I was born in Poland, where I obtained Masters Degree in Biotechnology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. In 2008 I was offered a PhD fellowship at the Polish Academy of Science (PAS). I was doing research on non-coding RNAs in the brain and their potential interactions with proteins, creating a small RNA library and seeking new targets for tumor treatment. I designed new catalytic nucleic acids and exploit the subject to develop a new method of prediction of RNA intracellular activity. This multidisciplinary research strategy obtained a better understanding of scientific problems and provided practical solutions. In 2013 I was successful in my application for a postdoctoral position in Dr Grzegorz Kudla lab at the University of Edinburgh. I was optimising new methods for analysis of cellular dsRNA and dsRNA-protein interactions and developing a new method for tracking RNA-RNA interactions in cells, whilst collaborating with Prof. David Tollervey (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Prof. Eric Miska (University of Cambridge, UK). I learnt and mastered bioinformatics skills and performed both wet laboratory and bioinformatics analysis of RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions during ribosome assembly and ZIKA virus infection. I became a specialist in RNA interactomics, combining a very rare skill set of both laboratory work and data analysis. Since 2019 I work as a postodoctoral researcher in Assoc./Prof. Simon Conn’s Circular RNAs in Cancer lab, where I am designing a new method for circular RNA capture for interactomics analysis.
Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Ph.D. in Chemistry 2013
of the Polish Academy of Sciences specialty: Biochemistry
Adam Mickiewicz University M.S. in Biotechnology 2007
Adam Mickiewicz University B.A. in Biotechnology 2005
2014 Prof. B. Skarzynski’s award for the best article published in “Postepy Biochemii” in 2013.
2012 Scholarship holder within the project “Scholarship support for Ph.D. students specialising in majors strategic for GP development”, Sub-measure 8.2.2 Human Capital Operational Program, co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.
2007 Adam Mickiewicz University’s Medal for the best graduates, Grade: Excellent: M.S. in Biotechnology, 2007 dissertation: “RNA interference technology in brain tumor therapy”.
2003-07 Adam Mickiewicz University’s scholarship for the best students.
Member of RNA Society
Member of RNA Society Spotlight Team
Member of Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Member of Early- and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) forum
Editor at Reaudito Mercury peer-reviewd journal
Expert for Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
Primary and high school visitor: presenting about science, STEM and living abroad
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