Every 2 seconds someone aged 30 to 70 years dies prematurely from non-communicable diseases such as stroke or diabetes. And yes, we already know that our diet puts us at a greater risk of developing this type of condition. But is it possible that our eating habits can also influence the health of future generation? And to go one step further – can breaking our bad dietary behaviors improve the well-being of our children? Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
Monika M. Kaczmarek is a professor at the Department of Hormonal Action Mechanisms in the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Polish Academy of Science in Olsztyn, where she also leads Molecular Biology Core Facility. Her research interests are wide, but at the very most related to biology of reproduction, which for almost a decade have been focused on untangling the role of non-coding RNAs in embryo-maternal dialog leading to successful pregnancy. In 2009-10 she visited Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program. Since then her interests evolved towards understanding the mechanisms of nutritional programming of reproductive performance over generations. Since early stages of her scientific career she acknowledges the fundamental role of international research cooperation in accelerating joint progress of global science.
Monika is strongly committed to promoting new generations of researchers. She is a mentor in the TopMinds training and mentoring Program for young scientists. She has an extensive track record of lectures on the topics related to reproduction and endocrinology delivered both in-house and outside her host Institute, e.g., at the Warsaw University of Life Science and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as outside the academia. Monika is dedicated to translating her research findings to the society and actively engages in science celebration events such as the European Researchers’ Night.
She was awarded several scientific fellowships and research grants and has provided a broad range of services to the scientific community as well as governmental and professional organizations. In the past she was a member of The Polish Young Academy and Council of the National Congress of Science. In 2017 she joined Board of Directors of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission.
She loves to travel and modern dance performances. Her life motto is “Go beyond your limits on an everyday basis”. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx