Short CV/Education and training

  • Place of birth: Krakow, Poland

  • 1972
    MSc (summa cum laudae), biology, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University

  • 1980
    Laboratory of Histochemistry, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia (Professor Z. Lojda), (3 months)

  • 1983
    Laboratory of Histochemistry, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia (Professor Z. Lojda), (3 months)

  • 1984
    Laboratory of Histochemistry, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia (Professor Z. Lojda), (3 months)

  • 1987 – 1988
    Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague,Czechoslovakia (3 months)

  • 1990
    Institute of Hormone and Fertility Research, Hamburg, Germany (3 months)

  • since 1997
    Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Selected publications

Scientific papers (selected 2012-2015)

  • Kotula-Balak M, Hejmej A, Kopera I, Lydka M, Bilinska B. 2012. Prenatal and neonatal exposure to flutamide affects function of Leydig cells in adult boar. Domest Anim Endocrinol 42: 152-164.

  • Kotula-Balak M, Hejmej A, Lydka M, Cierpich A, Bilinska B. Detection of aromatase, androgen, and estrogen receptors in bank vole spermatozoa Theriogenology 2012, 78, 385–392.

  • Kotula-Balak M, Chojnacka K, Hejmej A, Galas J, Satola M, Bilinska B. Does 4-tert-octylphenol affect estrogen signaling pathways in bank vole Leydig cells and tumor mouse Leydig cells in vitro? Reprod Toxicol 2013, 39: 6-16.

  • Mruk DD, Xiao X, Lydka M, Li MW, Bilinska B, Cheng CY. Intercellular adhesion molecule 1: Recent findings and new concepts involved in mammalian spermatogenesis. Sem Cell Develop Biol 2014, 29: 43-54.

  • Górowska E, Chojnacka K, Zarzycka M, Bilinska B, Hejmej A. Postnatal exposure to flutamide affects CTNNB1 and CDH1 gene expression in adult pig epididymis and prostate and alters metabolism of testosterone. Andrology 2014, 2: 186=197.

  • Kotula-Balak M, Grzmil P, Chojnacka K, Andryka K, Bilinska B. Is effect of 4-tert-octylphenol on bank vole spermatozoa photoperiod-dependent? General and Comp Endocrinol 2014, 201: 21-29.

  • Zarzycka M, Kotwicka M, Jendraszak M, Skibinska I, Kotula-Balak M, Bilinska B. Hydroxyflutamide alters the characteristics of live boar spermatozoa. Theriogenology 2014, 82: 988-996.

  • Hejmej A, Bilińska B. A role of junction-mediated interactions in cells of the male reproductive tract: Impact of prenatal, neonatal, and prepubertal exposure to anti-androgens on adult reproduction. Histol&Histopathol 2014, 29, 815-830.

  • Kotula-Balak M, Tworzydlo W, Pochec E, Zarzycka M, Bilinska B. Octylphenol induces changes in glycosylation pattern, calcium level and ultrastructure of bank vole spermatozoa in vitro. Toxicol in Vitro 2015, 29:529-537.

  • Zarzycka M, Chojnacka K, Mruk DD, Górowska E. Hejmej A, Kotula-Balak M, Pardyak L, Bilinska B. Flutamide alters distribution of c-Src and affects cell adhesion function in the adult rat seminiferous epithelium. Andrology 2015, 3; 569-581.


Selected projects

  • Principal investigator of the project Harmonia from the National Science Centre, 2012-2016

  • Principal investigator of the project NN303 339835 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, 2009-2011

  • Laureate of the Academic Grant for Professors from the Foundation for Polish Science, 2008-2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), since 2010

  • Member of the European Academy of Andrology, since 2008

  • Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004

  • Council Member of the Foundation for Cell & Molecular Biology sustaining the Polish biomedical journals, Progress in Cell Biology and Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica, since 2002

  • Co-editor of the Polish Journal Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica, 1992–2007

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family status: married, two children


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