Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Dr Martyna Pastok

Research Associate

Background

I am originally from Poznan (Poland), where I completed my MSci in Biotechnology (Genetic diagnostics). During my studies I had a great opportunity to study also in Edinburgh for 5 months as an exchange student within Socrates Erasmus Programme. I really enjoyed my time there so I decided to come back to UK to Liverpool to complete my PhD at University of Liverpool as EST Marie Curie Fellow in Institute of Integrative Biology. Since 2012 I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structural Biology group in NICR. I am working on multiprotein assemblies involved in cell cycle regulation, being particularly interested in structure-dictated function and recently also in link between cell cycle and transcription. I enjoy trying new technologies and I love my job. On everyday basis I am trying to manage my work-life balance having a daughter and a partner, also scientist. Being woman-mother-scientist I am interested in promoting STEM especially to girls and woman, and also in promoting that active work-life balance is possible. I am also an active member of NU Woman Committee and a member of Parenting and Childcare NU Working Group. Both activities give me an opportunity to encourage woman to reach the top and to be successful in any aspect of their life. Being a scientist I know how important it is to communicate my work with people and to show them what scientists are doing on everyday basis in the labs. Therefore I enjoy participating in public engagement events whenever I can. I participated in some activities within British Science Week and gave a talk within ‘Inspiring the Future’ initiative. Additionally I was part of the organiser team to bring Pint of Science to Newcastle. We organised successfully events 2 years in a row and planning some more.

Research

I am working on multiprotein assemblies involved in cell cycle regulation, being particularly interested in structure-dictated function and recently also in link between cell cycle and transcription. My main area of expertise are protein production and purification, both from E. coli and insect cells, protein crystallography, biophysical and biochemical assays to analyse proteins, protein:protein and protein:ligand interactions, like SPR, ITC, MST, HTRF, DSF etc...

Teaching

I am supervising undergraduate and Master students during their lab based projects. I am always looking forward to work with people and to show them how science can be exciting.

Publications