Dr. Piotr Konieczny

Postdoctoral Fellow

Piotr is a Bernard B. Levine Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology. He received his Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University, Poland where he investigated the role of an RNase, MCPIP1, in skin physiology and pathophysiology. In particular, he dissected how epidermally-expressed RNase is modulated by and affects the pathology of skin diseases such as psoriasis, skin cancers and wound healing. 

In 2019, he joined the Naik lab as a visiting Ph.D. fellow and since defended his thesis and continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the Naik lab. His postdoctoral training focuses on decoding the crosstalk between immune and epithelial cells during regeneration and carcinogenesis. Piotr has been recognized for his work and received several awards including the Research Award for Young Researchers from Lilly Company, European Society for Dermatological Research, Etiuda Fellowship from Polish National Science Center and National Psoriasis Foundation Early Career Research Grant. 


1. Konieczny Piotr, Naik Shruti. Healing without scarring. Science. 2021 Apr 23; 372(6540):346-347

2. Konieczny Piotr, Naik Shruti. Warp speed Ahead! Technology-driven breakthroughs in skin immunity and inflammatory disease. J Invest Dermatology. 2020 Jun 10; S0022-202X(20)31595-5

3. Guenin-Mace L, Konieczny P and Naik S. Immune-Epithelial Crass Talk in Regeneration and Repair. Annu. Rev. Immunol. January 2023.

4. Konieczny P, Xing Y, et al., Interleukin-17 governs hypoxic adaptation of injured epithelium. Science. 337(6602) Jun 2022 PMID: 35709248