Ph.D. in Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Master in Plant Biology (Specialization in Plant Cell Biology and Development of Plants), AgroParisTech and University Paris XI, France

1999 – 2004
Engineer and Master of Forest Science, Faculty of Forestry, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

Research positions

2017 – present
Assistant professor, Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, University of Montreal, Canada

2013 – 2017
Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

2010 – 2013
Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland


“Understanding morphogenesis: Control of organ growth at cellular resolution in plant”
Kierzkowski D. – invited speaker.
Bio-Talent Workshop: Introduction to Systems Biology, 17 March 2016, Poznan, Poland.

“Interaction between meristem tissue layers controls phyllotaxis”
Kierzkowski D., Lenhard M., Smith R., & Kuhlemeier C.
6th Conference of Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology, 16-19 September 2013, Lodz, Poland.

“Importance of epidermis for phyllotaxis”
Kierzkowski D., Lenhard M., Smith R., & Kuhlemeier C.
Plant Biology Congress, 29 July – 3 August 2012, Freiburg, Germany.

“Measuring elasticity of cell walls in shoot apical meristem”
Kierzkowski D.
23rd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, 3-7 July 2012, Vienna, Austria.

“Protein-protein interactions within cap-binding complex (CBC) and with pri-miRNA processing machinery components in living Arabidopsis thaliana cells”
Kierzkowski D., Kmieciak M., Piontek P., Wojtaszek P., Szweykowska-Kulinska Z., & Jarmolowski A.
4th Conference of Polish Sociaty of Experimental Plant Biology, 21-25 September 2009, Krakow, Poland.

I am also author of dozen conference posters.


2012 – Award for best poster presentation on the Tri-national Arabidopsis Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2009 – Fellowship for the best Ph.D. students from the Foundation of Adam Mickiewicz University.

2008-2009 – Grant founded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

2004 – The J. Zielinski Award for best M.Sc. research dissertation at Poznan University of Life Sciences.

2003 – The Polish Minister of National Education Award for best students in Poland.

1998 – II place in national competition of nature photography “Foto-Eko”.


“General botany”
60 h of practicals during Ph.D.

“Genetic engineering and molecular biology”
200 h of practicals during Ph.D.

“Plant reproduction”
50 h of lectures and practicals during postdoc in Bern, including design of new teaching materials.

“Involvement in supervision of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students”
Szymon Tylewicz, during my PhD in Poznan.
Anna Mrozinska, during my PhD in Poznan.
Maxime Auzon-Cupe, during my postdoc in Bern.
Aleksandra Sapala, during my postdoc in Cologne.

I was also a participant of “Didactics in Biology” course held in Bern in 2010.

Services for community

2013 – present – MorphoGraphX software trainings at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

2010 – 2013 – Responsible for maintenance and training for the confocal microscope a the Institute of Plant Sciences, Bern, Switzerland.


Confocal microscopy (including time-lapse imaging), FP localisation, protein-protein interactions by FRET and BiFC, immunolocalization of proteins, GUS-staining, scanning and transmission EM.

Molecular biology
DNA isolation, PCR, classical and Gateway cloning, Cre/loxP system, protoplasts transfection, plant transformation, and mutant analysis.

Windows and Linux, HTML, image processing and analysis using MorphoGraphX, Imaris, ImageG, AxioVision, Photoshop and Gimp softwares.

Polish (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (communicative).

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