My main scientific interests concern enzymes involved in lipid synthesis in plants, especially crops like rapeseed (Brassica napus) and camelina (Camelina sativa). I am trying to decipher the enzymes' activity, substrate preference and their intertwined connection. I am also interested in developing crops with higher oil quantity and quality and in developing crops producing unusual fatty acids.
I have completed my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biotechnology at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk. On October 26th, 2018 I was granted a PhD in Biological Sciences - Discipline of Biochemistry at the abovementioned Institution (The topic of my thesis was: The participation of DGAT (acyl-CoA: diacylglycerol acyltransferase) and PDAT (phospholipid:diacylglycerol acyltransferase) types of acyltransferases in accumulation of triacylglycerols in seeds of selected oilseed plants), where I was also employed employed as a postdoctoral researcher afterwards, before coming to SLU in June 2020.
Publikationer i urval
Demski K., Łosiewska A., Jasieniecka-Gazarkiewicz K., Klińska S., Banaś A. (2020) Phospholipid:Diacylglycerol Acyltransferase1 Overexpression Delays Senescence and Enhances Post-heat and Cold Exposure Fitness, Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 611897, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.611897
Jeppson S., Mattisson H., Demski K., Lager I. (2020) A predicted transmembrane region in plant diacylglycerol acyltransferase 2 regulates specificity toward very-long-chain acyl-CoAs, The Journal of Biological Chemistry 295 (45): 15398-15406, doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA120.013755
Klińska S., Jasieniecka-Gazarkiewicz K., Demski K., Banaś A. (2020) Editing of phosphatidic acid and phosphatidylethanolamine by acyl‑CoA: lysophospholipid acyltransferases in developing Camelina sativa seeds, Planta 252: 4, doi: 10.1007/s00425-020-03408-z
Jeppson S., Demski K., Carlsson A.S., Zhu L-H., Banaś A., Stymne S., Lager I. (2019) Crambe hispanica Subsp. abyssinica Diacylglycerol Acyltransferase Specificities Towards Diacylglycerols and Acyl-CoA Reveal Combinatorial Effects That Greatly Affect Enzymatic Activity and Specificity, Frontiers in Plant Science 10: 1442, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01442
Demski K., Jeppson S., Lager I., Misztak A., Jasieniecka-Gazarkiewicz K., Waleron M., Stymne S., Banaś A. (2019) Isoforms of Acyl-CoA:Diacylglycerol Acyltransferase2 Differ Substantially in Their Specificities toward Erucic Acid, Plant Physiology 181: 1468-1479, doi: 10.1104/pp.19.01129
Jasieniecka-Gazarkiewicz K., Demski K., Lager I., Stymne S., Banaś A. (2015) Possible Role of Different Yeast and Plant Lysophospholipid:Acyl-CoA Acyltransferases (LPLATs) in Acyl Remodelling of Phospholipids, LIPIDS 51(1): 15-23, doi: 10.1007/s11745-015-4102-0
Furmanek T., Demski K., Banaś W., Haslam R., Napier J., Stymne S., Banaś A. (2014) The utilization of acyl- CoA and the involvement of PDAT and DGAT in the biosynthesis of erucic acid rich triacylglycerols in crambe seed oil, LIPIDS 49(4): 65-75, doi: 10.1007/s11745-014-3886-7