Dr. Katarzyna Nowak
Katarzyna grew up in Lodz, Poland. She studied Biotechnology with specialization in Biochemistry at the International Faculty of Engineering (IFE) at the Technical University of Lodz, and spent one semester as an Erasmus student at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She did her Master thesis project in the Anthony Kossiakoff's lab at the University of Chicago, investigating cell-specific transport of siRNA into brain cancer cells through receptor-mediated delivery.
In August 2008, she joined Hugo Stocker's and Ernst Hafen’s lab as a PhD student within the PhD program of the Competence Centre of Systems Physiology and Metabolic Disease (CC-SPMD). In December 2012, she obtained her PhD and continued her research as a postdoctoral scientist. She used the eyes of Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study the processes enabling cancer cells to escape the growth-constraints imposed by environmental stresses.
Since 2015, her project in Ernst Hafen’s E-learning team focuses on the implementation of web-based tools and the flipped-classroom approach for new D-BIOL courses.
Nowak K., Seisenbacher G., Hafen E., Stocker H. Nutrient restriction enhances the proliferative potential of cells lacking the tumor suppressor PTEN in mitotic tissues. Elife. 2013 Jul 9;2:e00380. doi: 10.7554/eLife.00380. Print 2013.