Joanna Konopka

Postdoctoral Fellow  (started July 2019)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Hometown: Warsaw and Gdynia, Poland

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  • Undergraduate: The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada; BSc (Bachelor of Science): Ecology and Evolution 2006- 2011
  • Graduate: The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada; MSc (Master of Science): Biology; 2011-2013
  • Graduate: The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada; PhD: Biology; Thesis advisors: Jeremy N. McNeil and Tara Gariepy; Thesis: “Trophic and Competitive Interactions among Egg Parasitoids of Stink Bugs” 2014-2018
  • Postdoctoral: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA; Neuroscience; Advisor: Christopher Potter, PhD. 2019-present


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC PDF), 2020- 2022
  • Outstanding Research Contribution Scholarship, University of Western Ontario (PSAC Local 610), 2018
  • Doctoral Excellence Research Award (DERA), 2016
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2016-2017
  • Nominated for Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold), 2015
  • Doctoral Post Graduate Scholarship (NSERC- PGSD3), 2014-2016
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2014-2015 (declined- NSERC already chosen)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC- CGS M) 2012-2013
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2012-2013 (declined- NSERC already chosen)

Research Interests:
Behavioral ecology, entomology, neurobiology and neuroethology, arthropod disease vectors, vector-borne diseases.

Interests outside the lab:
Puzzles, reading (mystery, thrillers, science), cooking, nature and hiking, snorkeling

Fun fact:
I was a solo vocalist while growing up; I hiked around the Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps; my 2nd “adopted” country is Mauritius.