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Dr Krystyna Oracz –

         Leader of the SeedExplorerGroup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agata Kućko – Research assistant (Post-doc) in the SeedExplorerGroup, 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. Actually, I have joined SeedExplorerGroup headed by Dr Krystyna Oracz at the Department of Plant Physiology WULS-SGGW. My current work as a Postdoctoral Researcher 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 student of biology, WULS-SGGW

 

My name is Marlena Stawska and I am actually a PhD student in the SeedExplorerGroup at the Department of Plant Physiology Warsaw University of Life Science-SGGW, with PhD Krystyna Oracz as a group leader and supervisor. In June 2014’ I have obtained my master degree in biotechnology in plant production at WULS-SGGW. During my master thesis, under supervision of PhD K. Oracz I was elucidating the role of blue light in regulation of dormant Arabidopsis seeds germination. At the same time, I was also actively involved in another project investigating the role of particular genes responsible for regulation of translation in germinating Arabidopsis seeds. During my PhD studies I will continue my work in the same research group, elucidating molecular aspects of seed dormancy and germination regulation with a special focus on the role of environmental factors such as light and temperature.

Privately I enjoy gardening, traveling and learning about new cultures.

 

 

Maria-Amélie ANDREvisiting MSc student from the UniLaSalle in Rouen, in France

 

I am actually in third year student in an agricultural engineering school at UniLaSalle in Rouen, in France. Since October 2018’ I realise a research stage in the SeedExplorerGroup at Department of Plant Physiology WULS-SGGW. I am working under the supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz. I carry various experiments, using different techniques allowing me to elucidate the role of some particular genes in regulation of seed germination. 

Privately, I am interested in travelling, cooking and I also like drawing.

 

 

Mateusz BanachMSc student of biology, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a master student of biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW. Since January 2018’ I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup at the Department of Plant Physiology, where I realize my master thesis under a supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz. The aim of my work is characterization of the role some of the AGO’s genes in germinating Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. I am interested in plant molecular biology and genetic engineering.

Privately, I like sport, reading books in my free time and play board games together with my friends.

 

 

Jan JędrzejewskiMSc student of biology, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a master student of biology at Warsaw University of Life Science-SGGW. In January 2018’ I becomed a member the SeedExplorerGroup at the Department of Plant Physiology. Earlier, I did my bachelor thesis at the Botany Department WULS-SGGW. I was investigating the symbiosis of cyanobacteria with cycads. I am currently pursuing my master thesis at the Department of Plant Physiology under the supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz. We are working on the characterization of the role some of the AGO’s genes during germination of Arabidopsis fhaliana seeds. The physiology of plants is one of my main scientific interests.

Privately, I'm interested in photography, football, and I spend my free time reading books.

 

 

Kinga Wierzbicka BSc student of biology, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a second-year biology student at Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW. Since April 2018' I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup, at the Department of Plant Physiology, where I realize my bachelor thesis under a Supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz. We elucidate the possible mechanisms regulating hydrolysis of the cell wall in hypocotyl of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Privately, in my free time I am cooking and roller skating. Moreover, I love sport and dogs.

 

 

Dominik Baczewski BSc student of ecological engineering, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a BSc student of ecological engineering at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW. Since September 2016’ I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup, at the Department of Plant Physiology, where I realize my engineering thesis, under supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz. I study the role of one of the proteins of the CULLIN4 complex in germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. Additionally I have been practicing at the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR) - National Research Institute. I am interested in GMOs and influence of plants on the environment.

Privately, I am interested in electronics, cooking, traveling and learning about the world (geography, culture, animals and environmental protection).

 

 

Aleksandra Parol BSc student of biology, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a BSc student of biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences- SGGW. I have joined the SeedExplorerGroup at the Department of Plant Physiology in April 2017’. I am preparing a bachelor’s thesis about the role of selected genes involved in signal transduction pathway of ABA during germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds under a supervision of PhD Krystyna Oracz.

I like spending my free time in an active way. I ride a bike and also skiing every winter. I love listening a music and reading books.

 

 

Ewa WalczukMSc student of biotechnology, WULS-SGGW

 

I am a master student of biotechnology in specialization of Plant Production at Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW. Previously, I realized my bachelor thesis in the Department of Plant Pathology where I have investigated mechanisms of improvement of sugar beet germination. Currently, Since April 2016, I am a member of the SeedExplorerGroup  and  I execute my master thesis, under supervision of PhD K. Oracz. I  elucidate a role Reactive Oxygen Species produced by NADPH Oxidases in germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. I am particularly interested in plant molecular biology and genetic engineering.

Privately, I like playing the piano, singing and reading books (medical thrillers gladly).

 

 

SeedExplorerGroup members in october 2016'