Program i goście

Plenary speakers

Michail Rovatsos

Department of Ecology, Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic.

Scientific interests: Molecular differentiation and origin of sex chromosomes, evolution of karyotypes, evolution of dosage compensation.
Lecture title: TBA

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Michail Rovatsos is currently an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the Department of Ecology of Charles University in Czech Republic.
Michail obtained his PhD from the University of Patras (Greece) working on phylogenetic relations of the chromosomal races of the underground vole M. thomasi with cytogenetic and molecular approaches. Subsequently, he moved to Czech Republic to pursue postdoctoral research on evolution of sex determining systems in squamate reptiles at Charles university where he decided to stay.
During just last three years of his career he was a principle investigator of 4 grant projects, guarantor of 3 grant projects and supervisor of 8 PhD students.

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Benjamin Merget

BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Scientific interests: Computational chemistry.
Lecture title: TBA

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  • Since 2017: Computational Chemist for Crop Protection at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
    (Inhibitor design in the field of fungicide research)
  • 2016 – 2017: Principal Scientist for Computational Chemistry and Data Science at BioMed X Innovation Center, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2015 – 2016: PostDoc in Selective Kinase Inhibitors Team at BioMed X Innovation Center, Heidelberg, Germany
    (Working on kinase inhibitor design with overall goal of creating inhibitors with high selectivity)
  • 2015: PhD in computational medicinal chemistry in the group of Prof. Dr. Christoph Sotriffer, Institute of Pharmacy and Food Chemistry, University of Würzburg, Germany
    (Thesis: Computational methods for assessing drug-target residence times in bacterial enoyl-ACP reductases and predicting small-molecule permeability for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall)

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Łukasz Drewniak

Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland.

Scientific interests: Environmental biotechnology, microbiology, metagenomics.
Lecture title: TBA

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Łukasz Drewniak (Ph.D, D.Sc.) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw. He specializes in microbiology and environmental biotechnology and has been managing a research team, which conducts projects in the field of the bioremediation of environments contaminated with heavy metals, organic compounds and the biodegradation of organic waste materials. From the very beginning of his scientific carrier, he was associated with the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw. He completed his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 2009 and he obtained degree of D.Sc. in 2017 (habilitation). After obtaining his doctoral degree, he was the leader of 13 scientific projects founded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Iuventus Plus), the National Center of Research and Development  (PBS, Lider, Gekon), the Foundation for Polish Science (Team Net, Team Tech), PARP (Innovation Voucher ), RPO WM, OPI (POIG). He was also a laureate of the START programme in 2009 and 2010. Łukasz Drewniak is one of the leaders  in the commercialization of research results and inventions developed at the University of Warsaw. He is also a founder and a main shareholder of the first spin-off company of the University of Warsaw – RDLS Sp. z o.o.

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Alicja Puścian

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Scientific interests: Neurobiology and brain physiology, behavioral neuroscience.
Lecture title: TBA

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Dr Alicja Puścian is a neuroscientist with a keen interest in mechanisms of behavioral and cognitive flexibility. Currently she has been a senior postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of prof. Ewelina Knapska at Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of Polish Academy of Sciences, where she also obtained her PhD studying circuit-specific therapeutic interventions in synaptopathies relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. For that work Polish Neuroscience Society awarded her a Young Investigator Prize of 2015. In the same year she was a visiting scientist at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, where she was supervised by prof. Pico Caroni. After defending her PhD Alicja joined the group of prof. Michael Higley at Yale University in New Haven, CT to do research on contributions of different neuronal classes to behavioral representation in primary visual cortex, the work for which she was awarded a Brown-Coxe Fellowship. Her current research concerns elucidating neuronal underpinnings of emerging social bonds. Alicja is passionate about mentoring young scientists. In 2018 she worked as a teaching assistant at the Summer School of Neurobiology at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. In the course of her career she was twice elected a Chair of the PhD Students’ Council of Polish Academy of Sciences and a Head of the Professional Development Committee of the Yale Postdoctoral Association. She has also been engaged in numerous science popularization initiatives including being associated with Khan Academy as a polish lector in biology. 

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Jan Guzowski

Institute of Physical Chemistry,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Scientific interests: Microfluidics, soft materials.
Lecture title: TBA

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Dr Guzowski is a physicist with interests in soft matter science, droplet microfluidics, granular matter and tissue engineering. He is a leader of Soft Granular Matter and Tissue Engineering Group at Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS (IPC PAS) in Warsaw.

The focus of the group is structure formation in granular materials, in particular those composed of close-packed monodisperse droplets or hydrogel beads generated using microfluidics, and applications of such structures in tissue engineering, 3D cell culture and organ-on-chip technologies.

Dr Guzowski completed his PhD in Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by postdoc positions at IPC PAS in Warsaw with prof. P. Garstecki and at Princeton University, USA, with prof. H.A. Stone. He is laureate of the First Team programme (2017-2021) of Foundation for Polish Science.

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Philip Tagari

Vice President of Research at Amgen Inc, USA.

Scientific interests: Biology discovery, scaffold engineering
Lecture title: TBA

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Philip Tagari is currently Vice President of Research (Therapeutic Discovery) at Amgen Inc, the world’s largest independent biotechnology company. His global laboratories (US, Canada, Germany, China, India)  are responsible for biologics discovery, scaffold engineering, optimization and early manufacturability assessment; medicinal, oligonucleotide and peptide chemistry; protein conjugates (Ab-RNAi, peptibodies) and reagents; assay development, screening, enzymological and pharmacological characterization and profiling (in vitro), as well as structural biology, biophysics, analytical chemistry, data sciences, materials logistics and automation. His teams have advanced over 30 innovative molecules into clinical development in recent years, including AMG 510 (first-in-class KRASG12C inhibitor) and AMG701 (half-life extended bispecific T-cell engager). Additionally, he is an active member of Amgen Ventures and has participated in numerous research collaborations as well as the integration of Immunex, Tularik, Abgenix, Micromet and Nuevolution into the Amgen laboratories.

Prior to joining Amgen in 1998, Philip was a Research Fellow at Merck Frosst (Canada) Inc, where he contributed to several programs in eicosanoid and inflammatory  biology, culminating in the discovery of odanacatib and rofecoxib, as well as the clinically active leukotriene D4 receptor antagonist MK-571 and the leukotriene biosynthesis inhibitor MK-591. Philip is a graduate of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University (UK), and performed research at McGill and Oxford Universities on automated image analysis, quantitative immunohistochemistry and neurotransmitter measurements in neurodegeneration and cerebrovascular research.

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Erik Wijnker

Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands.

Scientific interests: Evolution, genetics, plant breeding, plant reproduction.
Lecture title: TBA

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Erik Wijnker completed his PhD in 2013 in the group of Genetics at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In his thesis he explored how plant breeding practice could be improved using the rapidly expanding knowledge on the mechanisms of meiotic recombination. Meiotic recombination generates new allele combinations, and these new combinations lie at the base of new crop varieties. If one can control recombination, one can also control the generation of better allele combinations. Among his better known work were experiments in which was shown that one can undo the process of hybridization by generating parental lines from hybrid plants, a process also known as reverse breeding. In 2013 he was awarded an EMBO long-term fellowship and joined the lab of Arp Schnittger in Strasbourg (France) and later Hamburg (Germany). There he studied the role of the major drivers of the meiotic cell division: cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs). In 2015 he received a personal (VEMI) grant from the Dutch Research Council and joined the group of Genetics at Wageningen University where he resumed working again on more biotechnological research questions at the interface of genetics and plant breeding. He explored the use of virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) as a method to transiently change meiotic recombination, increasing control over the inheritance of allele combinations from one generation to the next. In addition he was involved in research to gain better control over the inheritance of organelles (mitochondria and chloroplasts) in plant crosses. Through his research he strives to expand the toolbox to gain further control over the various processes of recombination.

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