Katarzyna Pernal graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry. In 2002, she received a doctoral degree in chemistry from the Florida State University, USA. She continued her postdoctoral research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, and the University of Delaware, USA. In 2007, she was awarded the degree of doktor habilitowany in physical science. In 2008, she took the position of associate professor at the Institute of Physics, the Faculty of Technical Physics, Information Technology and Applied Mathematics, where she currently leads the Quantum Chemistry Research Team. Her research interests tend to focus on methods for quantum chemistry, in particular, the density matrix functional theory.
In 2015, professor Katarzyna Pernal was distinguished with the award of the medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (IAQMS) for her outstanding contribution to development of quantum chemistry and molecular physics methods. The IAMQS medal has been attributed annually since 1967 to one person only and it is the foremost distinction in theoretical and quantum chemistry.
Professor Katarzyna Pernal is the author and co-author of over 60 publications which have received over 1 500 citations (according to Web of Science). Her h- index is 24. In the last 10 years, she has delivered more than 30 invited and keynote lectures during the most respected conferences and congresses on quantum chemistry and theoretical physical chemistry. She is a member of the Scientific Reports Editorial Board (Nature Publishing Group).
The resolution in support of conferring the title of profesor of physical science on Katarzyna Pernal was adopted on 23rd of September, 2017.