Curriculum vitae

Anna Barbara (Weintrit) Matuszynska

Contact details


Research profile

Highly motivated second year doctoral researcher with background in mathematics and pharmacology trained in the field of systems biology. Interested in plant biology and short-term acclimation mechanisms. Develops mathematical models of light acclimation process in the photosynthetic chain. Passionate about science communication, involved in public dissemination through public speeches, workshops with children and conference organization.

Professional Experience

Research Assistant Institute for Quantitative and Theoretical Biology, Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences
Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
since May 2014
Group of Jun.-Prof. Oliver Ebenhöh

Visiting Researcher Laboratory of Chloroplast Molecular Genetics, Department of Botany and Plant Biology
University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland)
Feb – Apr 2014
The objective of the visit in the group of Prof. M. Goldschmidt-Clermont was to gather experimental data to refine mathematical model of state transitions. Trained in spectroscopic techniques to analyse the acclimation of Chlamydomonas cultures to changing light conditions.

Research Assistant Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, College of Physical Sciences
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
Sep 2013 – Apr 2014
Group of Dr. Oliver Ebenhöh

Teaching Experience

Practical Sessions Introduction to the mathematical modeling of biological systems with Python
Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Winter 2014

Practical Sessions Introduction to the mathematical modeling of biological systems with MATLAB
Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Summer 2014


Graduate student Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
since May 2014 (project transferred from Univeristy of Aberdeen)
Relevant courses: Advanced Modelling Practice, Spectrometric Analysis of Photosynthetic Process (in the lab of Prof. Roberto Bassi, University of Verona, Italy)

Graduate student University of Aberdeen, College of Physical Sciences, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
Sep 2013 – May 2014
Field of study: Acclimation of photosynthesis, mathematical modelling of the photosynthetic chain
Relevant courses: Modelling Theory and Practice in ScrumPy (with Dr. Mark Poolman, Oxford Brookes University)

MSc in Drug Discovery and Development University of Aberdeen, College of Life Science and Medicine, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
12 month programme: Sep 2012 – Aug 2014
Thesis: Blood pressure control in the secondary prevention of stroke
Relevant courses: Cell Signalling, Research Methodologies, Toxicology, Laboratory skills

MSc in Mathematics Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Gdansk (Poland)
5 year programme: Oct 2006 – Sep 2011
Thesis: Cut-off study in survival analysis in patients with lung cancer
Relevant courses: Bioinformatics, Programming Languages, Molecular Biology, Elementary Genetics

Conference contributions

28 June – 3 July 2015 Gordon Research Conference: Photosynthesis, Waltham (USA)
Poster “Modelling light frequency dependent acclimation mechanisms in green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”
Co-authors: Ryutaro Tokutsu, Jun Minagawa, Giovanni Finazzi, Oliver Ebenhöh

27 – 28 June 2015 Gordon Research Seminar: Photosynthesis. Beyond Steady-State Photosynthesis: Emerging Model Organisms and Technologies, Waltham (USA)
Discussion Leader “Photosynthesis in a Variable Environment”

8 – 12 June 2015 Metabolic Pathway Analysis 2015, Braga (Portugal)
Talk A reductionist approach to model self-regulating systems in plants
Co-authors: Oliver Ebenhöh

19 March 2015 Algae Around the World Symposium, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Poster “Investigating light memory in plants and algae”
Co-authors: Somayyeh Heidari, Oliver Ebenhöh

2 – 5 Sep 2014 International Study Group for Systems Biology 2014, Durham (United Kingdom)
Talk “Modelling the impact of short-term acclimation processes on the photosynthetic electron transport chain in green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”
Poster “How algae acclimate to changing light conditions” (first author). Winner of the Best Poster Prize
Co-authors: Oliver Ebenhöh

3 – 5 Apr 2014 Young Alganeers Symposium, Montpellier and Narbonne (France)
Poster “Investigation of state transitions. Mathematical model for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii” (first author)
Co-authors: Federica Cariti, Oliver Ebenhöh, Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont