Dr. Karolina Michalska completed her PhD in Chemistry in 2007 at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. She joined Argonne in 2010 as a postdoctoral appointee at Midwest Center for Structural Genomics and Structural Biology Center. Currently she is a protein crystallographer at X-Ray Science Division and a scientist at the Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering, University of Chicago. At the Advanced Photon Source, Dr. Michalska leads the eBERlight program, which supports the user community focusing on science relevant to the Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research (BER) mission.
The primary interest of Dr. Michalska is structural biology with a focus on structure – function relationships in biochemical transformations. Currently she works on bacterial contact dependent growth inhibition (CDI) system, tryptophan synthase, aminoacyl tRNA synthetases and enzymes involved in vitamin B1 synthesis/utilization. She also contributes to the structural biology of SARS-CoV-2 and collaborates on the BER-relevant crystallographic projects.