Connecting European Neuroscience

Elżbieta Pyza

ORDINARY MEMBER, COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE (2016-2018)

CURRICULUM VITAE

Academic Degrees:

1981 M. Sc. Zoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1990 Ph. D. Zoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1999 Dr. Habil. (D. Sc. ), Faculty of Biological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2003 Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Position Held:

1981- 1987, Assistant, Zoological Museum, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1987-1990, Senior Assistant, Zoological Museum, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1990-1992, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, Life Science Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N. S., Canada

1992-1995, Researcher, Zoological Museum, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1995-2005 Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N. S., Canada

1995-1999, Assistant Professor, Zoological Museum, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

1999-2001 Associate Professor, Zoological Museum, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2001- 2004 Associate Professor and Head, Department of Cytology and Histology, Head of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2004 – Professor and Head, Department of Cell Biology and Imaging, Head of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.

Honours and Awards

Prize of the Polish Chronobiology Project, (1988, 1989),

Rector's Award, Jagiellonian University (1989, 1990, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2014),

International Scientific Exchange Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (1993-1994)

International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1995-2000)

Travel Award of the Batory Foundation (1998)

Dr. Habil. Degree with Distinction (1999)

A. Krzyżanowski Fellowship, Jagiellonian University (2001)

Member of Neurobiology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2003-2006, 2011-till present)

Member of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain

Member of Editorial Board of journals: Wszechswiat, Folia Biologica, Frontiers in Physiology Polish Academy of Science 2006 Award for Research on Biological Rhythms

Silver Cross Award of the President of Poland for scientific achievements, Warsaw, October 9, 2007

Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU) (from 20/06/2009).

General administrative and organisational experience

Organization of:

1. BAW in Krakow, Poland since 1999 till now.

2. Symposia: Int. Congress of PNS (1999, 2001, 2007, 2011), 19th National Meeting of BNA, Harrogate, 2007,

SETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting, Warsaw, 2009, Int. Congress of CPB, Nagoya, Japan, 2011.

3. Central European Conference of Neurobiology, Kraków, 2001.

4. National Brain Bee Competition since 2008 till now.

6.7th Int. Congress of PNS, Kraków, 2005.

7. Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, Krakow, 2007.

8. EU-Clock Summer School on Chronobiology Krakow, 2009.

9. Other international conferences in Krakow 2011, 2013, 2015.

Responsibilites as officer: Polish Neuroscience Society,

Polish Copernicus Society of Naturalists (President),

Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Expertise in communication, public outreach, public relations

Every year, since 1999 till now, I have been given several interviews for TV, Radio and press on various Neuroscience topics. I have been a person to speak to media as International Scholar of the HHMI on behalf of Participants of the HHMI Programme for Central and Eastern European Countries.

Research interests

Neuroscience, Insect Physiology and Behaviour, Cell Biology and Ecotoxicology

I am interested in plasticity of synapses, neurons and glial cells, particularly in circadian structural plasticity using Drosophila melanogaster and mice as experimental models. In addition I am interested in circadian rhythms in behaviour and in processes in the brain, as well as in molecular mechanisms of plasticity and circadian clocks.

Publications

1. Gorska-Andrzejak J., Damulewicz M., Pyza E. (2015) Circadian changes in neuronal networks. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 7: 76-81.

2. Damulewicz M., Łoboda A., Bukovska-Strakova K., Józkowicz A., Dulak J., Pyza, E. (2015) Clock and clock- controlled genes are differently expressed in the retina, lamina and in selected cells of the visual system of Drosophila melanogaster. Front. Cell. Neurosci., 9: 353.

3. Woźnicka O., Gӧrlich A., Sigrist S., Pyza E. (2015) BRP-170 and BRP-190 isoforms of Bruchpilot protein differentially contribute to the ferquency of synapses and synaptic circadian plasticity in the visual system of Drosophila. Front. Cell. Neurosci., 9: 238.

4. Jasińska M., Grzegorczyk A., Woznicka O., Jasek E., Kossut M., Barbacka-Surowiak G., Litwin J., Pyza E. (2015) Circadian rhythmicity of synapses in mouse somatosensory cortex. Eur. J. Neurosci. 42: 2585-2594.

5. Damulewicz M., Rosato E., Pyza E. (2013) Circadian regulation of the Na+/K+-ATPase alpha subunit in the visual system is mediated by the pacemaker and by retina photoreceptors in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 8: e73690.

6. Górska-Andrzejak J., Makuch R., Stefan J., Gorlich A., Semik D., Pyza E. (2013). Circadian expression of the presynaptic active zone protein Bruchpilot in the lamina of Drosophila melanogaster. Develop. Neurobiol. 73:14-26.

7. Pyza E. (2010). Circadian rhythms in the fly’s visual system. In: Darlene A. Dartt, ed. Encyclopedia of the Eye, Vol 1. Oxford: Academic Press, pp. 302-311.

8. Weber, P., Kula-Eversole, E., Pyza E., (2009). Circadian control of dendrite morphology in the visual system of Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 4: e4290.

9. Pyza E. and Górska J. (2004). Involvement of glial cells in rhythmic size changes in neurons of the housefly’s visual system. J. Neurobiol. 59: 205-215.

10. Pyza E. and Meinertzhagen I. A. (1995). Monopolar cell axons in the first optic neuropil of the housefly, Musca domestica L., undergo daily fluctuations in diameter that have a circadian basis. J. Neurosci. 15: 407-418.

Elżbieta Pyza

Head and Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Imaging, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University
Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Krakow, Poland.

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