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Julia Lipecki

I grew up in Poland in the suburbs of Warsaw. In 2010 I moved to England to undertake my undergraduate studies. In 2013 I obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from King's College London. Following this, in 2014 I completed a MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Imperial College London. I was then offered a studentship on the MIBTP (a BBSRC funded DTP) at University of Warwick starting in September 2015. Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as a Laboratory Technician for the NatureMetrics start-up company.

The first year of the MIBTP comprised a training year which included quantitative skills modules (statistics, programming, sysMIC), tailored masterclasses, two mini-projects and a professional internship. Details of my projects and internship are provided below:

  • Mini-project 2: July 2016 - September 2016, Poly(ampholytes) as Antifreeze Protein Mimetics for Cryopreservation, supervised by Prof. Matthew I. Gibson at the University of Warwick
  • Internship: April 2016 - June 2016, NatureMetrics in Egham
  • Mini-project 1: January 2016 - March 2016, Novel Polymeric Iron Chelators for Iron Regulation in Microbial Communities, supervised by Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo at the University of Birmingham
Following the training year, I went on to do a project with Prof. Gibson and Dr Christie-Oleza at the University of Warwick which focused on the the biodegradation of synthetic polymers in the marine environment. During the 2016 - 2017 academic year I used model polymer chemistry to create synthetic probes to determine the fate of commodity plastics. After completing the first year, I have had a change of heart and moved research groups in order to pursue a PhD in bioinformatics.

Current Research
My current research project is supersived by Dr Sascha Ott (Computer Sciences) and Prof. Jan Brosens (WMS). I work on a variety of projects analysing single cell transcriptomics (Drop-Seq) and open chromatin data (ATAC-Seq).

[5] Schang, AL., Steenwinckel, J., Lipecki,J., Rich, C., Woolley-Allen, K., Dyer, N., Charpentier, T., Fleiss, B., Schafer, P., Ott, S., Mezger, V., Saberan-Djoneidi, D., Gressens, P. 2019. "Epigenome and transcriptome landscapes highlight dual roles of proinflammatory players in a perinatal model of white matter injury". Pre-print
[4] Lucas, ES., Vrljicak, P., Diniz da Costa, MM., Brighton, PJ., Kong, CS., Lipecki, J., Fishwick, K., Muter, J., Ott, S., Brosens JJ. 2018. "Reconstruction of the Decidual Pathways in Human Endometrial Cells Using Single-Cell RNA-Seq". Pre-print
[3] Linard, B., Crampton-Platt, A., Moriniere, J., Timmermans, M., Andujar, C., Arribas, P., Miller, KE., Lipecki, J., Favreau, E., Hunter, A., Gomez-Rodriguez, C., Barton, C., Nie, R., Gillett, C., Breeschoten, T., Bocak, L., Vogler, AP. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2018: 128, 1-11. "The contribution of mitochondrial metagenomics to largescale data mining and phylogenetic analysis of Coleoptera". Link
[2] Richards, SJ., Isulfi, K., Wilkins, LE., Lipecki, J., Fullam, E., Gibson, MI. Biomacromolecules, 2017: 19, 256-264. "Multivalent Antimicrobial Polymer Nanoparticles Target Mycobacteria and Gram-Negative Bacteria by Distinct Mechanisms". Link
[1] Stubbs, C., Lipecki, J., Gibson, MI. Biomacromolecules, 2017: 8, 295–302. "Regio-Regular Alternating Polyampholytes have Enhanced Biomimetic Ice Recrystallization Activity Compared to Random Copolymers and the Role of Side Chain Verses Main Chain Hydrophobicity". Link

Poster and Oral presentations
  • March 2019: SLS Postgraduate Symposium 2019, University of Warwick, Talk: "A Novel Method for Cell Type Identification in scRNA-seq Data"
  • September 2018: Single Cell Europe Meeting 2018, BIOCEV Prague, Poster: "Investigating Transcriptomic Changes within Pancreatic Islets of Mice During the Course of Pregnancy"
  • April 2018: MIBTP Symposium 2018, University of Leicester, 3-min talk: "Determining the State of Single Cells Using Expression and Open Chromatin Data"
  • March 2018: SLS Postgraduate Symposium 2018, University of Warwick, Poster: "Determining the State of Single Cells Using Expression and Open Chromatin Data"
  • April 2017: MIBTP Symposium 2017, University of Leicester, Poster: "Well-defined Polymers to Study the Environmental Fate of Plastics"
  • September 2016: MIBTP Poster Session 2016, University of Warwick, Poster: "Poly(ampholytes) as Antifreeze Protein Mimetics for Cryopreservation"



Imperial College London, 2013 - 2014, MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

King's College London, 2010 - 2013,
BSc in Biochemistry

j dot lipecki at warwick dot ac dot uk