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A.M. (Aleksandra) Makowiecka, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Department
  • Surgery



My research interest focuses on cancer cells' invasion potential and their interaction with the microenvironment. Mainly, I am interested to understand the role of cancer-associated fibroblast and extracellular matrix proteins in cancer progression. I appreciate the multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach in cancer research to gain a broader insight into the complexity of tumor biology.



Education and career

In July 2019, I obtained my doctoral degree in Life Sciences at the Faculty of Biotechnology at the University of Wrocław (Poland). My doctoral dissertation and master thesis concentrated on the invasiveness of cancer cells and their interactions with the microenvironment. Throughout my career, I have been involved with different international and multidisciplinary projects. During my research fellowship at a laboratory at CNR-IOM Trieste (Italy), I studied the biomechanical properties of melanoma cells. As a postdoctoral researcher working at Wrocław University of Science and Technology, I worked on a project dedicated to monitoring the long-term response of the immune system after the SARS-COV-2 infection. In February 2023, I started working at the Department of Surgery, Erasmus MC on the KWF-founded project “Assessing the complex landscape of the cholangiocarcinoma microenvironment” supervised by Dr Monique Verstegen.


Changes in Biomechanical Properties of A375 Cells Due to the Silencing of TMSB4X Expression Are Not Directly Correlated with Alterations in Their Stemness Features. Makowiecka A., et al. (2021) Cells. 2021



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