Dr Katarzyna Whysall.

PhD

Contact Details

Honorary Senior Lecturer, IRC Laureate
T: Ext. 4299
E: kasia.whysall@nuigalway.ie
@kgoljanek
 
researcher
 

Biography

I obtained my PhD at the University of East Anglia. During my PhD I studied the role of microRNAs in skeletal muscle development. This has led to a discovery of microRNA-based mechanisms controlling Pax3 expression during embryonic development of skeletal muscle. I continued my research at the University of East Anglia and characterised novel microRNA:chromatin regulators interactions during muscle development. In 2013 I moved to Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, Liverpool and have been studying the role of epigenetic changes in sarcopenia and osteoarthritis development. My research has shown the critical role of microRNA in regulation of muscle mass and function during ageing. My current position at National University of Ireland, Galway, will allow me to study the therapeutic potential of microRNAs against muscle loss during ageing and disease, such as cachexia and ALS.

Research Interests

My research interests include epigenetic mechanisms associated with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular deterioration during ageing and disease. We are interested in the role that microRNAs play in these disorders and are exploring the therapeutic and biomarker potential of microRNAs during ageing and disease.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Defining the role and mechanisms of microRNA in cartilage ageing and disease
microRNAs as mediators of muscle wasting in offspring of dietary-restricted mothers
MicroRNA-based therapeutics to treat ocular fibrosis in glaucoma
The role of miR-199 in osteoarthritis
The regulation of collagen (I) homotrimer synthesis and its role in musculoskeletal dysfunction
Targeting modified microRNAs as potential therapeutic against sarcopenia
The role of microRNA:target dysfunction in tendon function deterioration
miR-based interventions for cancer cachexia
Role of modified microRNAs in muscle wasting
fit-miRs as potential therapeutics for muscle wasting

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Ana Soriano Targeting modified microRNAs as potential therapeutic against sarcopenia Postdoctoral researcher
Rachel McCormick (past) Do age-related changes in microRNA expression in muscle mediate sarcopenia? Postdoctoral researcher

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Micro(RNA)-managing muscle wasting'
Sannicandro AJ;Soriano-Arroquia A;Goljanek-Whysall K; (2019) 'Micro(RNA)-managing muscle wasting'. Journal Of Applied Physiology, 127 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Differences in plasma and peritoneal fluid proteomes identifies potential biomarkers associated with survival following strangulating small intestinal disease'
Bardell D;Milner PI;Goljanek-Whysall K;Peffers MJ; (2019) 'Differences in plasma and peritoneal fluid proteomes identifies potential biomarkers associated with survival following strangulating small intestinal disease'. Equine Veterinary Journal, 51 (6) [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Skeletal Muscle Wasting and Its Relationship With Osteoarthritis: a Mini-Review of Mechanisms and Current Interventions'
Shorter, E;Sannicandro, AJ;Poulet, B;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2019) 'Skeletal Muscle Wasting and Its Relationship With Osteoarthritis: a Mini-Review of Mechanisms and Current Interventions'. Current Rheumatology Reports, 21 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Towards a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal aging'
Kemp GJ, Jackson MJ, McCloskey EV, Mathers JC, Birrell F, Clegg PD, Cuthbertson DJ, DE Vito G, van Dieën J, Din SD, Eastell R, Garnero P, Goljanek-Whysall K, Hackl M, Hodgson R, Lord S, Mazzà C, McArdel A, Narici M, Peffers MJ, Schiaffino S (2018) 'Towards a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal aging'. Age And Ageing, [Details]
(2016) 'Ageing in relation to skeletal muscle dysfunction: redox homoeostasis to regulation of gene expression'
Goljanek-Whysall, K;Iwanejko, LA;Vasilaki, A;Pekovic-Vaughan, V;McDonagh, B (2016) 'Ageing in relation to skeletal muscle dysfunction: redox homoeostasis to regulation of gene expression'. Mammalian Genome, 27 :341-357 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Redox responses are preserved across muscle fibres with differential susceptibility to aging'
Smith N, Soriano-Arroquia A, Goljanek-Whysall K, Jackson M, McDonagh B (2018) 'Redox responses are preserved across muscle fibres with differential susceptibility to aging'. Journal Of Proteomics, [Details]
(2018) 'Developing a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal ageing'
Birrell FN, Mathers J, McArdle A, Hodgson R, Schiaffino S, Jackson M, Clegg P, Garnero P, Hackl M, Peffers M, Mazzà C, De Vito G, Narici M, van Dieën J, Lord S, Cutherbertson D, Eastell R, Del Din S, Goljanek-Whysall K, McCloskey E, Kemo G (2018) 'Developing a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal ageing'. Age And Ageing, [Details]
(2017) 'Preparation and Culture of Myogenic Precursor Cells/Primary Myoblasts from Skeletal Muscle of Adult and Aged Humans'
Soriano-Arroquia, A;Clegg, PD;Molloy, AP;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2017) 'Preparation and Culture of Myogenic Precursor Cells/Primary Myoblasts from Skeletal Muscle of Adult and Aged Humans'. Jove-Journal Of Visualized Experiments, [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Why do we age? Insights into biology and evolution of ageing'
Weinkove D, Goljanek-Whysall K (2017) 'Why do we age? Insights into biology and evolution of ageing'. Biogerontology, [Details]
(2017) 'Using computer simulation models to investigate the most promising microRNAs to improve muscle regeneration during ageing'
Proctor, CJ;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2017) 'Using computer simulation models to investigate the most promising microRNAs to improve muscle regeneration during ageing'. Scientific Reports, 7 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'MicroRNA Profiling in Cartilage Ageing'
Balaskas, P;Goljanek-Whysall, K;Clegg, P;Fang, YX;Cremers, A;Emans, P;Welting, T;Peffers, M (2017) 'MicroRNA Profiling in Cartilage Ageing'. International Journal Of Genomics, [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Identification of a novel loss-of-function PHEX mutation, Ala720Ser, in a sporadic case of adult-onset hypophosphatemic osteomalacia'
Goljanek-Whysall K, Tridimas A, McCormick R, Russell N J, Sloman M, Sorani A, Waghom A, Fraser WD, Hannan FM (2017) 'Identification of a novel loss-of-function PHEX mutation, Ala720Ser, in a sporadic case of adult-onset hypophosphatemic osteomalacia'. Bone, [Details]
(2017) 'microRNA–SIRT‐1 interactions: key regulators of adult skeletal muscle homeostasis?'
Rachel McCormick Brian McDonagh Katarzyna Goljanek‐Whysall (2017) 'microRNA–SIRT‐1 interactions: key regulators of adult skeletal muscle homeostasis?'. American Journal Of Physiology, [Details]
(2016) 'Age-related changes in mesenchymal stem cells identified using a multi-omics approach'
MJ Peffers, J Collins, Y Fang, K Goljanek-Whysall, M Rushton, J Loughlin, C Proctor, PD Clegg (2016) 'Age-related changes in mesenchymal stem cells identified using a multi-omics approach'. European Cells & Materials, [Details]
(2016) 'The effect of lengthening contractions on neuromuscular junction structure in adult and old mice'
Vasilaki, A;Pollock, N;Giakoumaki, I;Goljanek-Whysall, K;Sakellariou, GK;Pearson, T;Kayani, A;Jackson, MJ;McArdle, A (2016) 'The effect of lengthening contractions on neuromuscular junction structure in adult and old mice'. Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 38 :259-272 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'The functional consequences of age-related changes in microRNA expression in skeletal muscle'
Soriano-Arroquia, A;House, L;Tregilgas, L;Canty-Laird, E;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2016) 'The functional consequences of age-related changes in microRNA expression in skeletal muscle'. Biogerontology, 17 :641-654 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Age-related changes in miR-143-3p:Igfbp5 interactions affect muscle regeneration'
Soriano-Arroquia, A;McCormick, R;Molloy, AP;McArdle, A;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2016) 'Age-related changes in miR-143-3p:Igfbp5 interactions affect muscle regeneration'. Aging Cell, 15 :361-369 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Decoding the Regulatory Landscape of Ageing in Musculoskeletal Engineered Tissues Using Genome-Wide DNA Methylation and RNASeq'
Peffers, MJ;Goljanek-Whysall, K;Collins, J;Fang, YX;Rushton, M;Loughlin, J;Proctor, C;Clegg, PD (2016) 'Decoding the Regulatory Landscape of Ageing in Musculoskeletal Engineered Tissues Using Genome-Wide DNA Methylation and RNASeq'. Plos One, 11 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'myomiR-dependent switching of BAF60 variant incorporation into Brg1 chromatin remodeling complexes during embryo myogenesis'
Goljanek-Whysall, K;Mok, GF;Alrefaei, AF;Kennerley, N;Wheeler, GN;Munsterberg, A (2014) 'myomiR-dependent switching of BAF60 variant incorporation into Brg1 chromatin remodeling complexes during embryo myogenesis'. Development , 141 :3378-3387 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Regulation of multiple target genes by miR-1 and miR-206 is pivotal for C2C12 myoblast differentiation'
Goljanek-Whysall, K;Pais, H;Rathjen, T;Sweetman, D;Dalmay, T;Munsterberg, A (2012) 'Regulation of multiple target genes by miR-1 and miR-206 is pivotal for C2C12 myoblast differentiation'. Journal Of Cell Science, 125 :3590-3600 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'MicroRNA regulation of the paired-box transcription factor Pax3 confers robustness to developmental timing of myogenesis'
Goljanek-Whysall, K;Sweetman, D;Abu-Elmagd, M;Chapnik, E;Dalmay, T;Hornstein, E;Munsterberg, A (2011) 'MicroRNA regulation of the paired-box transcription factor Pax3 confers robustness to developmental timing of myogenesis'. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 108 :11936-11941 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Specific requirements of MRFs for the expression of muscle specific microRNAs, miR-1, miR-206 and miR-133'
Sweetman, D;Goljanek, K;Rathjen, T;Oustanina, S;Braun, T;Dalmay, T;Munsterberg, A (2008) 'Specific requirements of MRFs for the expression of muscle specific microRNAs, miR-1, miR-206 and miR-133'. Developmental Biology, 321 :491-499 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) BMC MEDICAL GENOMICS
Abu-Elmagd, M;Whysall, KG;Wheeler, G;Munsterberg, A (2015) Sprouty2 mediated tuning of signalling is essential for somite myogenesis BMC MEDICAL GENOMICS [DOI] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
(2019) Ageing here and now: current research and transformative therapies.
Cox, L;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2019) Ageing here and now: current research and transformative therapies. NEW YORK: Editorial [DOI] [Details]
(2018) The biology of ageing and the omics revolution.
Harries L;Goljanek-Whysall K; (2018) The biology of ageing and the omics revolution. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2015) microRNAs: Modulators of the underlying pathophysiology of sarcopenia?.
Brown, DM;Goljanek-Whysall, K (2015) microRNAs: Modulators of the underlying pathophysiology of sarcopenia?. CLARE: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2012) microRNAs in skeletal muscle differentiation and disease.
Goljanek-Whysall, K;Sweetman, D;Munsterberg, AE (2012) microRNAs in skeletal muscle differentiation and disease. LONDON: Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Invited Speaker Manchester Metropolitan University
2019 Invited Session Chair and Speaker Gordon Research Conference: Oxidative Stress & Disease, USA
2019 Inivted Speaker UCC
2017 Invited oral presentation: Ageing Summit 2017, UK
2016 Invited Oral Presentation, Big Roles for Small RNAs, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
2015 Oral presentation American Aging Association
2014 Korenchevsky Award British Society for Research into Ageing
2014 Elevated Oral presentation British Society for Research into Ageing
2012 Invited talk Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
2009 Invited talk: MyoRes conference, Malta; MyoRes

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy / /
CIMA Member /
RNA Society Member /
Biochemical Society Member /
British Society for Research on Ageing Executive Committee /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
GM Committee Member /
Curriculum review committee Member /
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany (Interdisciplinary Research Consortia on Musculoskeletal Diseases call) Panel member /
Widening participation Member /
HBB Health&Safety Member /
Athena Swan Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Liverpool Senior Lecturer 01-OCT-16 /
University of East Anglia Senior Research Associate 01-MAY-10 / 28-FEB-13
University of Liverpool Tenure-Track Fellow 01-MAR-13 / 30-SEP-16
NUI Galway IRC Laureate, Senior Research Lecturer, Hon. 01-SEP-18 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 University of East Anglia PhD Molecular developmental biology
2006 A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland Msc Biotechnology
2004 A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland BSc Biotechnology

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Other Patient involvement panel 16-AUG-18 /
Outreach Meet the Scientist /
Outreach STEM Ambassador /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Biogerontology Editor
Scientific Reports Editor
Reviewer
British Journal Of Pharmacology Reviewer
Scientific Reports Reviewer
European Cells & Materials Reviewer
Aging Reviewer
Experimental Gerontology Reviewer
American Journal Of Physiology Reviewer
Annals Of Human Genetics Reviewer
Jove-Journal Of Visualized Experiments Reviewer
International Journal Of Molecular Sciences Reviewer
Molecular Genetics And Genomics Reviewer
Febs Letters Reviewer
Current Opinion In Pharmacology Reviewer
Nature Communications Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Executive Committee member - British Society for Research into Ageing Guest Editor for Biogerontology

PhD viva examiner - University of Jaen,Spain

House of Lords, UK Live Longer Liver Well fundraising event

Invited international panel member for Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany (Interdisciplinary Research Consortia on Musculoskeletal Diseases call)

Editor - Scientific Reports

Editor - Biogerontology

PhD examiner, University of Liverpool, UK

MbyRes external examiner - University of Exeter, UK

Grant reviewer for BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, The Pain Foundation, Dunhill Medical Trust, The Horse Trust.

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Turki Aljuaid Y
David Bardell Y
Gulam Atlab PhD
John Gostage
Lina Abdul Kadir
Panagiotis Balaskas PhD
Jeremy Richards PhD
Emily Shorter PhD
Moussira Almeddine PhD
Roberto Avelar PhD
Lisa Dowling PhD
Anthony Sannicandro Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2018 Ana Soriano PhD Y
2018 Caroline Chinda PhD Y
2019 Ifigeneia Giakomuaki PhD Y

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2018/2019 1CMT1
2019/2020 SI207
2019/2020 CIMA001
2018/2019 CIMA001
2018/2019 LIFE102
2018/19 Pathophysiology SI432
2018/19 Case based Physiology SI4102
2018/19 SI212
2018/19 SI208

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Dr. Brian McDonagh
Redox and microRNA regulation of muscle wasting

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Prof. Ilaria Bellantuono University of Sheffield UNITED KINGDOM
Musculoskeletal ageing
Dr. Aphrodite Vasilaki University of Liverpool UNITED KINGDOM
Maternal diet effect on offspring health
Prof. N. Deutz, Prof. M. Engelen Texas A&M University U.S.A.
Investigating the potential of microRNAs as biomarkers of muscle and general health
Prof. Peter Clegg, Dr. Mandy Peffers University of Liverpool UNITED KINGDOM
The role of microRNAs in Oa and tendon dysfunction
Prof. Claire Stewart John Moores University UNITED KINGDOM
Redox balance and microRNAs in sarcopenia
Prof. George Bou-gharios, Dr. Blandine Poulet University of Liverpool UNITED KINGDOM
The role of microRNAs in osteoarthritis