Dr Maria Pilarska

Department of Stress Biology
(+48) 12 4251833 (wew./ext. 138)
Abiotic stress • photosynthesis • leaf senescence • halophytes


    • Pilarska M.
    • Niewiadomska E.
    • Kruk J.
    • Salinity-induced changes in plastoquinone pool redox state in halophytic Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L..
    • 2023.
    • Scientific Reports, 13: 11160.
    • Zaffagnini M.
    • Pilarska M.
    • Niewiadomska E.
    • Editorial: Chloroplast redox state: new insights into stress responses and acclimation.
    • 2023.
    • Frontiers in Plant Science, 14: 1234946.
    • Pilarska M.
    • Bartels D.
    • Niewiadomska E.
    • Differential regulation of NAPDH oxidases in salt-tolerant Eutrema salsugineum and salt-sensitive Arabidopsis thaliana.
    • 2021.
    • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22: 10341..
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1. adaptations of halophytes (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum and Eutrema salsugineum) to salinity

  • the role of reactive oxygen species
  • influence of soil salinity on the photosynthetic apparatus

2. regulation of leaf senescence





                 - determination of PSII and PSI activity

              - analysis of chlorophyll fluorescence

              - spectrophotometric determination of enzyme activities

              - electrophoretic techniques (proteins, nucleic acids)

              - immunodetection (Western Blot)

              - immunolocalization of proteins and polysaccharides in tissue sections

              - gene expression analysis (qPCR)

              - cytological and histological analysis (conventional and fluorescence microscope)

              - in vitro culture methods



2014 - assistant professor at The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków

2011 Ph.D in Biology - Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2007-2008 Post-graduate studies in Pedagogy, Pedagogical University, Kraków, Poland

2005 -2010 Doctoral studies in Biology, Department of Plant Cytology and Embryology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland 

2005 M.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Biology and Earth Science (currently Faculty of Biology), Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland



02-10.11.2023 - research visit in Institute of Botany, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

February-June 2018 - research stay in the Institute of Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany; funded by National Science Centre Poland (Project MINIATURA, National Science Centre Poland)

15.06-20.08.2009 - British-Polish Young Scientists Programme (YSP) of British Council and Polish Ministry of Higher Education; research stay in the Cell Wall Lab, Centre for Plant Sciences, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

September-December 2008 - research stay in the framework of The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD Students, University Teachers and Researchers in the Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Nitra, Slovakia



Publications before 2014

Konieczny R., Śliwinska E., Pilarska M., Tuleja M. Morphohistological and flow cytometric analyses of somatic embryogenesis in Trifolium nigrescens Viv. 2012. Plant Cell Tiss Org. Cult. 109: 131-141.

Kuta E., Bohdanowicz J., Słomka A., Pilarska M., Bothe H. Floral structure and  pollen morphology of two zinc violets (Viola lutea ssp. calaminaria and V. lutea ssp. westfalica) indicate their taxonomic affinity to Viola lutea. 2012Plant Syst. Evol. 298:445–455.

Konieczny R., Pilarska M., Tuleja M., Salaj T., Ilnicki T. Somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration in zygotic embryos of Trifolium nigrescens (Viv.). 2010. Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cult. 100: 123-130.

Konieczny R., Kępczyński J., Pilarska M., Cembrowska D., Menzel D., Šamaj J.Cytokinin and ethylene affect auxin transport-dependent rhizogenesis in hypocotyls of common ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.). 2009. J. Plant Growth Regul. 28: 331-340.

Pilarska M., Czaplicki A., Konieczny R. Patterns of pectin epitope expression during shoot and root regeneration in androgenic cultures of two wheat cultivars. 2007. Acta Biol. Cracov. Bot. 49: 69-72.