I graduated Biotechnology with a specialty of Genetic diagnostics at the Faculty of Agriculture and Bioengineering at the University of Life Sciences in Poznan. During my studies I did scientific internships at Department of Biotechnology at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences in Norway and The Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier in France. From 2014 I started PhD studies at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS’s PhD Program. My PhD thesis titled ‘Characterization of chosen (epi)-genetic aspects in high myopia in Polish patients’ was completed at Department of Cancer Genetics at the Institute of Human Genetics PAS, where in 2020 I obtained the PhD in medical and health sciences. My scientific interest is focused on environmental, genetic and epigenetic factors in etiology of school and high myopia in Polish patients.

In 2019 I obtained the scholarship from European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) for the scientific internship at Department of Epidemiology and Department of Ophthalmology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where I broadened my knowledge and skills in research on myopia epidemiology and pathogenesis.

Currently, I am conducting my own research project concerning the role of DNA methylation in the etiology of high myopia in Polish children.


Charakterystyka wybranych aspektów (epi)-genetycznych w wysokiej krótkowzroczności u polskich pacjentów.

Świerkowska J

Monografia, Wyd. Instytut Genetyki Człowieka PAN, Poznań, ISBN: 978-83-950393-6-2; 2019: 1-150.



06 - 09.06.2020

European Human Genetics Virtual Conference, "Revealing the role of enhancers in myopia"

Houston, USA

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting 2019, “DNA hypomethylation in high myopia: differentially methylated genes in overrepresented molecular pathways could contribute to high myopia in Polish children”

15 – 18.06.2019
Gothenburg, Sweden

European Human Genetics Conference, ‘Hypermethylated genes and pathways in Polish children with high myopia’

Bydgoszcz, Poland

9th convention of Polish Society of Human Genetics, „Searching for sequence variants related to high myopia: axial length, intraocular pressure, and corneal curvature in Polish families”

Milan, Italy

European Human Genetics Conference, “Variants in the FLRT3 and SLC35E2B identified using whole-exome sequencing in seven high myopia families from Central Europe”

Lodz, Poland

5th Polish Congress of Genetics, “Comparison of mtDNA and mitochondrial transcripts in keratoconus patients from Polish population”


Awarded: dr n. med. Joanna Świerkowska
Nomination for the Polish Intelligent Development Award 2020
Given by: Polish Intelligent Development

Nomination for the Polish Intelligent Development Award 2020 in the category: Sciencist of the future for the project: Rola metylacji DNA w etiologii wysokiej krótkowzroczności u polskich dzieci".

Awarded: dr n. med. Joanna Świerkowska
EMBO Short-term fellowship
Given by: EMBO

Joanna Świerkowska from the Department of Cancer Genetics received an EMBO short-term fellowship for the implementation of the project “The role of the noncoding miRNA and enhancers in high myopia” at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands