Katarzyna was born in Poland, where she studied biotechnology at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University. During her studies, Katarzyna worked under supervision of Jolanta Jura at the Cell Biochemistry Department, where she studied the function of MCPIP1 in NFkappaB and MAPK signaling pathways. During her Masters, she was awarded by Amgen Scholars Foundation to join the Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease Research headed by Christian Haass, where she investigated a novel substrate of the enzyme BACE1. As an Erasmus exchange student, Katarzyna studied the role of DNAJB7 in protein quality control, under the mentorship of Harm H. Kampinga. Driven by the interest in ubiquitin signaling, Katarzyna joined the group of Koraljka Husnjak as a PhD student, where she is studying novel linear polyubiquitin-modified substrates and linear ubiquitin-binding receptors.