Wioletta Czaja Ph.D. - The Hormel Institute

Wioletta Czaja Ph.D

Assistant Professor
DNA Repair and Genome Stability


We would like to introduce Wioletta Czaja (pronounced “chaya”), who began working at the Hormel Institute on March 29th. Dr. Czaja obtained her PhD in the Department of Microbiology Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Miller. She completed postdoctoral training in the School of Molecular Biosciences and Department of Animal Sciences at the Washington State University in Pullman, WA, under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Smerdon and Dr. Buel Dan Rodgers. Wioletta is originally from Poland, and currently lives in Rochester.

Nearly all forms of cancer contain significant levels of genomic instability, resulting from deficient or dysregulated DNA repair processes. Dr. Czaja’s research investigates molecular mechanisms of genome stability with a focus on DNA damage and repair, chromatin remodeling and development of new methodologies enabling genome-wide profiling of mutagenic and carcinogenic DNA adducts. As a faculty at the Hormel Institute, her goal is to establish a collaborative, cross-disciplinary research program investigating mechanisms of genome instability in cancer to better understand fundamental processes involved in mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, and advance development of novel therapies and approaches in personalized and preventive medicine.

Personal interests and hobbies

She speaks Polish and English. She enjoys healthy cooking, spending time with her twin boys, outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, camping, bike riding, photography and traveling.

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