Halina Ślesak


Department of Plant Cytology and Embryology
Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University
Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Cracow
e-mail: halina.slesak@uj.edu.pl
phone: +48 12 664 60 27

Research interests

  • Plant tissue culture
  • Experimental plant embryology
  • Micropropagation – energy plants, holoparasites
  • Morphogenesis in vitro – histological, physiological, genetic and molecular aspects
  • Genetic sex marker – sex identification (seeds, seedlings)  
  • Relationship between sex and morphogenesis in vitro
  • Genetic stability of regenerants (molecular markers)
  • Photosynthetic apparatus development – morphogenesis in vitro/ex vitro acclimation

Journal reviews

  • Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica
  • Acta Physiologiae Plantarum
  • African Journal of Biotechnology
  • In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant
  • Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality
  • Journal of Developmental Biology and Tissue Engineering
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences
  • Semina Scientiarum

Academic teaching activity

Selected courses

  • Principles of Plant Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Diversity and evolution of plants
  • Microphotography Workshop
  • Bachelor’s workshop
  • Specialist Laboratory Class
  • Proseminar
  • Diploma Seminar


  • Master students: 7
  • Bachelor students: 4
  • Doctoral students: 1

Selected publications

Ślesak I., Ślesak H., Kruk J. 2017. RubisCO early oxygenase activity: a kinetic and evolutionary perspective. BioEssays DOI: 10.1002/bies.201700071
Ślesak H., Liszniańska M., Ślesak I., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M., Popielarska-Konieczna M., Joachimiak A. J. 2017.  Rooting affects the photosystem II activity: in vitro and ex vitro studies on energy hybrid sorrel. Acta Physiologiae  Plantarum  39: 210.

Ślesak H., Dziedzic K., Kwolek D., Cygan M.,  Mizia P., Olejniczak P., Joachimiak A. J. 2017. Female versus male – Rumex thyrsiflorus Fingerh. under in vitro conditions. Does sex influence in vitro morphogenesis? Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 129:521–532

Ślesak I., Ślesak H., Zimak-Piekarczyk P., Rozpądek P. 2016. Enzymatic antioxidant systems in early anaerobes : theoretical considerations. Astrobiology 16 (5): 348-358

Piwowarczyk R., Kwolek D., Denysenko M., Cygan M., Góralski G., Ślesak H., Tuleja M., Joachimiak A. J. 2015. Orobanche grenieri (Orobanchaceae), a southwestern European species newly found in Asia. Annales Botanici Fennici 52: 411-418

Ślesak H., Góralski G., Kwolek D., Dziedzic K., Grabowska-Joachimiak  A. 2015. Male adventitious roots of Rumex thyrsiflorus Fingerh. as a source of genetically stable micropropagated plantlets. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 123:193–203

Ślesak H., Liszniańska M., Popielarska-Konieczna M., Góralski G., Sliwinska E., Joachimiak A. J. 2014. Micropropagation protocol for the hybrid sorrel Rumex tianschanicus x Rumex patientia, an energy plant. Histological, SEM and flow cytometric analyses. Industrial Crops and Products 62: 156-165

Pilarska M., Popielarska-Konieczna M., Ślesak H., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M., Góralski G., Konieczny R., Bohdanowicz J., Kuta E. 2014. Extracellular matrix surface network is associated with non-morphogenic calli of Helianthus tuberosus cv. Albik produced from various explants. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 83 (1): 67-73

Ślesak H., Liszniańska M., Popielarska-Konieczna M., Ślesak I. 2014. Hybrid sorrel (Rumex tianschanicus × Rumex patientia) a high biomass yielding plant as an interesting object of physiological research. Modern Phytomorphology 6: 29–31

Ślesak H., Dziedzic K., Kwolek D. 2014. In vitro organogenesis in Rumex thyrsiflorus Fingerh. – problems of sex ratios. Modern Phytomorphology 6: 25–27

Tuleja M., Ślesak H., Musiał K., Joachimiak A. J. 2014. Molecular, histological and embryological analysis of regenerants obtained during in vitro culture of immature embryos of apomictic Taraxacum belorussicum Val. N. Tikhom. Modern Phytomorphology 6: 33–35

Popielarska-Konieczna M., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M., Marcińska I., Kwolek D., Ślesak H. 2014. Isolated endosperm tissue as a model for experimental botany. Modern Phytomorphology 6: 19–20

Popielarska-Konieczna  M., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M., Tuleja M.,  Slesak H.,  Kapusta P., Marcinska I., Bohdanowicz J. 2013. Genotype-dependent efficiency of endosperm development in culture of selected cereals: histological and ultrastructural studies. Protoplasma 250 (1): 361-36

Ślesak H., Góralski G., Pawłowska H., Skucińska B., Popielarska–Konieczna M., Joachimiak A. J. 2013. The effect of genotype on a barley scutella culture. Histological aspects. Central European Journal of  Biology 8 (1): 30-37

Ślesak I., Ślesak H., Kruk J. 2012. Oxygen and Hydrogen Peroxide in the Early Evolution of Life on Earth: In silico Comparative Analysis of Biochemical Pathways. Astrobiology 12 (8): 775-784

Popielarska-Konieczna M., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M., Świerczyńska J., Góralski G., Ślesak H., Bohdanowicz J. 2008. Ultrastructure and histochemical analysis of extracellular matrix surface network in kiwifruit endosperm-derived callus culture. Plant Cell Reports 27 (7): 1137- 1145   

Ślesak I.,  Ślesak H., Libik M., Miszalski Z. 2008. Antioxidant response system in the short-term post-wounding effect in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum leaves. Journal of Plant Physiology 165 (2): 127-137

Popielarska – Konieczna M., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno M.,  Świerczynska J., Góralski G.,  Ślesak H., Bohdanowicz  J. 2008. Are extracellular matrix surface network components involved in signaling and protective function? Plant Signaling & Behavior 3 (9): 707-709

Ślesak I., Hałdaś W., Ślesak H. 2006. Influence of exogenous carbohydrates on superoxide dismutase activity in Trifolium repens L. explants cultured in vitro. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 48 (1): 93-98

Popielarska M., Ślesak H., Góralski G. 2006. Histological and SEM studies on organogenesis in endosperm derived callus of kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa cv. Hayward). Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 48 (2): 97-104

Góralski G., Popielarska M., Ślesak H., Siwińska D., Batycka M. 2005. Organogenesis in endosperm of Actinidia deliciosa cv. Hayward cultured in vitro. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 47 (2): 121-128

Ślesak H., Popielarska M., Góralski G. 2005. Morphological and histological aspects of 2,4-D effects on rape explants (Brassica napus L. cv. Kana) cultured in vitro. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 47 (1): 219-226

Ślesak H., Skoczowski A., Przywara L. 2004. Exogenous carbohydrate utilisation by explants of Brassica napus cultured in vitro. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 79 (1): 45-51

Ślesak H., Przywara L. 2003. The effect of carbohydrate source on the development of  Brassica napus L. immature embryos in vitro. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 45 (2): 183-190

Bogunia H., Przywara L. 2000. Effect of carbohydrates on callus induction and regeneration ability in Brassica napus L. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 42 (1): 79-86