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Dr Krzysztof Poterlowicz

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Chemistry and Bioscience
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234737


I graduated in mathematics and applied statistics at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and continued my education at the University of Bradford studying computational modelling of the yeast cell cycle and obtained a MPhil degree in Bioinformatics. In 2009 I visited the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council Canada where my research involved computer simulation of molecular signalling cascades governing the development and differentiation of skin appendages. In 2010 I was awarded a ESPRC PhD fellowship in the Centre of Skin Sciences, University of Bradford. My PhD research project on the bioinformatics analyses of multi-level transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of epidermis  resulted in a number of publications (Journal of Cell Biology, FASEB, Development and Journal of Investigative Dermatology) and Best Paper Prize at the World Congress of Hair Research in Edinburgh in 2013. The same year I joined the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford  where I teach computational biology, medical genetics and statistics. My lab is involved in the national and international focus groups (Elixir, The Carpentries, Galaxy Training Network, Northern BUG) with aim to develop and provide bioinformatics and medical informatics training for research students and staff.


I have a principal interest in development of computational method  for life science research, research data management and training.  

Some of my group recent projects include:

  • ELIXIR-UK: FAIR Data Stewardship training

  • Reference hCNV datasets, use-case workflows and benchmarking
  • Predicting therapy responses in psoriasis
Current team members:

Current postgraduate research students:

  • Katarzyna Kaminiecka
  • Wafa Alsahly
  • Sirli Anniko
  • Sumaia Sabouni
  • Cheralynn (Shelly) Saunders
  • Kirsty Smith
  • Isabel Hyde (with University of Leeds)


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleCellular sheddases are induced by Merkel cell polyomavirus small tumour antigen to mediate cell dissociation and invasiveness (2019)
AuthorsNwogu, N.; Boyne, James R.; Dobson, S.J.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Blair, G.E.; Macdonald, A.; Mankouri, J.; Whitehouse, A.
TitleInterplay of MicroRNA-21 and SATB1 in Epidermal Keratinocytes during Skin Aging. (2019)
AuthorsAhmed MI;Pickup ME;Rimmer AG;Alam M;Mardaryev AN;Poterlowicz K;Botchkareva NV;Botchkarev VA;
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
TitleThe cellular chloride channels CLIC1 and CLIC4 contribute to virus-mediated cell motility (2018)
AuthorsStakaityte, G.; Nwogu, N.; Lippiat, J.D.; Blair, G.E.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Boyne, James R.; Macdonald, A.; Mankouri, J.; Whitehouse, A.
TitleMCV-miR-M1 targets the host-cell immune response resulting in the attenuation of neutrophil chemotaxis (2018)
AuthorsAkhbari, Pouria; Tobin, Desmond J.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Roberts, W.; Boyne, James R.
Title5C analysis of the Epidermal Differentiation Complex locus reveals distinct chromatin interaction networks between gene-rich and gene-poor TADs in skin epithelial cells (2017)
AuthorsPoterlowicz K.;Yarker J.;Malashchuk I.;Lajoie B.;Mardaryev A.;Gdula M.;Sharov A.;Kohwi-Shigematsu T.;Botchkarev V.;Fessing M.
JournalPLoS Genetics
Titlep63 Transcription Factor Regulates Nuclear Shape and Expression of Nuclear Envelope-Associated Genes in Epidermal Keratinocytes (2017)
AuthorsRapisarda V.;Malashchuk I.;Asamaowei I.;Poterlowicz K.;Fessing M.;Sharov A.;Karakesisoglou I.;Botchkarev V.;Mardaryev A.
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
TitleInhibition of HOX/PBX dimer formation leads to necroptosis in acute myeloid leukemia cells (2017)
AuthorsAlharbi, R.A.; Pandha, H.S.; Simpson, G.R.; Pettengell, R.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Thompson, A.; Harrington, K.J.; El-Tanani, Mohamed; Morgan, Richard
Titlep63 transcription factor regulates nuclear shape and expression of nuclear envelope-associated genes in epidermal keratinocyte (2017)
AuthorsRapisarda, Valentina; Malashchuk, Igor; Asamaowei, Inemo E.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Fessing, Michael Y.; Sharov, A.A.; Karakesisoglou, I.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Mardaryev, Andrei N.
TitleCbx4 maintains the epithelial lineage identity and cell proliferation in the developing stratified epithelium (2016)
AuthorsMardaryev, Andrei N.; Liu, B.; Rapisarda, Valentina; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Malashchuk, Igor; Rudolf, Jana; Sharov, A.A.; Jahoda, C.J.; Fessing, Michael Y.; Benitah, S.; Xu, G.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.
TitleCirculating tumour DNA: a minimally invasive biomarker for tumour detection and stratification (2016)
AuthorsSurani, Arif A.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof
TitleMicroRNA-214 controls skin and hair follicle development by modulating the activity of the Wnt pathway (2014)
AuthorsAhmed, Mohammed I.; Alam, Majid A.; Emelianov, V.U.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Patel, Ankit; Sharov, A.A.; Mardaryev, Andrei N.; Botchkareva, Natalia V.
TitleComplex Changes in the Apoptotic and Cell Differentiation Programs during Initiation of the Hair Follicle Response to Chemotherapy (2014)
AuthorsSharova, T.Y.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Botchkareva, Natalia V.; Kondratiev, N.A.; Aziz, A.; Spiegel, J.H.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Sharov, A.A.
Titlep63 and Brg1 control developmentally regulated higher-order chromatin remodelling at the epidermal differentiation complex locus in epidermal progenitor cells (2014)
AuthorsMardaryev, Andrei N.; Gdula, Michal R.; Yarker, Joanne L.; Emelianov, V.U.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Sharov, A.A.; Sharova, T.Y.; Scarpa, J.A.; Chambon, P.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Fessing, Michael Y.
TitleBone morphogenetic protein signaling suppresses wound-induced skin repair by inhibiting keratinocyte proliferation and migration (2014)
AuthorsLewis, Christopher J.; Mardaryev, Andrei N.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Sharova, T.Y.; Aziz, A.; Sharpe, David T.; Botchkareva, Natalia V.; Sharov, A.A.
TitleRemodeling of Three-Dimensional Organization of the Nucleus during Terminal Keratinocyte Differentiation in the Epidermis (2013)
AuthorsGdula, Michal R.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Mardaryev, Andrei N.; Sharov, A.A.; Fessing, Michael Y.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Peng, Yonghong
TitleGenome organizing function of SATB1 in tumor progression. (2013)
AuthorsKohwi-Shigematsu, T.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Ordinario, E.; Han, H.J.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.; Kohwi, Y.
TitleCigarette smoke-induced transgenerational alterations in genome stability in cord blood of human F1 offspring (2012)
AuthorsLaubenthal, Julian; Zlobinskaya, O.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Baumgartner, Adolf; Gdula, Michal R.; Fthenou, E.; Keramarou, M.; Hepworth, S.J.; Kleinjans, J.C.; van Schooten, F.J.; Brunborg, G.; Godschalk, R.W.; Schmid, Thomas E.; Anderson, Diana
TitleCharacterization of Changes in the Proteome in Different Regions of 3D Multicell Tumor Spheroids (2012)
AuthorsMcMahon, Kelly M.; Volpato, Milène; Chi, H.Y.; Musiwaro, P.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Peng, Yonghong; Scally, Andy J.; Patterson, Laurence H.; Phillips, Roger M.; Sutton, Chris W.
Titlep63 regulates Satb1 to control tissue-specific chromatin remodeling during development of the epidermis (2011)
AuthorsFessing, Michael Y.; Mardaryev, Andrei N.; Gdula, Michal R.; Sharov, A.A.; Sharova, T.Y.; Rapisarda, Valentina; Gordon, K.B.; Smorodchenko, A.D.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Ferone, G.; Kohwi, Y.; Missero, C.; Kohwi-Shigematsu, T.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.
TitleLhx2 differentially regulates Sox9, Tcf4 and Lgr5 in hair follicle stem cells to promote epidermal regeneration after injury (2011)
AuthorsMardaryev, Andrei N.; Meier, N.; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Sharov, A.A.; Sharova, T.Y.; Ahmed, Mohammed I.; Rapisarda, Valentina; Lewis, Christopher J.; Fessing, Michael Y.; Ruenger, T.M.; Bhawan, J.; Werner, S.; Paus, R.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.
TitleBMP signaling induces cell-type-specific changes in gene expression programs of human keratinocytes and fibroblasts (2010)
AuthorsFessing, Michael Y.; Atoyan, R.; Shander, B.; Mardaryev, Andrei N.; Botchkarev, V.V. Jr; Poterlowicz, Krzysztof; Peng, Yonghong; Efimova, T.; Botchkarev, Vladimir A.