Katarzyna Bednarczyk

Who I am:

I am finishing my master’s studies in Molecular Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. I conduct my research in the Department of Medical Biotechnology, where I study the regulation of interferon and inflammatory response by heme oxygenase (HO-1) and heme metabolism in primary fibroblasts and inducible pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Throughout my academic years I’ve always tried to be involved in the life of academic community and the bare minimum was never an option 🙂 I served as the chairperson of Scientific Students’ Association, participated in additional trainings, and organised the VII edition of the Student Conference of Genetics. I also took part in the Erasmus+ Traineeships Programme, which allowed me to complete a 3-month internship in the Saints-Peres Paris Institute for the Neurosciences. I am an open-minded, curious person who enjoys challenges. In my free time, I like to meet with friends, bake, dance, roller-skate in the summer and snowboard in the winter.

My BioLAB work in the lab focuses on:

I will be working in Dr Norbert Leitinger lab, Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. During my BioLAB internship I will focus on the regulation of inflammatory and metabolic responses in chronic progressive diseases, including atherosclerosis, heart failure, diabetes and fatty liver disease. I will look closer into heme metabolism and metabolic control of inflammation.

I decided to apply for a BioLAB program because:

A one-year internship in the USA is an amazing opportunity to dive into the global scientific environment, learn cutting-edge techniques, and refine skills that I already have. Also, I enjoy traveling, exploring diverse cultures, delving into their history and meeting new people. BioLAB Program is an exceptional way to enjoy all these experiences at once.

After completing my BioLAB Program I would like to:

Further develop as a scientist by pursuing a PhD, where I can hopefully contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the scientific world.

  • University of Virginia
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