Department of Genetics


  • Head of the Department:
    • Professor Iwona Szarejko
  • Academic Teachers:
    • Professor Małgorzata D. Gaj
    • Damian Gruszka, PhD, DSc
    • Mirosław Kwaśniewski, PhD, DSc
    • Agata Daszkowska-Golec, PhD
    • Justyna Guzy-Wróblewska, PhD
    • Agnieszka Janiak, PhD
    • Marzena Kurowska, PhD
    • Marek Marzec, PhD
    • Katarzyna Nowak, PhD
    • Miriam Szurman-Zubrzycka, PhD
    • Anna Wójcik, PhD
    • Barbara Wójcikowska, PhD
    • Monika Gajecka, MSc
  • Technical Staff:
    • Beata Chmielewska, PhD
    • Małgorzata Nawrot, PhD
    • Janusz Jelonek, MSc
    • Agnieszka Kiwior-Wesołowska, MSc
    • Grażyna Skawińska-Zydroń, MSc
    • Justyna Zbieszczyk

Main field of research:

  • Identification and determining the role of genes involved in barley in the processes of:
    • root system development with the special emphasis on morphogenesis of root hairs
    • metabolism of brassinosteroids and strigolactanest
    • response to abiotic stresses, especially water deficit
    • DNA repair
  • Dciphering the role of epigenetic modifications, especially DNA methylation, in the adaptation of plants to environmental stress conditions
  • Analysis of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms engaged in plant regeneration in vitro:
    • identification of major genes controlling developmental plasticity of plant cells and elucidating their regulation at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional level in Arabidopsis
    • determination of molecular and cytological processes related to the phenomenon of albinism during androgenesis in barley

Unique resources of the Department:

  • TILLING platform in barley (DNA and seed bank of ca. 8000 M2 plants and their progeny derived from chemical mutagenesis of spring cv. ‘Sebastian; protocol for efficient screening for mutations in genes of interest)
  • Collection of barley mutants including root hair mutants, semi-dwarf and dwarf forms, mutants with changed response to abiotic stresses, morphological traits etc.
  • An automated, flood-and-drain based root phenotyping system for cereals


For students:

  • Erasmus +:
    • Plant Micropropagation
    • Mutagenesis;
    • Seminar - Department of Genetics
  • PhD studies on Advanced methods in biotechnology and biodiversity:
    • Plant functional genomics;
    • Plant morphogenesis in vivo and in vitro;
    • Practical bioinformatics.