Short CV/Education and training

  • 2001
    MS in Biology with specialization in physiology of vertebrates, Warsaw University, Poland

  • 2001 – 2006
    Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland, PhD studies at the Neurophysiology Department

  • 2004
    MS in Psychology with specialization in neuropsychology and animal behavior, Warsaw University, Poland

  • 2004
    Research Training, Division of Neuroanatomy and Behavior, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Switzerland, in laboratory of Prof. Hans-Peter Lipp

  • 2006 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Research Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, USA in laboratory of Prof. Stephen Maren

Selected publications

  • Knapska E, Nikolaev E, Boguszewski P, Walasek G, Blaszczyk J, Kaczmarek L, Werka T. Between-subject transfer of emotional information evokes specific pattern of amygdala activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006; 103(10):3858-62

    Development of an experimental model of socially transmitted fear.

  • Knapska E, Macias M, Mikosz M, Nowak A, Owczarek D, Wawrzyniak M, Pieprzyk M, Cymerman IA, Werka T, Sheng M, Maren S, Jaworski J, Kaczmarek L. Functional anatomy of neural circuits regulating fear and extinction. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012; 109(42):17093-8 Development of a method of functional anatomy tracing and identifying different populations of neurons activated by high and low levels of fear.

  • Knapska E, Lioudyno V, Kiryk A, Mikosz M, Górkiewicz T, Michaluk P, Gawlak M, Chaturvedi M, Mochol G, Balcerzyk M, Wojcik DK, Wilczynski GM, Kaczmarek L. Reward learning requires activity of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the central amygdala. J Neurosci. 2013; 33(36):14591-600. Showing involvement of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) in the central amygdala in appetitively but not aversively motivated learning (molecular differentiation of mechanisms underlying motivation of different valence).

  • Puscian A, Leski S, Gorkiewicz T, Meyza K, Lipp HP, Knapska E. A novel automated behavioral test battery assessing cognitive rigidity in two genetic mouse models of autism. Front Behav Neurosci. 2014; 8:140. Development of new tests to study behavior of mice in an automated IntelliCage system.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Neuronal circuits in central amygdala underlying socially transferred fear " National Science Centre, Poland, 2014-2017

  • “Validation of tissue- and age-specific therapeutic intervention on synaptopathies relevant to autism spectrum disorders” Polish-Swiss Research Programme, 2011-2016

  • "Neuronal circuits underlying retrieval of fear memory after extinction", National Science Centre, Poland, 2011-2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • ENINET member, 2014

  • Member of European Brain and Bahaviour Society committee, 2014

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • since 1996 organization of workshops and scientific trainings for highly talented pupils – the participants of the programme of National Children’s Fund

  • Organization of Brain Awarness Week in Warsaw, Poland in 2013

  • popular lectures – Warsaw Science Festival (2013, 2014)

  • Brain Awarness Week in Krakow (2014)

  • Brain Awarness Day in Warsaw (2014)


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  1. ERC Starting Grant for Ewelina Knapska

    With this grant, Dr. Ewelina Knapska will study how the amygdala controls socially transmitted emotions like joy and fear. She works at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw.

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