New professors

Prof. Anita Franczak and prof. Ewa Żebrowska recently joined the body of professors at the UWM.

Prof. Anita Franczak works in the Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology. In 2010, she received a post-doctoral degree in Biological Sciences in the discipline of biology. Since 2011, she has served as Vice-Dean for student affairs and is employed as an associate professor of the UWM. In 2014, Prof. Franczak completed post-graduate studies at the Department of Finance and Management in the Gdańsk School of Banking.

She has also completed scientific internship, among others at the Kansas University of Medical Center, USA, and in the University of Sheffield, UK. Prof. Franczak has also taken up cooperation with science laboratories in Ghent University, Belgium, Karolinska Intitutet, Sweden, and the University of Milano, Italy. Since 2012, she has been involved in a research project on the impact of various factors on epigenetic changes and their consequences, within the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Professor Franczak is a Polish representative, member of the Organizing Committee and Vice-President of one of the thematic groups in this project.

Professor Anita Franczak studies the mechanisms regulating the functions of the female reproductive system during the cycle and early pregnancy, taking into account the interaction between the immune and endocrine systems. Her recent research focuses on the impact of inadequate nutrition on females in the near-fertilization period on epigenetic changes in their reproductive organs and the consequences of these changes manifested in offspring.

For many years, Professor Anita Franczak has been a member of the Society for Reproductive Biology and the Polish Physiological Society. Since 2014, she has acted as Chairwoman of the Olsztyn branch of the Polish Physiological Society. She has published more than 100 scientific papers, including original papers published in the Philadelphia List journals, but also in review articles, script and textbook chapters, and scientific reports for national and international conferences. The H-index of these works is 12.

Professor Anita Franczak is a laureate of the Japanese Society of the Scientific Society of Reproduction and Development award for the best scientific paper published in 2009 in the Journal of Reproduction and Development. In the years 1998-2014, she completed eight research projects and is currently a tutor for two National Science Centre "Preludium" grants acquired by her PhD students. She supervised twelve experimental graduate works and numerous undergraduate works.


Prof. Ewa Żebrowska graduated from theoretical philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin and German Philology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She also studied in Germany, at the Universities of Mainz and Erfurt. She received her PhD degree in 2000 and post-doctoral degree in linguistics in 2005 at the Faculty of Modern Languages, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The scientific achievements of Prof. Ewa Żebrowska include three monographs, a twice published university textbook and dozens of papers in German published in scientific journals and as chapters of monographs, published mainly in Germany.

Initially, Professor Żebrowska focused her research on the Upper Prussian dialect. She then took interest in problems relating to linguistic textology. These included coherence, text linearity, hypertexts, functioning of text in new media and computer-mediated texts. However, her first area of interest is the relation between text and image, which provided an original contribution to the development of text linguistics.

Professor Żebrowska carried out her research projects during numerous scholarship programmes from foundations such as DAAD, ÖAD, GFPS, Marion von Dönhoff Foundation and the Rector's scholarships from the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna. She hosted a lecture at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Universities of Bayreuth and Erlangen. Professor Żebrowska also held foreign internships at the universities of Kiel, Greifswald, Klagenfurt and Berlin. In the academic year 2012/13, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, conducting classes for students of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics.

Prof. Ewa Żebrowska has been a thesis promoter of three PhDs, over MAs and approx. hundred BAs. Currently, she is the tutor of the another PhD students. She was a reviewer of five doctoral theses, appeared thrice as a reviewer of habilitation theses: at Warsaw University, the UWM and at the Francis Leopold University in Innsbruck (Austria), and was several times appointed a member of habilitation committees.

Prof. Żebrowska held a number of academic and organizational functions in her department. She is a statutory research director and a Member of the Board of the magazine Acta Neophilologica and the Journal of Multimodal Communication Studies. She organized two international and three national conferences. Moreover, she organized and chaired section no. 30 Deutsche Dialekte und Regionalsprachen at the World Congress of Germanists IVG (Warsaw 2010). Prof. Żebrowska is a member of the Board of the Polish Association of Germanists and a member of the Polish Applied Linguistics Association and the Polish Linguistic Association.

By: mah, lek


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