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Magdalena Julkowska

Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interests

The exposure to salt stress affects not only plant growth but also distribution of the mass between individual plant organs. I am interested how this change in plant architecture is accomplished and how it affects plant performance and its salinity tolerance. By combining various approaches such as developmental plant biology, descriptive growth models, bioinformatics and quantitative genetics I would like to disentangle which plant architecture traits and genetic components are contributing to salinity tolerance.

Selected Publications

  • “Capturing Arabidopsis Root Architecture Dynamics with ROOT-FIT Reveals Diversity in Responses to Salinity.” Magdalena M Julkowska, Huub C J Hoefsloot, Selena Mol,Richard Feron, Gert-Jan de Boer, Michel A Haring, Christa Testerink 2014. Plant Physiology
  •     “Identification and Functional Characterization of the Arabidopsis Snf1-Related Protein Kinase SnRK2.4 Phosphatidic Acid-Binding Domain.” Magdalena M Julkowska*, Fionn McLoughlin*, Carlos S Galvan-Ampudia, Johanna M Rankenberg, Dorota Kawa, Maria Klimecka, Michel A Haring, Teun Munnik, Edgar E Kooijman,Christa Testerink 2014. Plant, Cell & Environment.
  •     “A Mixed-Model QTL Analysis for Salt Tolerance in Seedlings of Crop-Wild Hybrids of Lettuce.” Zhen Wei, Magdalena M. Julkowska, Jacques-Olivier Laloë,Yorike Hartman, Gert-Jan de Boer, Richard W. Michelmore,Peter H. van Tienderen, Christa Testerink, M. Eric Schranz 2014. Molecular Breeding: 1–12.
  •     “Halotropism Is a Response of Plant Roots to Avoid a Saline Environment.” Carlos S Galvan-Ampudia, Magdalena M Julkowska, Essam Darwish, Jacinto Gandullo, Ruud A Korver, Geraldine Brunoud,Michel A Haring, Teun Munnik, Teva Vernoux, Christa Testerink,  2013. Current Biology 23(20): 2044–50.

Education Profile

2005 - 2008 - BSc in Biology, University of Amsterdam
2008 - 2010 - MSc in Green Life Sciences, cum laude, University of Amsterdam
2010 - 2015 - PhD in Plant Physiology, University of Amsterdam

Professional Profile

2015-Present: Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Desert Agriculture KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia