Department of Animal Physiology and Ecotoxycology

Staff:

  • Head of the Department:
    • Mirosław Nakonieczny, PhD, DSc
  • Academic Teachers:
    • Professor Paweł Migula (Emeritus Professor);
    • Bogdan Doleżych, PhD, DSc
    • Maria Augustyniak, PhD, DSc
    • Agnieszka Babczyńska, PhD DSc
    • Alina Kafel, PhD, DSc
    • Piotr Łaszczyca, PhD, DSc
    • Grażyna Wilczek, PhD, DSc
    • Jadwiga Bembenek, PhD
    • Elżbieta Szulińska, PhD
    • Monika Tarnawska, PhD
    • Jacek Francikowski, PhD
    • Anna Płachetka-Bożek, MSc
    • Agata Bednarek, MSc
    • Marta Sawadro, MSc
  • Technical Staff:
    • Andrzej Kędziorski, PhD
    • Katarzyna Rozpędek, PhD
    • Ilona Witas, MSc
    • Ewa Świerczek, MSc
    • Magdalena Skowronek, MSc
    • Małgorzata Scheiki

Main field of research:

  • stress reactions of selected invertebrates to chemical, physical or biological environmental factors;
  • life history parameters of invertebrates in relation to environmental pressure;
  • application of molecular biology techniques in monitoring of invertebrate fitness and condition;
  • trade-off, energy allocation and calorimetry in invertebrate ecotoxicology;
  • innate immunity markers in relation to external stressors;
  • biotests in aquatic environment monitoring.

Unique resources of the Department:

  • multigenerational (150 generations) cadmium-selected strain of a model species Spodoptera exigua;
  • multigenerational strains of crickets of long- and short lifespan;
  • newly-established strains of crickets with eye-color mutations (white- and yellow eyed crickets);
  • multigenerational laboratory strain of the spiders Parasteatoda tepidariorum and Steatoda grossa;
  • calorimetric microbomb;

For students:

  • Erasmus +:
    • Ecotoxicology
    • Basics of animal physiology
  • PhD studies on Advanced methods in biotechnology and biodiversity:
    • Biomarkers in monitoring exposure and effects of xenobiotics in the environment;
    • Effective Presentation Workshop.