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dr Anna Karnkowska

Scientific interests

My research focuses on the diversity, evolution and ecology of eukaryotic microorganisms (Protista). I work on the evolution of the eukaryotic cell, including the topics of the origin, evolution and reduction of organelles of endosymbiotic origins, as well as horizontal gene transfer in Eukaryotes. I also study the diversity and the role of photosynthetic and parasitic eukaryotic microorganisms in water habitats.

Didactics

  • Practical Bioinformatics
  • Biology of eukaryotic microorganisms
  • Botany
  • Evolutionism for Bioinformatics and systems biology
  • Molecular methods in ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Publication strategy
  • Modern biology

Research projects

Internships

  • Botany Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (scientific supervisor: Prof. Patrick Keeling), January 2016 – December 2016, Postdoc
  • Department of Cell Biology, University of Alberta, Canada (scientific supervisor: Prof. Joel B. Dacks), April 2014 – September 2014, scientific internship
  • Parasitology Department, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (scientific supervisor: Dr hab. Vladimir Hampl), January 2013 – December 2015, Postdoc.

Prizes and distinctions

  • L’oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award (2021)
  • Prof. Pieńkowski Award (2020)
  • The Science and Higher Education Minister’s Stipend for outstanding young scientists (2018)
  • Foundation for Polish Science Stipend START (2013)
  • President of the Council of Ministers Award for PhD thesis (2012)

Selected publications

2021

Kostygov, Alexei Y; Karnkowska, Anna; Votypka, Jan; Tashyreva, Daria; Maciszewski, Kacper; Yurchenko, Vyacheslav; Lukes, Julius

Euglenozoa : taxonomy, diversity and ecology, symbioses and viruses Journal Article

Open Biology, 11 (3), pp. 200407-200407, 2021, ISBN: 0000000337.

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2020

Kayama, Motoki; Maciszewski, Kacper; Yabuki, Akinori; Miyashita, Hideaki; Karnkowska, Anna; Kamikawa, Ryoma

Highly reduced plastid genomes of the non-photosynthetic dictyochophyceans Pteridomonas spp. (Ochrophyta, SAR) are retained for tRNA-Glu-based organellar heme biosynthesis. Journal Article

Frontiers in Plant Science, 11 , pp. 1859 , 2020.

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Lukešová, Soňa; Karlicki, Michał; Hadariová, Lucia Tomečková; Szabová, Jana; Karnkowska, Anna; Hampl, Vladimír

Analyses of environmental sequences and two regions of chloroplast genomes revealed the presence of new clades of photosynthetic euglenids in marine environments Journal Article

Environmental Microbiology Reports, 12 (1), pp. 78-91, 2020.

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2019

Maciszewski, Kacper; Karnkowska, Anna

Should I stay or should I go? Retention and loss of components in vestigial endosymbiotic organelles Journal Article

Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 58-59 , pp. 33-39, 2019, ISSN: 0959-437X, (Evolutionary genetics).

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Han, Kwi Young; Maciszewski, Kacper; Graf, Louis; Yang, Ji Hyun; Andersen, Robert A; Karnkowska, Anna; Yoon, Hwan Su

Dictyochophyceae Plastid Genomes Reveal Unusual Variability in Their Organization Journal Article

Journal of Phycology, 55 (5), pp. 1166-1180, 2019.

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Karnkowska, Anna; Treitli, Sebastian C; Brzoň, Ondřej; Novák, Lukáš; Vacek, Vojtěch; Soukal, Petr; Barlow, Lael D; Herman, Emily K; Pipaliya, Shweta V; Pánek, Tomáš; Žihala, David; Petrželková, Romana; Butenko, Anzhelika; Eme, Laura; Stairs, Courtney W; Roger, Andrew J; Eliáš, Marek; Dacks, Joel B; Hampl, Vladimír

The Oxymonad Genome Displays Canonical Eukaryotic Complexity in the Absence of a Mitochondrion Journal Article

Molecular Biology and Evolution, 36 (10), pp. 2292-2312, 2019, ISSN: 0737-4038.

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2018

Karnkowska, Anna; Bennett, Matthew S; Triemer, Richard E

Dynamic evolution of inverted repeats in Euglenophyta plastid genomes Journal Article

Scientific Reports, 8 (1), pp. 16071, 2018, ISSN: 2045-2322.

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Strassert, Jürgen F H; Karnkowska, Anna; Hehenberger, Elisabeth; del Campo, Javier; Kolisko, Martin; Okamoto, Noriko; Burki, Fabien; Janouškovec, Jan; Poirier, Camille; Leonard, Guy; Hallam, Steven J; Richards, Thomas A; Worden, Alexandra Z; Santoro, Alyson E; Keeling, Patrick J

Single cell genomics of uncultured marine alveolates shows paraphyly of basal dinoflagellates Journal Article

The ISME Journal, 12 (1), pp. 304–308, 2018, ISSN: 1751-7370.

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2016

Karnkowska, Anna; Hampl, Vladimir

The curious case of vanishing mitochondria Journal Article

Microbial Cell, 3 (10), pp. 491–494, 2016, ISSN: 23112638.

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Karnkowska, Anna; Vacek, Vojtěch; Zubáčová, Zuzana; Treitli, Sebastian C; Petrželková, Romana; Eme, Laura; Novák, Lukáš; Žárský, Vojtěch; Barlow, Lael D; Herman, Emily K; Soukal, Petr; Hroudová, Miluše; Doležal, Pavel; Stairs, Courtney W; Roger, Andrew J; Eliáš, Marek; Dacks, Joel B; Vlček, Čestmír; Hampl, Vladimír

A Eukaryote without a Mitochondrial Organelle Journal Article

Current Biology, 26 (10), pp. 1274-1284, 2016, ISSN: 0960-9822.

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2015

Karnkowska, Anna; Bennett, Matthew S; Watza, Donovan; Kim, Jong Im; Zakryś, Bożena; Triemer, Richard E

Phylogenetic Relationships and Morphological Character Evolution of Photosynthetic Euglenids (Excavata) Inferred from Taxon-rich Analyses of Five Genes Journal Article

Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 62 (3), pp. 362-373, 2015.

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