Profile – Dr. Emilia Bagnicka
IGA Regional Director for Eastern Europe
Dr. Bagnicka works for the Polish Academy of Sciences in their Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding. Her research areas include quantitative genetics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, and milk quality. Before becoming a Regional Director, Emilia served as the IGA Country Representative for Poland.
Emilia was the first person in Poland to estimate the genetic parameters and breeding values of production traits. She was also one of the first in the world, and the first in Poland, to estimate genetic parameters of functional traits in the Polish goat population.
Together with her team, Emilia confirmed the contribution of antimicrobial peptides in defense of dairy cow mammary gland against bacterial pathogens and selected genes with varied expressions in udder with Staphylococcus infection. It was one of the first studies in the world with microarray method concerning expression profile of genes involved in cow mammary gland defense against Staphylococcus bacteria. These genes are currently under analysis in epigenetic studies.
In collaboration with another IGA member, Prof. Jarosław Kaba (WULS-SGGW, Vet. Med. Faculty), she established an influence of SRLV infection on the expression levels of cytokines and acute phase proteins in blood leukocytes and milk somatic cells on the mRNA and protein levels.
Emilia is the Secretary of the Scientific Council for IGAB. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the website Kozi Serwis. She is supervising three Ph.D. students. She is also co-author of two patents: No. PL406168 and PL405282.
The Scientific Council of IGAB PAS and Agricultural, Forestry and Veterinary Sciences Division of PAS highlighted Emilia’s Ph.D. and habilitation thesis. She was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit. She has more than 300 scientific papers (approx. 80 on JCR list), 20 reviews, 50 popular papers, 8 book chapter, and 170 conference reports.
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