I am a Research Assistant Professor with the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences (M–NIMBS) and the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland. I earned my doctorate in immunology from the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland. In 1989, I obtained a Postdoctoral Scholarship founded by the Alfred Jurzykowski foundation at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pathology, New York, New York. In 1991, I was appointed a Research Associate in the Department of Immunochemistry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I investigated the mechanism and prevention of septic shock. In 1993, I was appointed a Research Associate in the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, where I concluded my study on septic shock by developing a clinically useful diagnostic assay to detect early septic shock in trauma patients. I joined the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Michigan in 1997 as a Research Associate II. In 2000, I was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan first as a Research Investigator and currently as Research Assistant Professor in M–NIMBS, Division of Allergy, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Michigan.
My major areas of research concentrate in two fields of biological science: host defense immunology and mechanisms of Programmed Cell Death (PCD) and its relation to the health status of an individual.
I work on these areas of expertise by contributing to three multidisciplinary projects. The first focuses on preventing pathogens from entering the human body, which is a major goal in the development of counter measures to Biological Warfare. The second works towards the development of new therapeutics for cancer, based on a dendrimer polymer platform. The third concentrates on development of bio-molecular sensors for real-time monitoring of radiation-induced biologic effects in space.