After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.
Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.
My academic interest focuses on exploring the nature of the strong interaction and the way it manifests itself in the properties and interactions of hadrons. Pursuing this scientific direction, I have been studying experimentally the features of nucleons - the basic constituents of visible matter - from the electric dipole moment, through the source of their mass, to the spin properties.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in particle physics at the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory trying to unravel the mystery of the origin of the spin of the proton with the STAR experiment.
I am also a supporter of the postdoc community in my role of co-chair of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association and a science communication enthusiast.
PhD in Experimental Physics, 2016
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
MSc in Experimental Physics, 2013
Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
BSc in Experimental Physics, 2011
Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
How the spin of a nucleon arises from the spins and orbital angular momenta of quarks and gluons? This fundamental question in hadron physics remains not completely answered. Experiments with polarized proton-proton collisions can bring us closer to the comprehensive understanding of the internal spin structure of matter.
The origin of the matter-antimatter imbalance in the universe is one of the grand puzzles of modern physics. Searches for Electric Dipole Moments of charged hadrons within the JEDI collaboration can shed the light on the new sources on the CP-symmetry violation which could explain the observed preponderance of matter in our world.
Central exclusive production processes are characterized by large regions in forward rapidity devoid of hadrons, and a centrally produced state, in our case pairs of charged mesons. This class of reactions measured at TeV energies has an important role in meson spectroscopy, favoring states having valence gluons, such as glueballs.
The fact that up and down quarks have slightly different masses has quite some impact on our existence, resulting in proton being heavier then neutron, and therefore stable. Net effects of quark-mass differences can be studied in hadronic reactions, e.g., in the reaction measured with the WASA-at-COSY experiment.
To push further the frontier of our knowledge, we, as a community of scientists, cannot forget how essential popularization of science is. We can build state-of-the-art experimental facilities and create revolutionary theories and ideas, but as long as we do not have a diverse generation of enthusiastic young people with a critical-thinking attitude to continue our work, we cannot expect to achieve any long-lasting progress.
STEM outreach and education, especially supporting girls and women, is an essential part of my mission as a scientist. My main areas of outreach engagement are Classroom and Mentoring, Public Engagement, Social Media and Advocacy for change.*
My adventure with teaching started during my studies at the Jagiellonian University, where I obtained my teaching qualifications. Since then, I’ve led several classroom activities for university and K-12 students.
In addition to my tutoring experience with grad students and summer interns, I have been participating in many K-12 mentorship programs related to promoting careers in STEM.
STEM Festivals and Science Fairs are one of my favorite outreach activities. I love sharing my enthusiasm for science to spark the interest of the general public.
During my career, I’ve been heavily involved in organizations supporting STEM students and early-career scientist. This involvement helped me, first of all, in understanding the challenges and motivations of our community. This knowledge is essential for effective organization of association’s programs that help to shape the future career paths of young scientists. With my leadership and project management experience, I aim for making the scientific environment more inclusive and supportive for early-career researchers.*
As a co-chair of Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association I support our community of early-career researchers through career-development and community-building programs.
As a president of the association I was supporting STEM students of the Jagiellonian University through science projects, workshops, conferences, and community-building programs.