Katarzyna M. Romek
  e-mail: k.romek@ua.pt  
  department: Chemistry, Institute of Materials  
  office: 29.2.41  
  group: 5 - biomedical and biomimetic materials
  line: 3 - sustainability
Research experience

September 2019 - currently

Research Scientist

BIOIMPLANT – A metabolomics-guided bioreactor for improved engineered bone implants

CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

  • Untargeted Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) of cell extracts
  • Definition of metabolic markers of human mesenchymal stem cells
  • Statistical correlation of metabolic profiles with scaffold/bioreactor features and biological parameters
  • Identification of the key metabolites

September 2017 – July 2019

Postdoctoral researcher

Innovative approach to unravel carbon partitioning in metabolic pathways of plant trace gas emissions (CO2 and volatile organic compounds – VOCs)

Institute of Forest Science, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg (Germany)

  • The development of extraction and purification protocols for Halimium halimifolium species
  • Stress conditions experiments on plants including changes in watering and light exposition patterns
  • Measurements of intramolecular isotope distribution in glucose of plant origin by 13C-irm NMR

March – July 2017

Postdoctoral researcher

Methodology development for 13C-irm NMR analysis with particular emphasis on Nauclea latifolia

EBSI team, CEISAM laboratory,

University of Nantes (France)

  • The development and exploitation of a general protocol for isotopic measurements of extracts from Nauclea latifolia for lowering the necessary amount of crude product
  • Measurements of the intramolecular isotope fractionation of the wide range of amino acids and natural products

2013 – 2016

PhD student - joint thesis/double diploma

Studies of isotopic fractionation of 13C during biosynthesis

and enzymatic reactions

EBSI team, CEISAM laboratory,

University of Nantes (France), Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

  • The development and exploitation of a general protocol

for determining the intramolecular distribution of 13C in amino acids, especially focused on L-methionine

  • Measurements of the intramolecular isotope fractionation

in the biosynthetically-related alkaloids nicotine and tropine

as well as the newly-discovered alkaloid tramadol

  • 13C KIE theoretical calculations for methionine synthase


M. Sc. Trainee (with ERASMUS support)

Isotopic composition of milk of mothers and hair of their children

as a function of obesity

Supervised by Prof Piotr Paneth, Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

ERASMUS supervisor in France (CEISAM, Nantes) Dr Richard J. Robins

  • Research project in the biomedical field in cooperation with

a hospital in Poitiers

  • Irm-GC/MS and irm-EA/MS measurements of amino acids

in milk and hair


B.Sc. trainee

Is uranium glass safe for the environment?

Under the guidance of Dr Dorota Swiatla-Wojcik, Lodz University

 of Technology (Poland)

  • Estimation of a year dose of radiation from uranium glass
  • Measurements of the activity by scintillation counter

and fluorometric measurements for establishment

  • of the correlation between fluorescence and activity

2013 - 2016

Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry

Under the supervision of ‘Directeur de Recherche CNRS’

Richard J. Robins and Prof Piotr Paneth, double diploma obtained from University of Nantes, CEISAM laboratory (France) and Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

2012 – 2013


M. Sc. Technology of drugs, pharmaceuticals

and plant protection products

Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

09/2012 – 01/2013


Erasmus training

University of Nantes, CEISAM laboratory (France) under

the supervision of Richard. J. Robins

2007 – 2012


B. Sc. Engineer degree with a specialty in analytical chemistry

Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

  • Teaching assistant (undergraduate students), 2013-2016, Practical laboratory of physical chemistry (120 h)
  • Lecturer in analytical chemistry techniques, global climate change, ecophysiology - MSc and BSc students (2017-2019; 30h)
  • Supervisor of practical laboratories in plant ecophysiology and field campaigns – MSc and BSc students (2017-2019; 480h – 4 semesters)
  • Safety instructor (2017-2019) students and staff