Short CV/Education and training

Education and degrees

  • 1999
    Master of Science (MS), Jagiellonian University, Department of Immunology; Krakow, Poland; Specialty: immunology

  • 2004
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Jagiellonian University, Department of Immunology; Krakow, Poland; Specialty: immunology

  • 2009
    Doctor of Science (DSc), Pomeranian Medical University; Department of Physiology; Szczecin, Poland, Specialty: medical sciences – medical biology

Academic Appointments and Postgraduate Trainings

  • 2003 – 2005
    Research Assistant, Department of Transplantation, Polish-American Institute of Pediatrics University’s Children Hospital, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • 2005 – 2006
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Molecular Cardiology, Division of Cardiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

  • 2006 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Stem Cell Biology Institute, Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

  • 2009 – 2015
    Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • Since 2011
    Group Leader, Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • Since 2011
    Visiting Professor, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA

  • Since 2012
    Group Leader, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biotechnology, Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • Since 2015
    Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Selected publications

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Abdel-Latif A, Case J, Tiwari S, Hunt G, Vincent RJ, Ranjan S, Srour EF, Bolli R, Dawn B. Sca-1 expression is associated with decreased cardiomyogenic differentiation potential of skeletal muscle-derived adult primitive cells. J Mol Cell Cardiol 2006;41(4):650-60.

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Kucia M, Abdel-Latif A, Dawn B, Hall B, Singh R, Lillard JW, Ratajczak MZ. Morphological characterization of Very Small Embryonic-Like stem cells (VSELs) by ImageStream system analysis. J Cell Mol Med. 2008; 12(1):292-303.

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Kucia M, Dawn B, Guo Y, Ratajczak MZ, Bolli R. Bone marrow-derived pluripotent very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) are mobilized after acute myocardial infarction. J Mol Cell Cardiol 2008; 44: 865-73.

  • Abdel-Latif A*, Zuba-Surma EK*, Case J, Tiwari S, Hunt G, Ranjan S, Vincent RJ, Srour EF, Bolli R, Dawn B. TGF-β1 enhances cardiomyogenic differentiation potential of skeletal muscle-derived adult primitive cells. Basic Res Cardiol 2008; May 23.

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Kucia M, Wu W, Klich I, Lillard JW, Ratajczak J, Ratajczak MZ, Very small embryonic-like stem cells are present in adult murine organs: ImageStream-based morphological analysis and distribution studies. Cytometry A 2008; 73A (12):1116-27.

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Kucia M, Rui L, Shin DM, Wojakowski W, Ratajczak J, Ratajczak MZ. Fetal liver very small embryonic/epiblast like stem cells follow developmental migratory pathway of hematopoietic stem cells. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009; 1176:205-18.

  • Zuba-Surma EK, Guo Y, Taher H, Sanganalmath SK, Hunt G, Vincent RJ, Kucia M, Abdel-Latif A, Tang XL, Ratajczak MZ, Dawn B, Bolli R. Transplantation of expanded bone marrow-derived very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSEL-SCs) improves left ventricular function and remodeling after myocardial infarction. J Cell Mol Med. 2010 Jul 12.

  • Jeevanantham V, Butler M, Saad A, Abdel-Latif A, Zuba-Surma EK, Dawn B. Adult bone marrow cell therapy improves survival and induces long-term improvement in cardiac parameters: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Circulation 2012 Jul 31;126(5):551-68.

  • Bobis-Wozowicz S, Kmiotek K, Sekula M, Kedracka-Krok S, Kamycka E, Adamiak M, Jankowska U, Madetko-Talowska A, Sarna M, Bik-Multanowski M, Kolcz J, Boruczkowski D, Madeja Z, Dawn B, Zuba-Surma EK. Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Microvesicles Transmit RNAs and Proteins to Recipient Mature Heart Cells Modulating Cell Fate and Behavior. Stem Cells. 2015, Sep;33(9):2748-61.

  • Afzal MR, Samanta A, Shah ZI, Jeevanantham V, Abdel-Latif A, Zuba-Surma EK, Dawn B. Adult Bone Marrow Cell Therapy for Ischemic Heart Disease: Evidence and Insights from Randomized Controlled Trials. Circ Res. 2015 Jul 9.

  • Labedz-Maslowska A, Lipert B, Berdecka D, Kedracka-Krok S, Jankowska U, Kamycka E, Sekula M, Madeja Z, Dawn B, Jura J, Zuba-Surma EK. Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-Induced Protein 1 (MCPIP1) Enhances Angiogenic and Cardiomyogenic Potential of Murine Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 27;10(7):e0133746.

  • Labedz-Maslowska A, Kamycka E, Bobis-Wozowicz S, Madeja Z, Zuba-Surma EK. Identification of New Rat Bone Marrow-Derived Population of Very Small Stem Cell with Oct-4A and Nanog Expression by Flow Cytometric Platforms. Stem Cells Int. 2016;2016:5069857.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Grant Reviewer or panel Expert for agencies:

  • National Science Center (NCN)

  • The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR)

  • Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Reviewer for journals:

  • Leukemia

  • Cytometry A

  • Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologic

  • Stem Cell

  • Molecular Biotechnology

  • Stem Cells and Development

  • Stem Cells International

Editorial Board member for journals:

  • Journal of Stem Cell Research & Transplantation (IJST) (open access; SciDoc)

  • Journal of Geriatric Cardiology (JGC) (Science Press)

  • Cell Biology (open access; Biohelikon)

Member of international scientific societies:

  • American Heart Association (AHA)

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)

  • International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV)

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