Weronika B. Żukowska, PhD

Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences
Parkowa 5, PL-62-035 Kórnik, Poland
Tel.: +48-618170033
Fax: +48-618170166
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Research interests

My research focuses on genetic determinants of adaptive variation in woody species and ecological selection in plants. I am also interested in quaternary climate change and its impact on evolution and functioning of forest ecosystems. Recently, I have also taken an interest in genomic selection in plant breeding.

Brief CV

  • 2017 - PhD at Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kórnik, Poland
  • 2013 - research assistant at Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kórnik, Poland
  • 2011-2013: M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland


  1. Żukowska WB, Boratyńska K, Wachowiak W. 2015. Range-wide patterns of genetic differentiation at chloroplast microsatellites and selection at morphological traits in Pinus mugo Turra (dwarf mountain pine) (in review).
  2. Żukowska WB, Wachowiak W. 2015. Utility of closely related taxa for genetic studies of adaptive variation and speciation: current state and perspectives in plants with focus on forest tree species. Journal of Systematics and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/jse.12177.
  3. Wachowiak W, Cavers S, Żukowska WB. 2015. Interspecific gene flow and ecological selection in a pine (Pinus sp.) contact zone. Plant Systematics and Evolution 301(6):1643-1652. doi: 10.1007/s00606-014-1182-x.
  4. Wojtera-Kwiczor J, Żukowska WB, Graj W, Małecka A, Piechalak A, Ciszewska L, Chrzanowski Ł, Lisiecki P, Komorowicz I, Barałkiewicz D, Voss I, Scheibe R, Tomaszewska B. 2014. Rhizoremediation of diesel-contaminated soil with two rapeseed varieties and petroleum degraders reveals different responses of the plant defense mechanisms. International Journal of Phytoremediation 16(7-12):770-89. doi: 10.1080/15226514.2013.856848.


  1. Żukowska WB, Litkowiec M, Wójkiewicz B, Boratyńska K, Wachowiak W. Poster: The use of chloroplast microsatellite markers for the evaluation of genetic diversity of dwarf mountain pine (Pinus mugo Turra) populations within their native range. International Conference on “Genetic resources conservation – scientific and social challenges”, 25.06.2015, Karpacz, Poland.
  2. Żukowska WB, Litkowiec M, Wójkiewicz B, Boratyńska K, Wachowiak W. Poster: Range-wide analysis of genetic variation of Pinus mugo Turra using chloroplast microsatellites. IUFRO Tree Biotechnology 2015 Conference “Forests: the importance to the planet and society”, 08-12.06.2015, Florence, Italy.
  3. Żukowska WB, Graj W, Wojtera-Kwiczor J. Poster: The influence of the oxidative stress on the rhizoremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil. The First International Scientific Conference – Oxygenalia 2012, 26.10.2012, Poznań, Poland.