Interview with Sciex fellow Magdalena Rowinska-Zyrek

Female researcher in a laboratory
© Magdalena Rowinska-Zyrek

The post-doctoral student Magdalena Rowinska-Zyrek did a research residency at the University of Zurich from 2012 to 2013, doing research in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. Her research mostly focused on ribozymes. 

How did you hear about Sciex?

Via Google. I was looking for grants for a research residency at the chemical laboratory of the University of Zurich. 

Why did you want to do a research residency at the University of Zurich?

There are only a few researchers working with the ribozyme molecule. The laboratory in Zurich is known globally for its research in this field. As I wanted to learn new techniques I applied for the Sciex programme. 

What were your experiences in Switzerland?

I really learned a lot during my research residency, particularly in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. In addition to my research experiences I learned how to manage and interact with a large group of co-workers. I also met many interesting people with whom I still have contact. And I learned a little bit of Swiss German, as I previously already spoke some German. 

What did you get out of your residency in terms of your research?

The residency allowed me to expand my area of research and learn new techniques that I can now use for my work in Poland. My research team in Zurich and I were the first to decode the structure of a human ribozyme. During my residency in Zurich we found out that there is still much more research to be done in this field. We started another project for this and I stayed in Switzerland one and a half years longer than planned. 

What do you do now?

I am back in Poland where I work as an assistant professor at the Wrocław University where I did my doctorate. I am still doing research in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, and in particular ribozymes. My professional future lies in Poland.