Biological Sciences

Agata Becalska

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

PhD (Princeton), B.Sc. (SFU)

6-118F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Becalska completed her PhD at Princeton University, investigating the intracellular localization of RNAs and proteins involved in axial patterning in the Drosophila oocyte. She then moved to Brandeis University, where her postdoctoral work focused on the mechanisms regulating the traffic of membrane-bound vesicles in the endocytic pathway. Dr. Becalska’s research focuses on endocytic intracellular transport using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Molecular Biology, Drosophila, Cell Biology, Genetics

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests:

  • BIOL 205 Principles of Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 498 Independent Research
  • GENE 404 Genetic Regulatory Mechanisms

Research interests:

  • Identifying new players in the endocytic pathway using a Drosophila model

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Becalska, A.N., Kelley, C.F., Berciu, C., Stanishneva-Konovalova, T.B., Fu, X., Wang, S., Sokolova, O.S., Nicastro, D. and Rodal, A.A. (2013). Formation of membrane ridges and scallops by the F-BAR protein Nervous Wreck. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 24, 2406-18.
  • Becalska, A.N., Kim, Y.R., Belletier, N.G., Lerit, D.A., Sinsimer, K.S. and Gavis, E.R. (2011). Aubergine is a component of a nanos mRNA localization complex. Developmental Biology, 349, 46-52.
  • Becalska, A.N. and Gavis, E.R. (2010). Bazooka regulates microtubule organization and spatial restriction of germ plasm assembly in the Drosophila oocyte. Developmental Biology, 340, 528-38.