Patrycja Wróblewska-Ankiewicz: The Plant Cell First Author

Patrycja Wróblewska-Ankiewicz, co-first author of “Functional nuclear retention of pre-mRNA involving Cajal bodies during meiotic prophase in European larch (Larix decidua)

Current Position: Ph.D. student at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Education: M.Sc. in Biology, and B.Sc. Biology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Non-scientific Interests: reading and gardening

Brief bio: I became interested in the nuclear retention of mRNA during my master thesis in the laboratory of Dariusz Jan Smoliński. During my thesis, I dealt with pre-mRNAs stored in Cajal bodies during meiotic prophase in the microsporocytes of Larix decidua Mill. Here I became interested in the mechanisms responsible for nuclear mRNA retention, especially retention introns in the pre-mRNA. In my Ph.D. work, I continued working on the phenomenon of transcripts retention in Cajal’s bodies. My current research focuses on understanding the degree of maturity of the transcripts present in Cajal bodies. My next goal is to understand the mechanism by which the transcripts are retained in Cajal’s bodies.