Ewelina Knapska

Ewelina Knapska

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw


Dr Ewelina Knapska studied biology and psychology at Warsaw University, and earned her PhD in neurobiology from the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She spent two years as a post-doc at the University of Michigan, then received her DSc (habilitation) degree in 2013. She has won grants and stipends from the Foundation for Polish Science, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and Academia Europaea. This year she won the Polish Prime Minister’s Prize for her habilitation work. She studies the neurobiological foundations of emotions. In particular, she tries to describe the cellular mechanisms involved in social transmission of emotions, reward-motivated learning, and fear suppression in rodents, using both advanced molecular biology techniques and methods of non-invasive observation of animal behavior.

Dr. Ewelina Knapska, head of the Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology at the Nencki Institute, tells us about why our brains strive for success and how humans differ from animals in this regard


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