Prof. Maria Augustyniak is a professor working in the Department of Animal Physiology and Ecotoxicology, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Major scientific interests of professor Maria Augustyniak are: aging theory, stress theory and the theory of natural selection under anthropogenic pressure; assessment of DNA stability under the influence of various environmental stress factors; phenotypic plasticity, tolerance and adaptation of animals to various stress factors at different levels (from molecular to population); toxicity/biocompatibility of nanoparticles, mainly graphene oxide and nanodiamonds and other carbon nanoparticles; reproductive potential of organisms selected toward resistance to heavy metals or longevity; ecotoxicology.

Maria Augustyniak is the co-author of numerous articles published in prestigious journals, including: Carbon, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Fish & Shellfish Immunology, Chemosphere, Environmental Research, Scientific Reports, Environmental Pollution and many others.