Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk M.Sc.,Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
School of Medicine

Ph.D., University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004, Biochemistry
M.S., University of Warsaw, Poland, 1998, Biology


University of California, Irvine
Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility
829 Health Sciences Rd. Office #2215 / Lab#2226
Mail Code: 4560
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Mechanism of aging, age-related macular degeneration, molecular mechanisms of glaucoma, Vision Science.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA 2006-2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jules Gonin Ophthalmic Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2006
Research Abstract
Research in the DSK lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of aging in the age-related eye and brain conditions. We study processes regulating gene expression in age-related diseases, with emphasis on how aging affects cellular, metabolic, and transcriptional programs. Mechanism of senescence and polyunsaturated fatty acids metabolism are the two major areas of interest in the lab. Using mice models of human conditions, we are investigating the mechanisms of age-related eye diseases to find novel therapies for the affected individuals.
Awards and Honors
• Dorothy Dillon Eweson Lecture Series on the Advances in Aging Research 2022
• The inaugural UC Irvine School of Medicine Annual Equity and Diversity in Mentoring Award, for leading the Women in Vision Research Program 2021
• Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation Award 2020
• Elizabeth Anderson Award for Macular Degeneration Research – Bright Focus Foundation 2020
• Shaffer Prize from the Glaucoma Research Foundation for her research project “Eliminate to Protect.” 2020
• Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM) and Medical Entrepreneurship Education and Training Rapid Grant Program Award 2019
• UC San Diego Health Sciences Office of Faculty Affairs Scholarship 2019
• AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar (competitive selection) 2019
• Association of Women in Science San Diego - Leadership Service Award 2018
• RPB Special Scholar Award, Research for Preventing Blindness Foundation 2018
• National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellow 2017
• Center for Healthy Aging Pilot Award 2017
• Nature Conference “Genomic Technologies and Biomaterials for Understanding Disease”, San Diego – Best Poster Award 2014
• The San Diego Foundation Science and Technology Blasker Award, 2010
• Swiss National Foundation Fellowship PA0033-113194. 2007
• EMBO Long Term Fellowship ALTF 574-2006 2006
• Fellowship Award, Swiss Society of Neuroscience 2003-4
• Fellowship Award, Geneva Society of Neurosciences (Jean Falk-Vairant Foundation). 2003
• Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Practical Course “Eukaryotic Gene Expression”, CSHL NY 2001
• FEBS-EMBO International Summer School “Molecular Mechanisms of Development and Disease, Spetses, GR 2000
• Poland’s Minister of Education Scholarships 1996-8
Research Center
Center for Translational Vision Research
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