Zinka Bartolek


Graduate student

zinkab at uw.edu

Research interests:

I study how microorganism interact with each other in the ocean, focusing on molecular mechanisms of interactions between phytoplankton and bacteria. I am investigating these interactions in various ways, including controlled lab studies of cultured organisms, models of interactions based on environmental omics data, and field experiments.


Bartolek Z, Creveld SGV, Coesel S, Cain KR, Schatz M, Morales R, Virginia Armbrust E. Flavobacterial exudates disrupt cell cycle progression and metabolism of the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. ISME J. 2022 Dec;16(12):2741-2751. doi: 10.1038/s41396-022-01313-9. Epub 2022 Sep 14. PMID: 36104452; PMCID: PMC9666458.

Siripuram R, Bartolek Z, Patil K, Gill SS, Pai SB. Disruption of Colorectal Cancer Network by Polyphyllins Reveals Pivotal Entities with Implications for Chemoimmunotherapy. Biomedicines. 2021 Mar 2;10(3):583. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines10030583. PMID: 35327385; PMCID: PMC8945690.

Mojib N, Xu J, Bartolek Z, Imhoff B, McCarty N, Shin C, Kubanek J. Zebrafish aversive taste co-receptor is expressed in both chemo- and mechanosensory cells and plays a role in lateral line development. Sci Rep 7, 13475 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14042-3 image