Dr Kamila Kwasniewska
Kamila graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2006 and continued with a Master's studies in the field of Botany, which she completed in 2008. She focused on studying the absorption of mineral forms of nitrogen and expression of genes encoding high-affinity transporters in Arabidopsis thaliana.
After arriving in Ireland, she undertook a research assistant position in the Plant Developmental Genetics Laboratory at Trinity College Dublin in 2011. At the same time, she was an external student of Molecular Biology at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. In 2012, she commenced a Ph.D. in the TCD’s Smurfit Institute with Prof. Wellmer’s, during which she investigated the novel functions of a transcription factor responsible for terminating the floral meristem activity in Arabidopsis thaliana. She graduated in 2017 and the same year took up the ERC Proof of Concept Post-doctoral position with Prof. McElwain’s at the Department of Botany, TCD. During this research project she worked on the development and commercialization of the first plant-based sensor kit for the standardization and calibration of controlled environment chambers.
Her current research project funded by iCRAG focuses on a citizen science project that involves the development of a ‘volcanic ash teabag kit’ for a preliminary experiment that will be carried out by the general public. The ‘T’ephra Bag Citizen Science Experiment project aims at collecting data on chemical weathering of volcanic ash concerning different Irish soil types as a new carbon emission-reducing technology. It also aims at engaging with the members of the public (primary school children and families) and educating citizens on the possible reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.