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dr Magdalena Płecha

Scientific interests

  • Microorganisms and genomics in application studies
  • Genomics and transcryptomics of microorganisms
  • Conservation and population genetics
  • Evolutionism


Research projects

  1. Is consortium of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and lactic acid bacteria (LAB) from Lactobacillus order capable to break down gluten? Mikrogrant, IDUB
  2. Biostarters development for dry aged beef production, NCBiR (head dr Julia Pawłowska)
  3. Evolution of phototrophy in eukaryotes, EMBO Installation Grant (head dr hab. Anna Karnkowska)
  4. Opus 10 i 11: „Evolution of introns in nuclear genes of euglenids” i „Characteristics of nonconventional introns in nuclear genes of euglenids” (head dr hab. Rafał Milanowski)
  5. Adnotation of circular transcriptome from selected representatives of the Euglenozoa and Alveolata groups utilising NGS data. DSM

Previous projects

  • Researching methods of circRNAseq for non-model organisms from the Euglenea group, DSM
  • Execution of genetic analyses of three populations of Zostera marina utilising AFLP markers, DSM
  • Restitution of the key ecosystem elements of the inner Pucka Bay „ZOSTERA”, financed by the European Union
  • Genetic analysis of economically important fish species due to rebuilding their populations in Polish waters, financed by NCBiR


  • University of Oslo, Norway, National Centre for Biosystematics (NCB), Natural History Museum, Exchange Scholar (07.2015)
  • The University of California, Irvine, USA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Visiting Junior Research Scholar (January 2013 –  March 2013), Visiting Research Scholar ( July 2013 –  October 2013)
  • Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics PAS, Warsaw, internship (2008 – 2009)

Prizes and distinctions

  • First prize for “Open Science Project proposal”, #NGSchool2017, 2017
  • ESF Research Networking Programmes. Short Visit Travel Grant Award, Norway, Oslo, 2014

Other information

  • Institute of Evolutionary Biology website editor
  • Scientific popularisation and promotion activity: Przekrój, Świat Nauki, Radio Czwórka, Wiadomości Hydrobiologiczne, Twenergy blog – author and co-author of texts and auditions, editor and translator
  • Author of the „bioalternatywa” blog

Various works

  1. Tatarek A., Wiktor J. Jr, Wiktor J., Płecha M., Węsławski J. M., 2017, Self-renewal of Zostera marina meadows in the Gulf of Gdańsk, Restoration Ecology, in review



Panagiotopoulou, Hanna; Marzecki, Kacper; Gawor, Jan; Kuhl, Heiner; Koper, Michał; Weglenski, Piotr; Fajkowska, Magdalena; Szczepkowski, Mirosław; Baca, Mateusz; Gessner, Joern; Płecha, Magdalena; Rzepkowska, Małgorzata

Extensive search of genetic sex markers in Siberian (Acipenser baerii) and Atlantic (A. oxyrinchus) sturgeons Journal Article

In: Aquaculture, vol. 573, 2023, ISSN: 0044-8486.

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Jagielska, Maria; Hałakuc, Paweł; Płecha, Magdalena; Milanowski, Rafał

Mitochondrial genomes – unity and diversity Journal Article

In: Postępy Biochemii, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 113-121, 2023.

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Przybylski, Wiesław; Jaworska, Danuta; Płecha, Magdalena; Dukaczewska, Karina; Ostrowski, Grzegorz; Sałek, Piotr; Sawicki, Krzysztof; Pawłowska, Julia

Fungal Biostarter Effect on the Quality of Dry-Aged Beef Journal Article

In: Foods, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1330, 2023, ISSN: 2304-8158.

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Grond, Joost; Płecha, Magdalena; Hahn, Christoph; Wiig, Øystein; Bachmann, Lutz

Mitochondrial genomes of ancient bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) from Svalbard Journal Article

In: Mitochondrial DNA Part B, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 4152–4154, 2019, ISSN: 2380-2359.

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Płecha, Magdalena; Panagiotopoulou, Hanna; Popović, Danijela; Michalska-Parda, Aleksandra; Gromadka, Robert; Węgleński, Piotr; Stanković, Anna

Microsatellite multiplexes for the genetic analyses of northern pike (Esox lucius) populations Journal Article

In: Fisheries & Aquatic Life, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 33–40, 2019, ISSN: 2545-059X.

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Gumińska, Natalia; Płecha, Magdalena; Walkiewicz, Halszka; Hałakuc, Paweł; Zakryś, Bożena; Milanowski, Rafał

Culture purification and DNA extraction procedures suitable for next-generation sequencing of euglenids Journal Article

In: Journal of Applied Phycology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 3541–3549, 2018, ISSN: 1573-5176.

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Gumińska, Natalia; Płecha, Magdalena; Zakryś, Bożena; Milanowski, Rafał

Order of removal of conventional and nonconventional introns from nuclear transcripts of Euglena gracilis Journal Article

In: PLoS Genetics, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. e1007761, 2018, ISSN: 15537404.

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Panagiotopoulou, Hanna; Austin, James D; Zalewska, Katarzyna; Gonciarz, Magdalena; Czarnogórska, Kinga; Gawor, Jan; Weglenski, Piotr; Popović, Danijela

Microsatellite Mutation Rate in Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) Journal Article

In: Journal of Heredity, vol. 108, no. 6, pp. 686-692, 2017, ISSN: 0022-1503.

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Gonciarz, Magdalena; Wiktor, Józef; Tatarek, Agnieszka; Węgleński, Piotr; Stanković, Anna

Genetic characteristics of three Baltic Zostera marina populations Journal Article

In: Oceanologia, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 549-564, 2014, ISSN: 0078-3234.

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