Karolina Andralojc, PhD

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Dr. Andralojc earned her Master of Science at the University of Life Sciences in Poznan, Poland. She combined her research interest in the field of human embryology and endocrinology through a Marie Curie Fellowship to perform part of her PhD at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy. Outcomes of that research resulted in confirmation of the existence of a novel cell type within the endocrine pancreas (epsilon cells, secreting hormone ghrelin) and she was among the first to describe the developmental changes of ghrelin cells in the human pancreas. She joined the European Union BetaImage Project in Nijmegen, Netherlands to non-invasively image the pancreas, which resulted in establishing the first and most reliable tracer to image the pancreas in human in vivo. Her scientific work in the field of imaging transplanted beta cells using radio-labeled Exendin was honoured in 2012 during the EANM meeting in Birmingham with the Marie Curie Award in 2012, the most prestigious scientific award in the field of Nuclear Medicine in Europe.

In 2013 she joined a group of Dr. Dustin Updike in Bar Harbor, USA, where she has worked studying epigenetic mechanisms that regulate cellular totipotency and immortality in the germ cells of C. elegans. That work resulted in discovery of a new gene relevant for germ cell function (elli-1). Fascinated by the unique potential of the germ cells she continued to study their epigenetic mechanisms back in the Netherlands. For the last year Karolina is involved in research aiming in discovery of new biomarkers for cervical cancer.