Anna Blasiak obtained her PhD from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2007. During her PhD studies she examined the electrophysiology of brain structures involved in regulation of circadian rhythms, particularly the thalamic intergeniculate leaflet (IGL). As a postdoctoral fellow she continued her studies of peptidergic regulation of circadian functions, including the first report of a strong relaxin-3 projection from the periaqueductal grey to the IGL and the electrophysiological effects of relaxin-3 receptor (RXFP3) activation in the IGL. In 2011, supported by a Commonwealth Endeavour Fellowship, she undertook further studies in the laboratory of Andrew Gundlach at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, to examine the influence of the relaxin-3/RXFP3 system on sleep/wake and stress-related behaviours in mice. Anna currently leads a group at the Jagiellonian University that is elucidating the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the interactions between the relaxin-3/RXFP3 system and other neural substrates that control stress responses, arousal/sleep and feeding/metabolism.
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