Dr Krystyna Oracz –
Leader of the SeedExplorerGroup
Agata Kućko – PhD, researcher, WULS-SGGW
My name is Agata Kućko. I graduated in 2011’ as MSc in general and molecular biology under supervision of Prof Jan Kopcewicz in the Faculty of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland). During MSc studies I developed an interest in plant biology and I have been studying flowering and senescence of Ipomoea nil. Having successfully completed MSc studies, I have become a PhD student at the same university. The aim of my PhD project was to gain the knowledge about physiological, molecular and biochemical aspects underlying excessive flower abscission in crop species such as yellow lupine. The main area of my research were phytohormones, particularly ethylene and abscisic acid. During that time I had a great opportunity to carry out some of my biochemical and cytological analyses in Estacion Experimental del Zaidin (Granada, Spain). After PhD studies I was employed as a research assistant in the Chair of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Gdansk and over this time I evaluated the toxicity of different herbicides to floating plant - Lemna minor - including their impact on lipid composition. Then, I have joined SeedExplorerGroup headed by Dr Krystyna Oracz at the Department of Plant Physiology WULS-SGGW for a Postdoc which is related to investigation of molecular mechanisms controlling seed dormancy and germination, with the focus on the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and plant hormones in these processes.
Marlena Stawska – PhD, researcher, WULS-SGGW
My name is Marlena Stawska and I am actually a PI of the PRELUDIUM project funded by the National Science Centre, in the SeedExplorerGroup at the Department of Plant Physiology, Warsaw University of Life Science-SGGW, with PhD Krystyna Oracz as a group leader. In May 2019’ I have obtained my PhD degree in biology at WULS-SGGW. During my thesis, under supervision of PhD K. Oracz I was elucidating the role of light and particular genes involved in light signaling in regulation of dormant Arabidopsis seeds germination. At the same time, I was also actively involved in another projects investigating the role of genes responsible for regulation of transcription and translation in germinating Arabidopsis seeds.
Privately I enjoy gardening, traveling and learning about new cultures.
Anna Sokołowska – MSc student of biotechnology, WULS-SGGW
My name is Anna Sokołowska. I am a student of engineering studies of biotechnology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW. During my studies I develope an interest in plant and molecular biology. Currently, I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup headed by Dr Krystyna Oracz at the Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Biology, WULS-SGGW. During my BSc thesis, under supervision of PhD K. Oracz I elucidate the role of ARGONAUTE proteins in regulation of dormancy and germination of Arabidopsis seeds.
Privately, I enjoy plants cultivation, cooking, watching American films.
Maciej Rugała – MSc student of biotechnology, WULS-SGGW
My name is Maciek and I am a student of biotechnology engineering studies at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS). As the most exciting about my field of study I recognise an unique approach in solving problems at both scientific and humanistic aspects. I have an honour to be a member of SeedExplorerGroup headed by PhD Krystyna Oracz, at the Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Biology, WULS. Working on my BSc thesis, under the supervision of PhD K. Oracz, I am focusing on unravelling the mysteries of plant genetics and physiology, with a special interest in the role of particular AGO gene in regulation of dormancy and germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds.
After hours, I enjoy to listen to and/or make some music, try my best at rock climbing wall and/or reading. And I find myself as kind of game dev geek.
Aleksandra Goc – BSc student of biology, WULS-SGGW
My name is Aleksandra. I am a student of Biology at the University of Life Sciences in Warsaw. The most interesting area of my studies is to discover the secrets of molecular basis of the mechanisms of life functioning. Currently I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup headed by PhD Krystyna Oracz at the Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Biology (WULS). The aim of my BSc thesis, under the supervision of PhD K. Oracz, is to investigate the role of particular RBOH gene in the regulation of dormancy and germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds.
In my free time I like to bake sweet treats, read criminals and go hiking.
Ailar Gonbadi – intern PhD student, Akdeniz University (Turkey)
My name is Ailar Gonbadi. I am interested in plant molecular biology and pathology. I did my MSc on a major pathogen of cucurbits, thesis entitled: “Identification and detection of Zucchini yellow mosaic virus strains in Golestan province at Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources”. After I MSc studies, I have obtained a scholarship from Akdeniz University for realisation of my PhD and moved to Antalya. The aim of my PhD onging project is: Determination and molecular mharacterization of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV-RB) isolates that break resistance through its natural hosts in Antalya Province. In addition, I am involved in another project related to: Mapping the Entire Genome of Pepper Mild Mottle Virus (PMMOV) and Data Analysis of Resistance, which is a problem in pepper cultivation. The results of this particular project were already accepted for publication. Willing to develop my knowledge and laboratory skills I have joined the SeedExplorerGroup headed by PhD Krystyna Oracz in the Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of Biology WULS-SGGW. I am very happy and proud to have the opportunity to meet and work with this research gruop.
I particularly enjoy painting, meeting new people, traveling, exploring new countries and different cultures.