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Address: Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research, ul. Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Kraków, room 2.63

Phone: +48 12 664 5054

E-mail: edyta.podmokla@uj.edu.pl

Main research areas

  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Impact of avian malaria on the host fitness
  • Genetic variation and susceptibility to parasitic infections
  • Factors shaping the spatial distribution of parasitic infections
  • Reproductive strategies and parental investment, extra-pair copulations, maternal effects


  • Molecular analysis: DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, sequencing, cloning, microsatellites analysis
  • Immunological analysis: Haemagglutination assay, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
  • Phylogenetic, Statistical and Spatial analysis
  • Population surveys of birds


Kubacka J, Podmokła E, Korb J, Dubiec A (2020) Heterozygosity and fitness in a threatened songbird : blood parasite infection is explained by single-locus but not genome-wide effects. Journal of Ornithology 161: 803-817.

Janas K, Podmokła E, Lutyk D, Dubiec A, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M, Drobniak S (2018) Influence of haemosporidian infection status on structural and carotenoid-based colouration in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Journal of Avian Biology, in press

Podmokła E, Drobniak SM, Rutkowska J (2018) Chicken or egg? Outcomes of experimental manipulations of maternally transmitted hormones depend on administration method - a meta-analysis. Biological Reviews, 93: 1499-1517

Dubiec A, Podmokła E, Harnist I, Mazgajski TD (2018) Haemoparasites of the pied flycatcher: inter-population variation in prevalence and community composition. Parasitology 145: 912-919

Arct A, Sudyka J, Podmokła E, Drobniak SM, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2017) Heterozygosity-fitness correlations in the blue tit nestlings (Cyanistes caeruleus) under contrasting rearing conditions. Evolutionary Ecology 31: 803-813

Dubiec A, Podmokła E, Gustafsson L (2017) Intra-individual changes in haemosporidian infections over the nesting period in great tit females. Parasitology Research 116: 2385-2392

Podmokła E, Dubiec A, Drobniak SM, Sudyka J, Krupski A, Arct A, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2017) Effect of haemosporidian infections on host survival and recapture rate in the blue tit. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 796-803

Dubiec A, Podmokła E, Zagalska-Neubauer M, Drobniak SM, Arct A, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2016) Differential prevalence and diversity of haemosporidian parasites in two sympatric closely related non-migratory passerines. Parasitology 143: 1320-1329

Podmokła E, Dubiec A, Arct A, Drobniak SM, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2015) Malaria infection status predicts extra-pair paternity in the blue tit. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 303-306

Podmokła E, Dubiec A, Drobniak SM, Arct A, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2014) Determinants of prevalence and intensity of infection with malaria parasites in the blue tit. Journal of Ornithology 155: 721-727

Podmokła E, Dubiec A, Drobniak SM, Arct A, Gustafsson L, Cichoń M (2014) Avian malaria is associated with increased reproductive investment in the blue tit. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 219-224

Arct A, Drobniak SM, Podmokła E, Gustafson L, Cichoń M (2013) Benefits of extra-pair mating may depend on environmental conditions - an experimental study in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1809-1815

Podmokła E (2011) Transfer matczynych przeciwciał u ptaków. Wszech¶wiat, t. 112, nr 1-3/2011

Scientific Cooperation

  • Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab, Lund University, Lund Szwecja
  • Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Szwecja



  • WBNZ-922 - Zoology - vertebrates
  • WBNZ-970 – Phylogenetics
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