Malgorzata Kotula-Balak was born in Rzeszow, Poland, in 1975. She received an M.S. degree in biology and a Ph.D. degree from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Australian Foundation Group of Eight (Go8) at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, SA, Australia), Laboratory of Molecular Reproduction (Head: Dr. Richard Ivell), and Society, Environment, and Technology Programme (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland) at National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA), Section on Endocrinology and Genetics (Head: Dr. Constantine A. Stratackis). Kotula-Balak currently serves as an Assistant Professor (with habilitation 2014) in the Department of Endocrinology, Institute of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences at the Jagiellonian University. She is an academic teacher in endocrinology and animal physiology and Supervisor and Reviewer of B.S. and M.S. degrees theses. Kotula-Balak is an executor and coexecutor of many research grants and projects. Her research interests are focused on physiology and toxicology of the male reproductive system of animals and human. She is interested in the role of estrogens in testis, mechanisms of xenoestrogen action, and effects of xenoestrogens on Leydig cells and spermatozoa function as well as steroidogenesis, steroidogenic enzymes (hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases and aromatase), and steroid receptors (estrogen receptors and androgen receptors). Her research was presented during many international conferences on andrology, reproduction, and cyto/histochemistry fields. She published original papers (total IF = 83.6), book chapters, and monographs. She is acting as a referee for national and international scientific journals. Kotula-Balak is a Member of the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology, the Polish Society of Andrology, and the Society of Biology of Reproduction.
Biography Updated on 30 January 2015