Team

SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL

Professor Maria Nowakowska

President of the Scientific Council

Professor Maria Nowakowska has got many years of experience in the field of chemical science, in particular - with regard to the area of materials science. She is the author and co-author of over 200 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as conference speeches and patents. She has associated her academic career with the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University, where she obtained her second doctoral degree, as well as received the title of a Professor in the field of chemical sciences. In the past, she would be engaged in a long-lasting cooperation with the Department of Chemistry of the University of Toronto, where she had undergone her postdoctoral internship and, subsequently, performed the function of a visiting professor within the research group led by professor James E. Guillet, among others. She is currently the Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, the Nanotechnology of Polymers and Biomaterials Group, as well as the Laboratory of Atomic Force Microscopy of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University.

 

Krzysztof Szczubiałka, Assoc. Prof.

Member of the Scientific Council

Professor Krzysztof Szczubiałka conducts his scientific research in the fields related to the use of polymers in biomedicine and natural environment, particularly focusing on the application of polymers in combating viruses, controlling the coagulation of blood, devising polymer carriers for cell cultures, selective adsorbents for biomolecules, as well as hybrid polymer-inorganic photocatalysts used for the degradation of micro-pollutants of water - such as antibiotics or cyanotoxins. He began his academic career at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University, where he obtained his doctoral and second-degree doctoral degrees in the field of chemical sciences. He underwent his postdoctoral internships at the universities operating in Belgium and Japan. He currently holds the position of a Professor of the Jagiellonian University and works at the Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, as well as within the Nanotechnology of Polymers and Biomaterials Group of the said university.

 

Krzysztof Pyrć, PhD (hab.)

Member of the Scientific Council

Doctor Krzysztof Pyrć mainly focuses his research interests on the molecular mechanisms of viral infections and the development of new compounds demonstrating antiviral activities. He is currently working on the projects related to the mechanisms of coronaviruses entering host cells and the replication of coronaviruses, the diagnostics of cases related to viruses attacking the respiratory system and the interconnections of viral pathogens with specific disease entities, the development of new chemical compounds which demonstrate the potential of antiviral use, as well as the design of oncolytic viruses, among others. He began his scientific career at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained his doctoral degree in the field of communicable diseases. He received his second doctoral degree in the area of microbiology at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the University of Łódź. Presently, he conducts his academic work at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University and performs the position of the Head of Laboratory of Virology of the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology which has got a laboratory of biosafety class 3 at its disposal, as well as an ABSL-3 animal facility.

More information about the profile of doctor Krzysztof Szczubiałka may be found on the web pages of Virology Research Group and the Laboratory of Virology of the Jagiellonian University.

 

Kamil Kamiński, PhD

Member of the Scientific Council

Doctor Kamil Krzysztof Kamiński mainly focuses his research interests on the mechanisms of capturing and deactivating heparin in blood and developing new chemical compounds to facilitate the process described. He received his doctoral degree in the field of chemical sciences from the Jagiellonian University. His doctoral dissertation entitled "The Use of Synthetic and Natural Polymeric Materials for Inhibition and Determination of Negatively Charged Bioactive Macromolecules" was completed within the Nanotechnology of Polymers and Biomaterials Group. He is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University. Between 2010 and 2012, he was the Head of the project of FNP Venture entitled "Synthesis and Application of Modified Polysaccharides for Neutralisation of Heparin and Extraction of Nucleic Acid - in Vivo and in Vitro Studies". He currently leads the implementation of NCN Sonata grant entitled "The Interactions of Low-molecular-weight and Polymeric Cationic Compounds with Glycosaminoglycans in Solutions and on Selected Cell Models". He completed his internships in the Applied Polymer Chemistry Group at the University of Potsdam and at the Department of Medical Biochemistry Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University, additionally having been a participant of a study visit to Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The scholarship recipient of TEAM-PolyMed programme and Malopolska Centre for Translational Medicine (CMUJ). A grantee of Doctus scholarship for doctoral students of Malopolskie Centre of Entrepreneurship and Start scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science. A participant of numerous conferences, the author of scientific papers published in journals of international scope and co-author of several patent applications, including two international ones.

 

Aleksandra Milewska, M.Sc.

Member of the Scientific Council

Aleksandra Milewska, M.Sc., conducts her research as focused on the evolution of the coronavirus genome, the field of viral infections and innate immunity. Additionally, she deals with the development of new chemical compounds which demonstrate certain antiviral potential and the development of a method for the detection of viral pathogens. She is currently a participant of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University and a member of the research team of Laboratory of Virology of the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology.

More information about the profile of Aleksandra Milewska, M.Sc., may be found on the web pages of Virology Research Group.

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