Dr Jolanta Kisielewska

Dr Jolanta Kisielewska

Lecturer in Physiology

Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)


Lecturer in Physiology, PU PSM Lead in Formative Assessment. I joined this wonderful medical school in October 2012. I am delighted to share my knowledge and experience with medical and dental students. I am thrilled to work in such a supportive and vibrant environment. I have a Master’s degree in genetics and a PhD in physiological sciences. The latter awarded in 1999, described human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) intracellular pathways in myometrial smooth muscle cells. My knowledge is supported by my research expertise in cell cycle and reproduction, which I conducted in national and international labs. In 2007 I was awarded a prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship and started to run my own laboratory at the Newcastle University supported by a number of external and internal grants. Conducting research was a fantastic experience where I applied a combination of many state of art technologies to study the mechanisms that control proper genome duplication during embryonic development. Over the years I have had many successes teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and I decided to continue my career as a lecturer and tutor and a pedagogic researcher. After joining PUPSMD I become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I play an active role in supporting the medical programme in the area of physiology and formative assessment as well as developing my research in medical education.


PhD in Physiology, MSc in Genetics, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Member of ICGN Undergraduate Nutrition Education Implementation Group

Teaching interests

Physiology, nutrition within BMBS and Physician Associate PG programme ; small group facilitator (PBL, CDM), Student Selected Component facilitator for "Rare congenital disorders", Academic tutor.

Research interests

1. Project title : Living Anatomy Models: their comprehensive input into developing patient/doctor good practice. Investigators: Jolanta Kisielewska and Siobhan Moyes 2. Project title: Application of basic sciences to dietary cases increases students’ knowledge, skills and attitude towards nutrition. Investigators: Jolanta Kisielewska and Steven Burr

Grants & contracts

BBSRC PhD studentship 2009-2013; Wellcome Trust Summer studentship 2009; Peter Byker Fellowship 2008-2009; Royal Society Research Grant 2008-2009; Newcastle University New Investigator award 2008; Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship 2007-2011

Key publications are highlighted

Kisielewska J & Whitaker M 2014 'Regulation of DNA synthesis at the first cell cycle in the sea urchin in vivo' Methods Mol Biol 1128, 223-236 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J. and Blow J.J. 2012 'Dynamic interactions of high Cdt1 and geminin levels regulate S-phase in early Xenopus embryos' Development
Kisielewska J, Philipova R, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2009 'MAP kinase dependent cyclinE/cdk2 activity promotes DNA replication in early sea urchin embryos' Dev Biol 334, (2) 383-394 Author Site , DOI
Bothwell JHF, Kisielewska J, Genner MJ, McAinsh MR & Brownlee C 2008 'Ca2+ signals coordinate zygotic polarization and cell cycle progression in the brown alga Fucus serratus' Development 135, (12) 2173-2181 , DOI
Philipova R, Kisielewska J, Lu P, Larman M, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2005 'ERK1 activation is required for S-phase onset and cell cycle progression after fertilization in sea urchin embryos' Development 132, (3) 579-589 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Lu P & Whitaker M 2005 'GFP-PCNA as an S-phase marker in embryos during the first and subsequent cell cycles' Biol Cell 97, (3) 221-229 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Philipova R & Whitake M 2005 'The pathway controlling sperm decondensation, pronuclei fusion and DNA replication during first cell cycle of sea urchin embryo' CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 30, 27-27 Author Site
Kisielewska J, Zezula-Szpyra A, Bilinska B, Flint AP & Ziecik AJ 1997 'Effect of estradiol and progesterone on growth of porcine myometrial smooth muscle cells and phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase signalling systems in vitro' Folia Histochem Cytobiol 35, (3) 143-149 Author Site
Ziecik AJ, Golba G & Kisielewska J 1996 'Effect of human chorionic gonadotropin on uterine blood flow in intact and ovariectomized gilts' Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 104, (2) 158-163 Author Site , DOI
Kisielewska J, Flint AP & Ziecik AJ 1996 'Phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase signalling systems in the action of hCG on porcine myometrial smooth muscle cells' J Endocrinol 148, (1) 175-180 Author Site
Ziecik AJ, Ostrowska G, Kisielewska J & Zezula-Szpyra A 1995 'Distribution and cycle phase dependency of gonadotropin receptors in musculature and blood vessels of the porcine broad ligament' Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 103, (1) 44-51 Author Site , DOI
Ziecik AJ, Wasowicz G, Derecka K & Kisielewska J 1996 'Extragonadal gonadotropin receptors in pigs –1996 update' Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 47, 29-39
Conference Papers
Woodhouse L, Blow J & Kisielewska J 2013 'Regulation of the DNA licensing protein Cdt1 in Xenopus laevis Embryos' Chromatin, Replication and Chromosomal Stability Copenhagen, Denmark 17/06/2013 19/06/2013
Kisielewska J & Moyes S 2013 'Living Anatomy Models- their contribution to the development of the good patient/doctor relationship' PedRIO Plymouth 17/04/2013 17/06/2013
Verret F & Kisielewska J 2011 'The role of geminin in pronuclear fusion and chromosome segregation during the first cell cycle in sea urchin embryos' Chromatin, Replication & Chromosomal Stability Stockholm, Sweden 20/06/2011 21/06/2011
Kisielewska JD, Blow JJ, McSloy L & Mrozek M 2009 'Dynamics of pre-RC proteins on early Xenopus embryo chromatin indicate regulatory mechanisms for controlling the S-phase length' Chromatin, Replication, and Chromosomal Stability 15/06/2009 16/06/2009
Kisielewska JD & Blow JJ 2008 'The dynamics of ORC proteins during early embryonic development' ELSO Nice, France 03/08/2008 03/09/2008
Bothwell J, Kisielewska J & Brownlee C 2008 'Ca2+ signals co-ordinate cytoskeletal polarization and cell cycle progression in the brown alga, Fucus serratus' S139-S139 , DOI
Kisielewska JD, Philipova R & Whitaker M 2005 'The pathway controlling sperm decondensation, pronuclei fusion and DNA replication during first cell cycle of sea urchin embryo' 58th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Cell Biology Omiya Sonic City, Saitama, Japan; 15/06/2005 17/06/2005 Cell Structure and Function, vol.30, supplement June 2005, abstract nr 1P-38, p.27
Philipova R, Kisielewska J, Lu P, Larman M, Huang J-Y & Whitaker M 2004 'ERK activation is required for S-phase onset and cell cycle progression after fertilization in sea urchin embryos' 8th Meeting of the European Calcium Society Hinxton Hall, Cambridge 28/07/2004 31/07/2004