I have Polish roots, but my intellectual germination started in the Netherlands, at the University of Amsterdam, where I obtained my BSc degree in General Biology and MSc degree in Green Life Science. I did two fun MSc projects, first one in Amsterdam, focusing on SnRK2.4/2.10 interaction with phospholipids and the second one in Canberra, on blue-light induced processes leading to germination of wheat.

Later, I was nurtured under the supervision of Prof. Christa Testerink, during my PhD project where I studied Root System Architecture of Arabidopsis HapMap population, developed a simple Root-Fit model to describe stress-induced reprogramming of the architecture, and explored the the salt induced changes in the rosette size

Right now I am having a post-doc fun by doing (kind of) independent research as a postdoc at KAUST, in Saudi Arabia. I am focusing on (1) salt-induced changes in root-to-shoot ratio in Arabidopsis, (2) study the expression patterns in plants with enhanced sodium accumulation in their roots and (3) developing tools for data analysis based on R/Shiny. 

I am passionate about capturing plant architecture using simple models, understanding plant physiology and salinity tolerance. I love coding in R, BIG data analysis and sharing whatever I know with whomever cares to listen. 

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Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Cell Biology, Development, Ecophysiology, Growth Regulation, Molecular Biology, Physiology


  • Julkowska, M.M., Koevoets, I.T., Mol, S., Hoefsloot, H.C.J., Feron, R., Tester, M., Keurentjes, J.J.B., Korte, A., Haring, M.A., de Boer, G.J., Testerink, C., Genetic Components of Root Architecture Remodeling in Response to Salt Stress, The Plant Cell Nov 2017, tpc.00680.2016; DOI: 10.1105/tpc.16.00680 ### >>> Article accompanied by the web-application Salt_NV_RootApp

  • Kawa, D., Julkowska, M.M., Montero-Sommerfeld, H., ter Horst ,A., Haring, M.A., Testerink, C., Phosphate-dependent root system architecture responses to salt stress. Plant Physiology 2016 Oct;172(2):690-706. 

  • Thoen, M. P. M., Davila Olivas, N. H., Kloth, K. J., Coolen, S., Huang, P.-P., Aarts, M. G. M., Bac-Molenaar, J. A., Bakker, J., Bouwmeester, H. J., Broekgaarden, C., Bucher, J., Busscher-Lange, J., Cheng, X., Fradin, E. F., Jongsma, M. A., Julkowska, M. M., Keurentjes, J. J. B., Ligterink, W., Pieterse, C. M. J., Ruyter-Spira, C., Smant, G., Testerink, C., Usadel, B., van Loon, J. J. A., van Pelt, J. A., van Schaik, C. C., van Wees, S. C. M., Visser, R. G. F., Voorrips, R., Vosman, B., Vreugdenhil, D., Warmerdam, S., Wiegers, G. L., van Heerwaarden, J., Kruijer, W., van Eeuwijk, F. A. and Dicke, M., Genetic architecture of plant stress resistance: multi-trait genome-wide association mapping. New Phytologist 2016 Feb;213(3):1346-1362 

  • Julkowska, M.M., Klei, K., Fokkens, L., Haring, M.A., Schranz, M.E., Testerink, C., (2016) Natural variation in rosette size under salt stress conditions corresponds to developmental differences between Arabidopsis accessions and allelic variation in the LRR-KISS gene. Journal of Experimental Botany, doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw015 

  • Julkowska, M.M., Testerink, C., (2015) Tuning plant signalling and growth to survive salt. Trends in Plant Science 20: 586-594 ### >>> Article featured on the September cover and accompanied by a video abstract video abstract

  • Julkowska, M.M., Hoefsloot, H.C.J., Mol, S., Feron, R., de Boer, G-J, Haring, M.A., Testerink, C., (2014) Capturing Arabidopsis root architecture dynamics with ROOT-FIT reveals diversity in responses to salinity. Plant Physiology 166: 1387-1402 

  • Julkowska, M.M., McLoughlin, F., Galvan-Ampudia, C.S., Rankenberg, J.M., Kawa, D., Klimecka, M., Haring, M.A., Munnik, T., Kooijman, E.E., Testerink, C., (2014). Identification and functional characterization of the Arabidopsis Snf1-related protein kinaseSnRK2.4 phosphatidic acid-binding domain. Plant Cell & Environment, doi:10.111/pce.12421  

  • Wei, Z., Julkowska, M.M., Laloe, J-O, Hartman, Y., de Boer, G-J., Michelmore, R.W., van Tienderen, P.H., Testerink, C., Schranz, M.E., (2014) A mixed-model QTL analysis for salt tolerance in seedlings of crop-wild hybrids of lettuce. Mol. Breeding, doi: 10.1007/s11032-014-0123-2 

  • Julkowska, M.M., Rankenberg, J.M., Testerink, C., (2013). Liposome-binding assays to assess specificity and affinity of phospholipid-protein interactions. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1009, 261-71. 

  • Galvan-Ampudia, C. S., Julkowska, M. M., Darwish, E., Gandullo, J., Korver, R. A., Brunoud, G., et al. (2013). Halotropism Is a Response of Plant Roots to Avoid a Saline Environment. Current Biology, 23(20), 2044–2050.  

  • Jacobsen, J. V., Barrero, J. M., Hughes, T., Julkowska, M., Taylor, J. M., Xu, Q., & Gubler, F. (2013). Roles for blue light, jasmonate and nitric oxide in the regulation of dormancy and germination in wheat grain (Triticum aestivum L.). Planta, 238(1), 121–138. 

  • McLoughlin, F., Galvan-Ampudia, C. S., Julkowska, M. M., Caarls, L., van der Does, D., Lauriere, C., et al. (2012). The Snf1-related protein kinases SnRK2.4 and SnRK2.10 are involved in maintenance of root system architecture during salt stress. The Plant Journal, 72(3), 436–449.  

  • Pribat, A., Sormani, R., RousseauGueutin, M., Julkowska, M. M., Testerink, C., Joubès, J., Castroviejo, M., Laguerre, M., Meyer, C., Germain, V., Rothan, C., (2012). A novel class of PTEN protein in displays unusual phosphoinositide phosphatase activity and efficiently binds phosphatidic acid. Biochemical Journal, 441(1), 161–171.  

Volunteer Activities

Assistant Feature Editor, Plant Physiology, 2018

Reviewing Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2015 - present

Conference Chair, Gordon Research Seminar on Salt & Water Stress in Plants, Les Diablerettes 2015

Assisted with SaltLab stand during the Winter Enrichment Program, KAUST 2016
Organized and presented exposition during University of Amsterdam open day, Amsterdam 2014, on Chemical Genomics "Do Plants Like Skittles?"

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education

Plantae Fellow

Member of the Plantae Fellows program