Institute

Paulina Janik

Research Assistant

Unit
Molecular Biogeography and Systematics Group
E‑mail
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Phone
+4812‑4241‑750
Address
Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland
Room
B‑402

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Research interests

  • Taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of nivicolous myxomycetes.
  • Intra- and interspecific morphological and genetical variability of myxomycetes, particularly nivicolous myxomycetes.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (2008).
  • Research Assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS.

Membership and awards

  • Member of International Society of Protistologists (since 2020)

International experience

  • Germany (2014) - research training at Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
  • China (2014) - research stay, revision of herbarium collections of nivicolous myxomycetes, Fungarium of Chinese Academy of Sciences (HMAS), Institute of Microbiology
  • Spain (2015) - research stay at Real Jardín Botánico, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Spain (2016) - scholarship UE SYNTHESYS (ES-TAF-5973) at Real Jardín Botánico, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Research projects

  • Preliminary assessment of morphological and genetical traits in the context of comprehensive variability analysis of a nivicolous myxomycete Didymium nivicolum Meyl. in its whole distribution range (2014); grant no. 10/2014, grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Analysis of intra- and interspecific variability of nivicolous myxomycetes in the context of resolving complex taxonomic problems (2015); grant no. 6/2015, grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Analysis of morphological variability and distribution of Andean populations of Didymium nivicolum Meyl. (Myxomycetes) (2016); grant no. 1/2016, grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Analysis of genetical variability of an endemic nivicolous myxomycete Physarum andinum A.Ronikier & Lado (Myxomycetes) (2017); grant no. 1/2017, grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Testing DNA isolation methods from small amounts of herbarium material: is it possible to overcome a major limitation in genetical analyses of myxomycetes? (2018); grant no. 4/2018, grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Mixobiota tropical. VI. Estudio biosistemático de Amoebozoa (Myxomycetes y Arcellinida) de los salares andinos (Neotropical Myxobiota. VI. A biosystematic study of the Amoebozoa (Myxomycetes and Arcellinidae) from the Andean salt flats) (2019-2021); grant no. PGC2018-094660-B-I00 (MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE), Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Government of Spain – co-investigator.

Recent publications (selected)

Janik P., Lado C., Ronikier A. 2020. Range-wide phylogeography of a nivicolous protist Didymium nivcola Meyl. (Myxomycetes, Amoebozoa): Striking contrasts between the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere. Protist 171: 125771. DOI

Janik P., Ronikier M., Ronikier A. 2020. New protocol for successful isolation and amplification of DNA from exiguous fractions of specimens: a tool to overcome the basic obstacle in molecular analyses of myxomycetes. PeerJ 8: e8406. DOI

Feng Y., Klahr A., Janik P., Ronikier A., Hoppe T., Novozhilov Y.K., Schnittler M. 2016. What an intron may tell: several sexual biospecies coexist in Meriderma spp. (Myxomycetes). Protist 167: 234–253. DOI

Janik P., Ronikier A. 2016. Meriderma species (Myxomycetes) from the Polish Carpathians: a taxonomic revision using SEM-visualized spore ornamentation. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 85: 3492. DOI

Wojtczak G., Janik P. 2016. Phytoremediation with Geosiphon-like symbiosis? Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23: 5992–5994. DOI