Dr Magdalena Owczarek-Kościelniak
- Taxonomy, ecology and distribution of lithobiontic and extremophilic fungi, with particular emphasis on the species of urbanized areas.
- Morphological variability and physiology of microcolonial fungi.
- Relation of the distribution of lithobiontic fungi and environmental pollution.
- Subaerial biofilm and the interactions of microorganisms contributing to the biodeterioration of buildings and monuments.
Higher education and employment history
- MScEng degree at the University of Agriculture, Kraków; Interfaculty Studies (2010).
- PhD degree at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2014).
- Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2014).
Membership and awards
- DOCTUS scholarship awarded by the Małopolska Centre of Entrepreneurship under the "Human Capital" Operational Programme 2007–2013 (2011–2014).
- Member of the Scientific Council of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2019).
- Secretary of the Doctoral Thesis Committee at the Scientific Council of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2019).
- Austria (2011) – 2-month research stay; Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
- Identification and attempt to recognize the "black yeast" in different environments: Interactions of "black yeast" with endophytes in the shoots of Juncus trifidus. Detection of "black yeast" in underground environments of touristic mines and caves (2009–2012); grant no. N N304 328 336; Ministry of Science and Higher Education/National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
- Sequencing of the ITS1–5.8S–ITS2 region of selected isolates of black yeasts (2011); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
- Ecophysiological characteristics of black yeasts isolates from limestone of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (2012); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
- Molecular identification of black yeasts isolated from limestones of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (2013); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
- Participation of lithobiontic fungi in colonization of building stone of urban infrastructure (2017); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
- Phylogeny of the fungal genus Knufia (Eurotiomycetes, Chaetothyriales) (2018); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
- Sooty moulds on ornamental woody plants in urban environments – diagnostics of causal agents of disease based on innovative integrative analyses of in vitro cultures and multilocus DNA sequences (2018–2021); grant no. 2017/27/B/NZ9/02902; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
- Understanding biodeterioration – biofilm and the colonized substrate. The use of metabarcoding in research on the destruction of stone (2020–2021); grant "MINIATURA 3" no. 2019/03/X/NZ9/01220; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.
Recent publications (selected)
Czachura P., Owczarek-Kościelniak M., Piątek M. 2021. Salinomyces polonicus: A moderately halophilic kin of the most extremely halotolerant fungus Hortaea werneckii. Fungal Biology 125: 459–468. DOI
Owczarek-Kościelniak M., Krzewicka B., Piątek J., Kołodziejczyk Ł.M., Kapusta P. 2020. Is there a link between the biological colonization of the gravestone and its deterioration? International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 148: 104879. DOI
Czachura P., Owczarek-Kościelniak M., Piątek M. 2019. Pseudodidymella fagi in Slovakia: first detection, morphology and culture characteristics. Forest Pathology 49: e12479. DOI
Owczarek-Kościelniak M., Sterflinger K. 2018. First records of Knufia marmoricola from limestone outcrops in the Wyżyna Krakowsko-Częstochowska Upland, Poland. Phytotaxa 357: 94–106. DOI
Owczarek-Kościelniak M.M., Chlebicki A., Sterflinger K. 2016. Aureobasidium pullulans from Juncus trifidus L. roots. Phytotaxa 266: 125–133. DOI