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Alicja Kunkowska

Faculty and Affiliate Scientists

  • BIO

I studied Biotechnology and Biotechnology of Peptides and Proteins at the University of Wroclaw, Poland (2009-2014). During my studies I spent 8 months as an intern at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany. After my graduation I started my PhD dissertation on the role of reactive oxygen species during leaf growth at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and obtained my PhD degree in 2019. Since then I’ve joined the PlantLab as a postdoctoral researcher to work on hypoxia stress signaling.

    • Schmidt R, Kunkowska AB, Schippers JHM (2016) Role of reactive oxygen species during cell expansion in leaves. Plant Physiology, 172(4): 2098-2106
    • Weits DA, Kunkowska AB, Kamps NCW, Portz KMS, Packbier NK, Venza ZN, Gaillochet C, Lohmann JU, Pedersen O, van Dongen JT, Licausi F (2019) An apical hypoxic niche sets the pace over shoot meristem activity. Nature, 569: 714-717.

My research focuses on deciphering the molecular mechanisms integrating hypoxia signaling with sugar availability, using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model organism. I am interested in the fine-tuning of ERF-VII activity by post-translational modification. My research activities rely on molecular biology, protein-protein interaction techniques and confocal microscopy.