Short CV/Education and training

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

  • 1996 – 1997
    Department of Biochemistry, University of Caen, France (4 months, senior scientist stay)

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

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

  • 1984
    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)

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

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

Selected publications

  • Chojnacka K, Zarzycka M, Hejmej A, Mruk DD, Gorowska E, Klimek M, Kotula-Balak Bilinska B. Hydroxyflutamide affects connexin43 via the activation of PI3K/Akt-dependent pathway but has no effect on the crosstalk between PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 pathways at the Raf-1 kinase level in primary rat Sertoli cells. Toxicol in Vitro 2016, 31: 146-157.

  • Chojnacka K, Bilinska B, Mruk D. Interleukin 1α-induced disruption of the Sertoli cell cytoskeleton affects gap junctional communication. Cell Signal 2016, 28: 469–480.

  • Chojnacka K, Hejmej A, Zarzycka M, Tworzydlo W, Bilinski SM, Pardyak L, Kaminska A, Bilinska B. Flutamide induces alterations in the cell-cell junction ultrastructure and reduces the expression of Cx43 at the blood-testis barrier with no disturbance in the rat seminiferous tubule histology. Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2016, 14:14.

  • Dietrich MA, Slowinska M, Karol H, Adamek M, Steinhagen D, Hejmej A, Bilinska B, Ciereszko A. Serine protease inhibitor Kazal-type 2 is expressed in the male reproductive tract of carp with a possible role in antimicrobial protection. Fish Shellfish Immunol 2016, 60: 150-163.

  • Chojnacka K, Bilinska B, Mruk DD. Annexin A2 is critical for blood-testis barrier integrity and spermatid disengagement in the mammalian testis. BBA Molec Cell Res 2017, 1864: 527-545.

  • Bilinska B, Hejmej A, Kotula-Balak M. Preparation of testicular samples for histology and immunohistochemistry. In: Sertoli cell, M.Alves (ed). Methods in Molecular Biology 2018, 1748:17-36. PMID: 29453562. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7698-0_3, Springer Protocols, Humana Press.

  • Gorowska-Wójtowicz E, Hejmej A, Kaminska A, Pardyak L, Kotula-Balak M, Dulinska-Litewka J, Laidler P, Bilinska B. Anti-androgen 2-hydroxyflutamide modulates cadherin, catenin and androgen receptor phosphorylation in androgen-sensitive LNCaP and androgen-independent PC3 prostate cancer cell lines acting via PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK1/2 pathways. Toxicol in Vitro 2017, 40: 324-335.

  • Nynca J, Dietrich MA, Adamek M, Steinhagen D, Hejmej A, Bilinska B, Ciereszko A. Purification, characterization and expression of transferrin from rainbow trout seminal plasma. Comp Biochem Physiol Part B, 2017, 208–209: 38–46.

  • Hejmej A. Bilinska B. The effects of flutamide on cellular junctions in the testis and epididymis and prostate. Reprod Toxicol, 2018, 304: 1-16

  • Kaminska A. Pardyak L, Marek S, Górowska-Wójtowicz E, Kotula-Balak M, Bilinska B, Hejmej A. Bisphenol A and dibutyl phtalate affect the expression of juxtacrine sinaling in rat testis. Chemosphere, 2018, 199: 182-190.

  • Pardyak L, Kaminska A, Brzoskwinia M, Hejmej A, Kotula-Balak M, Jankowski J, Ciereszko A, Bilinska B. Differences in aromatase expression and steroid hormone concentrations in the reproductive tissues of male domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) with white and yellow semen. Br Poultry Sci, 2018, 59: 591-603.

Selected projects

  • Principal investigator of the project OPUS 12 from the National Science Centre, 2017 – 2021

  • Principal investigator of the project Harmonia 3 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

  • Married, two children


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