb., 2018. Geodiversity and Geoheritage: Crossing Disciplines and Approaches. Geoheritage 10: 525–526.
Jankowski P., Najwer A., Zwoliński Zb., Niesterowicz J., 2020. Geodiversity Assessment with Crowdsourced Data and Spatial Multicriteria Analysis. International Journal of Geo-Information 9: 716.
Zwoliński, Zb., Guth P., 2017. Geomorphometry for geomodelling of natural hazards. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, 61(2): 1-7.
Zwoliński, Zb., Hildebrandt-Radke I., Mazurek M., Makohonienko M., 2018. Anthropogeomorphological Metamorphosis of an Urban Area in the Postglacial Landscape: A Case Study of Poznań City. W: M.J.Thornbush, C.D.Allen (eds), Urban Geomorphology: Landforms and Processes in Cities. Elsevier: 55-77.
Zwoliński, Zb., Najwer A., Giardino M., 2018. Methods for assessing geodiversity. [W:] E.Reynard, J.Brilha (red.), Geoheritage: Assessment, Protection, and Management, Elsevier, Amsterdam: 27-52.