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Barbara Uszczyńska-Ratajczak

I graduated from the Wrocław University of Technology and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. In 2013, I obtained my PhD degree in chemical sciences at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS. For my postdoc, I moved to the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, where I joined the group of Roderic Guigó, a recognized leader in computational biology with impressive contributions to genomics and transcriptomics. In 2013, I also became a member of the GENCODE project aiming to provide high quality, evidence-based annotation for human and mouse genomes. Since 2020 I have been leading a computational biology group at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS in Poznań.

My major research interests focus on annotation and functional characterization of vertebrate lncRNAs, including zebrafish as a model organism. I support the development of revolutionary new methods for full-length lncRNA annotation at high-throughput scales. My research is funded by the National Science Centre Poland. I was honoured to receive prestigious scholarships including MNiSW and L`Oreal Poland for Women in Science.