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dr hab. Piotr Rozpądek

dr hab. Piotr Rozpądek

Team lider

Master’s degree in biology (specialization in cell biology) obtained from the Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. PhD in biology (specialization in plant physiology) obtained from the International Doctoral Studies of Natural Sciences of the Polish Academy of Science in Krakow. Research interests include: plant interactions with endosymbiotic microorganisms, biodiversity of plant endosymbiotes and the role of the microbiome in adapting plants to the environment.

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dr inż. Rafał Ważny

dr inż. Rafał Ważny

Adiunkt badawczy

Received his Ph.D. in Forest Science at University of Agriculture in Kraków, where he specialized in pathogenic and ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with forest trees. Afterwards he worked at Forest Research Institute and at Institute of Environmental Sciences at Jagiellonian University. He started his work at MCB as technology broker, mostly engaged in applied project, that were carried out in our group. Currently, he is responsible for microbiological site of our investigation. His scientific interests include the role of plant endophytes and mycorrhizal fungi in bioremediation and sustainable agriculture.

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dr inż. Roman Jędrzejczyk

dr inż. Roman Jędrzejczyk

Adiunkt badawczy

A former participant of PhD studies within the Society – Technologies – Environment project at Jagiellonian University and PhD studies at Faculty of Chemistry (JU). A graduate of Faculty of Energy and Fuels at AGH University of Science and Technology in the field of catalysis and environmental protection and Faculty of Chemistry of Jagiellonian University in the field of environmental chemistry. He is a specialist in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, analytical and conservation chemistry. He specialises in a number of analytical methods, including XRF, IR, UV-Vis, Raman, MS, XRD, AAS, HPLC, microscopic and hyperspectral imaging. Currently involved in research on the plant-microorganisms interactions and biosynthesis of nanoparticles and carotenoids.

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dr Agnieszka Domka

dr Agnieszka Domka

Scientific assistant

A graduate of the Faculty of Biology of the Jagiellonian University in the field of environmental biology. Her research interests include molecular mechanisms of shaping plant interactions with symbiotic microorganisms (mainly endophytic fungi), the influence of endophytic fungi on plant mineral homeostasis and the role of endophytes in plant response to stress (e.g. contamination with toxic metals). Her expertise is analysis of plant response to biotic (microorganisms) and abiotic (toxic metals) factors at the transcriptome level using qRT-PCR. She conducts also research on the process of plant tissue colonization using genetically transformed strains of fungi and confocal microscopy. Currently, she is involved in the implementation of the project concerning the role of endophytic fungi in plant toxic metal tolerance.

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dr Michał Nosek

dr Michał Nosek

Scientific assistant

A graduate of the Faculty of Geography and Biology of the Pedagogical Academy in Krakow. He specializes in plant physiology, with particular emphasis on interactions with abiotic and biotic stress factors. It is responsible for determining the components that shape redox homeostasis in plant cells, including fine and high molecular antioxidants and reactive oxygen species. His current research interests are focused on the plasticity of carbon metabolism in a model plant with optional CAM photosynthesis (Crassulacean acid metabolism).

mgr Maciej Gustab

mgr Maciej Gustab

PhD Student

A graduate from biological studies at the Faculty of Biology of the Jagiellonian University. He was involved in optimizing the regeneration conditions of plant species in in-vitro cultures so far. Currently a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Exact and Biomedical Sciences in the Małopolska Center of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University. His scientific interests mainly focus on botany, crop plants and the effective use of their hidden potential. As a part of his doctoral dissertation, he researches the impact of fungal endophytes on phosphorus uptake by plants.

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Weronika Kosowicz

Weronika Kosowicz

Research technician

A molecular biotechnology student at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University. A graduate of Bsc studies at the same Faculty. Her bachelor thesis focused on mechanisms of arsenic resistance in soil bacteria from industrial area polluted with this element. Her scientific interests mainly focus on microbial mechanisms of stress response and adaptations.

Magdalena Zyzik

Magdalena Zyzik

MSc

She completed undergraduate studies in biotechnology at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University. Her bachelor thesis investigated antioxidant response of photosynthetic organisms on the example of model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to heavy metals. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in molecular biotechnology in the same department. Her thesis investigates the molecular basis of plant-endophyte interactions on the plant root system, with particular emphasis on the trichome zone. Her research interests are mainly in plant physiology and epigenetics as a hobby.