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Marcin P. Walkiewicz, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression
Chromatin Structure and Epigenetic Mechanisms
Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 41, Room B901
41 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892


Degree:   Ph.D.
Field of Degree:   Microbiology
Degree Institution:   University of Virginia
Date Degree Granted:   December 2010


Marcin comes from an old part of Krakow, a former capital city located in the south of Poland. He studied biology at the Jagiellonian University in his home town before transferring to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he received his bachelor's degree in 2005. Following his graduation, Marcin enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he earned his Ph.D in the field of microbiology.

During his graduate work with Dr. Daniel A. Engel he immersed himself in the vast field of virology. Marcin started by studying the mechanisms behind regulation of transcription from adenovirus chromatin, which is composed of viral genome associated with multiple copies of highly basic protein VII. He also studied the inhibition of influenza virus replication by novel small molecule compounds targeting viral multifunctional protein NS1. Using several generations of anti-NS1 compound derivatives he described the basis for their molecular mechanism of influenza inhibition and identified which of the NS1 functions are affected by the drug treatment.
Longing to get back to the field of chromatin research, Marcin joined the laboratory of Dr. Yamini Dalal at NCI, where he will pursue his interest in the intricacies of centromeric chromatin structure and the mechanisms of its epigenetic regulation.

His outside interests are mostly focused on all things which are technologically advanced. In his spare time Marcin loves fixing cars, watches, old electronics, or anything that isn't working the way it should. He also enjoys the great outdoors, which pairs well with his recently developed interest in photography.

This page was last updated on 3/17/2011.