Karolina Stefanowicz is a postdoctoral researcher in the BIO-TALENT team at the Department of Integrative Plant Biology within the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her area of expertise covers plant molecular biology with focus on molecular aspects of plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. She obtained her PhD in Applied Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University in Belgium. During her doctoral research she investigated the role and importance of selective glycoprotein degradation via the ubiquitin/26S proteasome system in plant development and plant defense responses. Her current research within the BIO-TALENT team involves studies of cell wall changes occurring in plant cell upon Plasmodiophora brassicae infection and their significance for the disease progression. Through the application of molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques her research aims to unravel cell wall-related processes essential for the pathogenesis of P. brassicae and ultimately to provide tools for a future development of more tolerant plants.
2015 – Postdoctoral Researcher in the BIO-TALENT team, Integrative Plant Biology Department – Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
2015 – PhD, Ghent University, Belgium
2010 – MSE, Agricultural University in Cracow, Poland
1. Stefanowicz K, Lannoo N, Van Damme EJM (2015). Plant F-box proteins – judges between life and death. Crit Rev Plant Sci. In press.
2. Van Hove J, Stefanowicz K, De Schutter K, Eggermont L, Lannoo N, Al Atalah B, Van Damme EJM (2014). Transcriptional profiling of the lectin ArathEULS3 from Arabidopsis thaliana towards abiotic stresses. J Plant Physiol 171: 1763-1773.
3. Stefanowicz K, Lannoo N, Proost P, Van Damme EJM (2012). Arabidopsis F-box protein containing a Nictaba-related lectin domain interacts with N-acetyllactosamine structures. FEBS Open Bio 2: 151–158.