Dr Monika Kula-Maximenko

spectral composition of light • cosmic radiation • photosynthesis of algae and cyanobacteria • chemical composition of algae biomass • metalloproteins


    • Stepień K.
    • Skoneczna A.
    • Kula-Maximenko M.
    • Jurczyk L.
    • Molon M.
    • Disorders in the CMG helicase complex increase the proliferative capacity and delay chronological aging of budding yeast.
    • 2024.
    • Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Cell Research, 1871: 119621.
    • Frąszczak B.
    • Kula-Maximenko M.
    • Podsędek A.
    • Sosnowska D.
    • Unegbu K.C.
    • Spiżewski T.
    • Morphological and photosynthetic parameters of green and red kale microgreens cultivated under different light spectra.
    • 2023.
    • Plants-Basel, 12: 3800.
    • Guleken Z.
    • Ceylan Z.
    • Aday A.
    • Bayrak A.G.
    • Hindilerden I.Y.
    • Nalcaci M.
    • Jakubczyk P.
    • Jakubczyk D.
    • Kula-Maximenko M.
    • Depciuch J.
    • Detection of primary myelofibrosis in blood serum via Raman spectroscopy assisted by machine learning approaches; correlation with clinical diagnosis.
    • 2023.
    • Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, 53: 102706.
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2019               HERCULES European School: neutrons & synchrotron radiation for science, Université Grenoble Alpes (France)

2016 – 2017   postgraduate studies at the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology - 

                       Molecular biology 

2010 – 2015   International Doctoral Studies in Natural Sciences at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow

 Doctor degree in biology, specialization: plant physiology

 Title of thesis: “Effect of spectral composition of light on the photosynthesis, the metabolic activity and chemical composition of biomass in selected species of algae.”

2010 – 2012   postgraduate studies - The way to commercialization of life sciences research

2011               postgraduate studies at the University of Agriculture im. H. Kołłątaja w Krakowie -

                       The use of biomass for energy purposes

2009 – 2010   postgraduate studies - Waste and hazardous substances

2004 – 2008  master's degree from the Jagiellonian University

  Department of chemistry, faculty of environmental protection,

  Completed title: master of environmental biology



  • effect of the spectral composition of light on algal and cyanobacteria cultures
  • effect of cosmic rays on the biomass of algae and cyanobacteria 
  • photosynthesis in algae and cyanobacteria
  • accumulation of photosynthetic proteins 
  • reactive oxygen species 
  • metalloproteins 
  • metabolic response of algae to mycotoxins, herbicides, heavy metals, and municipal sewage 
  • cell morphology



- algae and cyanobacteria culture in bioreactors

- calorimetric analysis (isothermal calorimetry)

- fluorimetric analysis: measuring the activity of photosystem II and I (PSII and PSI)

- spectrofluorymetry analysis

- spectrophotometric analysis

- spectrometry analysis of FT-Raman

- electrophoretic techniques

- immunodetection (Western Blot)

- extraction of fatty acids

- optical and fluorescence microscopy



2021:             "Influence of simulated cosmic rays on the quality of Chlorella vulgaris biomass - a potential food source

                       for astronauts".

                       MINIATURA 5 (NCN), 2021/05/X/NZ9/00349

2019:             "The dependence of the structure and functioning of the photosynthetic apparatus of selected species of eukaryotic

                       algae and cyanobacteria on the spectral composition of light".

                       Project IPP PAS for Young Scientists

2016:           "Effect of silicon in the medium on the efficiency of the photosynthetic apparatus, the metabolic activity

                        and growth of green algae Chlorella vulgaris and Scenedesmus armatus".

                      Project MNiSW for Young Scientists

2010 – 2013:  "The development of physiological and technical assumptions for the production of algae for energy purposes".

                         Project MNiSW nr N N313 705940 - executor of the physiological



International Society on Biological Calorimetry - od 2012

The Organizing Committe for the XX Conference of the International Society for Biological Calorimetry (XX ISBC 2018) – “Biological Calorimetry: past, present and future”

Laureate of the doctoral scholarship: “Doctus - Malopolska scholarship fund for graduate students" (grant funded by the European Social Fund, the state budget and the budget of the Malopolska Region, as part of the Human Capital Operational Program 2007 – 2013)