Researchers at UCD


Joanna Kacprzyk

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Teaching Fellow

School of Biology & Environmental Science
Science Centre West, room 1.46



As a Teaching Fellow in Prof. Teeling's lab I am involved in running numerous modules. I tremendously enjoy contact with my students and consider teaching a unique chance to instill in them a fascination and enthusiasm for Science. I am also very interested in outreach activities. I organised, run and promoted science outreach activities, including biology workshops for 2014 UCD Science Summer School and SFI Discover funded Science for Schools programme.

My postdoctoral work in Dr. Paul McCabe's laboratory is focused on exploring the plant programmed cell death (PCD). Programmed cell death is defined as the organised destruction of a cell and plays an important role in driving plant development, as a part of the defence arsenal against invading pathogens and in dealing with environmental stress. My research aspiration is to provide a seamless link between the basic and applied science by studying this fundamental mechanism.




Employer: SBES, University College Dublin
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Paul McCabe's lab
Employer: SBES, University College Dublin
Position: Teaching Fellow in Prof. Emma Teeling lab


Year 2009 Institution: Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Qualification: MSc Subject: Biotechnology, specialization in Technical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Year 2012 Institution: University College Dublin, SBES
Qualification: PhD Subject: Plant Science: A novel root hair assay and its application in plant programmed cell death research. Project under supervision of Dr. Paul McCabe



Book Chapters

Kacprzyk, J., Daly, C.T. and McCabe, P.F. (2011) 'The Botanical Dance of Death: Programmed cell death in plants' In: Kader, J-C. and Delseny, M (eds). Advances in Botanical Research. Vol. 60. UK: ABR, UK: Academic Press. , pp.169-261 [DOI] [Details]
Kacprzyk, J. and P.F. McCabe (2015) 'A root hair assay to expedite cell death research' In: J. Estevez (eds). Methods in Molecular Biology, Plant cell growth and expansion - Methods and Protocol's, Vol. 1242. New York: Springer Press. , pp.73-82 [DOI] [Details]
Reape, T.J., Kacprzyk, J., Brogan N., Sweetlove, L. and P.F. McCabe. (2015) 'Mitochondrial markers of programmed cell death' In: J. Whelan and M. W. Murcha (eds). Methods in Molecular Biology, Plant Mitochondria: Methods and Protocols Vol. 1305. New York: Springer Press. , pp.211-221 Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Hogg, B.V., Molony, E.M., Kacprzyk, J., O'Reilly, C., Gallagher, T.F., Gallois, P. and McCabe, P.F. (2011) 'An in vivo root hair assay for determining rates of apoptotic-like programmed cell death in plants'. Plant Methods, 7:45 . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Diamond M, Reape TJ, Rocha O, Doyle SM, Kacprzyk J, Doohan FM, McCabe PF (2013) 'The fusarium mycotoxin deoxynivalenol can inhibit plant apoptosis-like programmed cell death'. PLoS ONE, 8 (7). [DOI] [Details]
Ansari KI, Doyle SM, Kacprzyk J, Khan MR, Walter S, Brennan JM, Arunachalam CS, McCabe PF, Doohan FM (2014) 'Light influences how the fungal toxin deoxynivalenol affects plant cell death and defense responses'. Toxins, 6 (2):679-692. [DOI] [Details]
Kacprzyk, J., Devine, A. and P.F. McCabe (2014) 'The root hair assay facilitates the use of genetic and pharmacological tools in order to dissect multiple signalling pathways that lead to programmed cell death'. PLoS ONE, 9 . [DOI] [Details]



Modules Coordinated

201500   BIOL10120     Biology: Cell Biology & Genetics (NUin)
201500   ENVB30120     Environmental Biology: Genetics for Env. Sc. O/L