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Katarzyna Gacek



BACKGROUND:

I am currently studying for a PhD under supervision of Dr Jose Gutierrez-Marcos in School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick. I obtained my honours degree in Biological Sciences in University of Life Sciences in Poznan, Poland. I also have a BA in English Philology from Poznan College of Modern Languages.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

 
2007 - now Doctoral Training Programme at University of Warwick - School of Life Sciences studying novel signalling pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana endosperm development

2006 - 2007 ETH, Institute of Plant Science, Zurich. Scientific Guest in Plant Genetics group of Prof. Klaus Apel - involved in study of singlet oxygen signalling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana as an elicitor of cell death and stress response in plants

2005 - 2006 Gurdon Institute/ University of Cambridge - technical support for the research group studying the regulation of embryo patterning in mouse

 2002 - 2004 three summer industrial placements at Monsanto - Plant Breeding Station (Germany and UK)


PhD RESEARCH:


Theses title: Cell - cell communication in Arabidopsis thaliana early seed development

Reproduction and seed formation are the key events in a life cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana. The proper development of the seed is achieved through coordinated growth of its three components: embryo, endosperm and maternal integuments. Recent genetic studies have revealed that the coordination between the three key players is mediated by intercellular cell - cell communication. This mechanism involves LRR RLK transmembrane receptors, small secreted peptides acting as ligands and yet unknown enzymes procesing both ligands and receptors for their correct localisation. However, the regulation of these processes remain largely unknown. The main aim of my project is to dissect components of a novel signalling pathway regulating endosperm development and thus seed size. Using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model genetic experimental system I will study mutants with defective seed development and I will identify genes affected in order to gain insight into how the coordinated seed growth occurs. This work will have particular relevance to understanding seed biology not only in Arabidopsis thaliana but also in more important crop plant species with potential benefits to society.


Department: School of Life Sciences

Supervisor: Dr Jose Gutierrez - Marcos

Advisory Commitee: Dr Vicky Buchanan - Wollaston (chairman), Dr Karl Morris, Dr Daniel Eastwood

Year started: 2007


My photos:

arabidopsis plant2 Arabidopsis thaliana
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