Monika was awarded a PhD in Endocrinology from Jagiellonian University in 2005. Since 2007 she is a postdoctoral scientist in the Centre for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Dublin Academic Medical Centre in St Vincent’s University. She is also a visiting research fellow in the Department of Molecular Rheumatology, Trinity College Dublin. Her research projects were founded by Health Research Board Ireland and MSD Newman Fellowship. Monika has established a strong scientific track record in the field of inflammatory arthritis, specifically in the area of hypoxia, oxidative damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and angiogenesis. She has developed a number of in-vitro and in-vivo models using primary cell culture and human synovial tissue from patients with inflammatory arthritis. Outputs from her projects have been published in high impact journals and widely presented at international EULAR and ACR conferences.