Short CV/Education and training

Current Positions

  • Since 2016
    Head of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Metabolic Disorders Department, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland

  • Since 2013
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Medical University of Bialystok

Previous Positions

  • 2008 – 2010
    Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic

  • 2002 – 2013
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Medical University of Bialystok


  • 2013
    Doctor of Science (Habilitation) Medical University of Bialystok, Poland

  • 2007
    Ph.D., Doctor of Medical Sciences in Medical Biology, Department of Physiology

  • 2002
    M.S. Master of Science in Biology, University of Bialystok, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Poland

Selected publications

  • Zabielski P, Chacinska M, Charkiewicz K, Baranowski M, Gorski J, Blachnio-Zabielska AU. Effect of metformin on bioactive lipid metabolism in insulin-resistant muscle. J Endocrinol. 2017 Jun;233(3):329-340.

  • Chung JO, Koutsari C, Blachnio-Zabielska AU, Hames KC, Jensen MD Intramyocellular Ceramides – Sub-Cellular Concentrations and Fractional De Novo Synthesis in Postabsorptive Humans. Diabetes. 2017 May 8. pii: db170082. doi: 10.2337/db17-0082

  • Blachnio-Zabielska AU, Chacinska M, Vendelbo MH, Zabielski P. The Crucial Role of C18-Cer in Fat-Induced Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2016;40(5):1207-1220.

  • Chung JO, Koutsari C, Blachnio-Zabielska AU, Hames KC, Jensen MD. Effects of meal ingestion on intramyocellular ceramide concentrations and fractional de novo synthesis in humans. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Sep 26:ajpendo.00153.2017. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00153.2017

  • Knapp P, Bodnar L, Błachnio-Zabielska A, Świderska M, Chabowski A. Plasma and ovarian tissue sphingolipids profiling in patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Oct;147(1):139-144.

  • Charkiewicz K, Blachnio-Zabielska A, Zbucka-Kretowska M, Wolczynski S, Laudanski P. Maternal plasma and amniotic fluid sphingolipids profiling in fetal Down syndrome. PLoS One. 2015 May 22;10(5):e0127732. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127732

  • Baranowski M, Błachnio-Zabielska AU, Charmas M, Helge JW, Dela F, Książek M, Długołęcka B, Klusiewicz A, Chabowski A, Górski J. Exercise increases sphingoid base-1-phosphate levels in human blood and skeletal muscle in a time- and intensity-dependent manner. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2015 May;115(5):993-100

  • Christopher Lipina, Katherine Macrae, Tamara Suhm, Cora Weigert, Agnieszka Blachnio-Zabielska, Marcin Baranowksi, Jan Gorski, Karl Burgess and Harinder S Hundalm Mitochondrial substrate availability and its role in lipid-induced insulin resistance and proinflammatory signalling in skeletal muscle. Diabetes. 2013 Oct;62(10):3426-36.

  • Macrae K, Stretton C, Lipina C, Blachnio-Zabielska A, Baranowski M, Gorski J, Marley A, Hundal HS. Defining the role of DAG, mitochondrial function, and lipid deposition in palmitate-induced proinflammatory signaling and its counter-modulation by palmitoleate. J Lipid Res. 2013 Sep;54(9):2366-78.

  • Blachnio-Zabielska AU, Zabielski P, Jensen MD. Intramyocellular diacylglycerol concentrations and [U-13C]palmitate isotopic enrichment measured by LC/MS/MS J Lipid Res. J Lipid Res. 2013 Jun;54(6):1705-11.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • TEAM/2016-1/2, Elucidation of the role of individual intramuscular lipid intermediates in fat-induced insulin resistance, Foundation for Polish Science Principal Investigator, 2016 – 2019

  • HOMING PLUS/2010-2/1 “On the role of intramuscular lipid intermediates in (fat induced) insulin resistance” Foundation for Polish Science Principal Investigator

  • 11-115840 Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation. – Partner

  • LSHN-CT-2004-005272, „Health benefits of exercise: identification of genes and signaling pathways involved in effects of exercise on insulin resistance, obesity and the metabolic syndrome”,: EXGENESIS, EU's 6FP

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership of Scientific Society

  • Polish Physiological Society

  • Membership of Journal Editorial Board

  • Austin Chromatography

  • Annals of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy

Manuskript Reviewing

  • Diabetes, Obesity, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Lipids, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, Plos One, Diabetes Care


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