Dr Krystyna Oracz –
Leader of the SeedExplorerGroup
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.
Ilaria Coppola – post graduated trainee, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
My name is Ilaria Coppola. I graduated in 2020’ with a MSc degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. During my master studies I have developed a strong interest in geochemistry and I wanted to work with isotopes to trace environmental pollution. For this, my thesis supervisor set-up a collaboration with Vassar College (NY) and I spent three months there to analyse Pb isotope in honeys to trace the provenance of pollution. In the 2018’ I hold a bachelor degree in natural Sciences from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. During the mandatory traineeship and BSc thesis project I have analysed the chemical composition of groundwater and, in particular, I have analysed the concentration of Selenium, which releases a strong odour under particular chemical-physical conditions. My passion for the natural sciences; in particular for botany, physiology and genetics continues until the 2021’ as I decided to perform the post graduate internship at the Department of Plant Physiology of the Institute of Biology (WULS-SGGW), joining the SeedExplorerGroup headed by Dr Krystyna Oracz. This internship is focused on the molecular mechanisms that regulate the dormancy and germination of Arabidopsis seed, under different environmental conditions.
During my free time I like to swim, and in fact, I am an Italian swimming champion, a swimming teacher and a lifeguard.