Special Guests

Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Jankowska
(University of Gdansk, PL)

27th May 2023

Elżbieta Jankowska is an employee of the Department of Biomedical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk. She received her PhD degree in 2001, and in 2013 she was awarded with a habilitation degree in chemical sciences. In 2015, she was promoted to the position of Associate Professor at the University of Gdańsk. 

Her scientific interests include primarily peptides, polypeptides and proteins. She deals with the study of their structure, in particular conformational changes that accompany the processes of oligomerization and aggregation of these biomolecules. 

Since her postdoctoral internship in 2003-2004, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, USA, the focus of her interest has been the proteasome, a multiprotease responsible for the degradation of most cellular proteins, including damaged ones, which are precursors of toxic oligomeric forms. The current research focuses on the design of modulators capable of accelerating the degradation of oligomers by the proteasome. 

Dr. hab. Elżbieta Jankowska managed 4 projects awarded by the National Science Center and worked in 3 other research projects. She is the co-author of 54 scientific articles, her papers have been cited 999 times, and the Hirsch index is 18. 


Dr Chiara Da Pieve
(Institute of Cancer Research, UK)

28th May 2023

I am a senior radiochemist in the Preclinical Molecular Imaging group, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK. I received my PhD degree in 2005 from the Inorganic Chemistry department, University of Zuerich (Switzerland). From my master’s degree at the University of Padua (Italy), through my PhD and to my postdoctoral position at the Open University (UK), I worked with metal and radiometal ions, and biomolecules (DNA aptamers, peptides and proteins) focusing on the preparation of coordination compounds for medical applications.

Currently I am involved in the development and production of targeted radioactive probes for the imaging and therapy of cancer. My scientific interests include peptides, small proteins, full size antibodies, chelators (for radiometals) and bioconjugation techniques. I spend my working days preparing, analysing, and purifying various protein-chelator conjugates which are then radiolabelled with the most suitable radioactive label for preclinical assessment.

Scientific Commitee

Dr Maria Madej
(Jagiellonian University, PL)

Maria Madej is a PhD researcher in Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She received her PhD degree in 2021. Her research is related to the development of voltammetric (bio)sensors intended for the determination of antidepressants in environmental and biological samples. She focuses especially on searching of new materials for the modification of solid electrodes, including zeolites, metal-organic frameworks or polymers deposited in cold plasma reactors.

Dr Elżbieta Adamska
(University of Gdansk, PL)

Dr Elżbieta Adamska is part of the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Gdansk. Her scientific interests concern the synthesis of nanoparticles with optical properties that have potential application in percutaneous permeability studies. She is the author and co-author of 19 scientific and popular science publications and about 80 national and international conference presentations. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2015 and in 2017 a master’s degree. She graduated as PhD in 2022 at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Gdańsk. She also completed foreign scientific internships at the Beijing Institute of Technology (China), University of Belgrade (Serbia) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (Germany).



Dr Daria Grzywacz 
(University of Gdansk, PL)

 Daria Grzywacz is an assistant professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry, at the University of Gdansk. She conducts scientific research in the fields of organic chemistry and biology, with a particular focus on glycochemistry, as well as heterocyclic compounds that exhibit OLED emitter properties and act as photosensitizers/photocatalysts in the hydrogen production reaction. Her research interests encompass the chemistry of carbohydrates, especially their combination with triterpenoid and spirostan saponins that demonstrate biological activity, such as diosgenin and betulin. Additionally, her research interests include synthesizing and evaluating glycosylated antimicrobial peptides (gAMP) for their antifungal, antibacterial, and hemolytic activity.

Dr Aamod Desai 
(University of St Andrews, UK)

Dr Aamod Desai completed his PhD from IISER, Pune (India) and is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews (UK). Apart from the core training as material chemist in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), he has worked in the field of electrode materials for rechargeable battery technologies, such as Li-ion and Na-ion batteries.

Dr Karolina Piecyk
(Warsaw University, PL)

Adiunct at the University of Warsaw, Chemistry Department. My work is focused on organic chemistry with elements of biophisics and biochemistry. My main research is based on synthesis of mRNA 5′ cap analogs and their application in biochemical and physicochemical studies on the mechanisms of translation initiation, splicing, intracellular transport and mRNA stability in eukaryotic cells; Synthesis and biochemical studies of nucleotide inhibitors of protein biosynthesis of potential therapeutic importance in neoplastic diseases and synthesis of cap analogs improving RNA properties for therapeutic and biotechnological applications 

Prof. Henry Pinto
(Yachay Tech University, ECUA)

Henry Pinto obtained  his PhD in Physics in the field of Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Mechanical simulations at the Department of Physics at the National University of Ireland in Cork and Tyndall National Institute, Ireland, in 2006. During his PhD studies he was the winner of the BOC Postgraduate Bursary Award for his research. Through his scientific career, Dr. Pinto has been doing research in world class centers like: Aalto University, Finland; Nagoya University, Japan and Liverpool University, UK. From 2010 until 2016 Dr. Pinto was a Research Professor in the Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity at Jackson State University, USA. From 2016 Dr. Pinto is a professor at the School of Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology at Yachay Tech University and the head of the CompNano Group. Dr. Pinto’s main scientific interests are in Condensed Matter Physics and Computational Materials Science applying cutting-edge theoretical and computational methods together with the best available computing resources. He has special interest in the understanding of the nanoworld phenomena from a theoretical perspective in close collaboration with experimentalists. His main research topics include: electronic structure calculations, magnetism and strong correlated systems, mineral and metal-oxide surfaces and interfaces, polymers and metal/polymer interfaces, scanning tunneling microscopy simulations, nanomanipulation, molecular electronics, point defects and high performance computing.

Dr Joanna Żebrowska
(University of Gdansk, PL)

Ph.D. from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, graduated LiSMIDoS at the Faculty of Biotechnology University of Gdansk-Medical University of Gdansk. Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Gdansk. Research area: purification of polyepitopic proteins with therapeutic and regenerative proteins, design and cloning synthetic genes, bacteriophage proteins, chemical synthesis cofactor analogues for Thermus family enzymes, engineering DNA-recognition specificity of enzymes, biochemical and physico-chemical properties of the enzymes.

Dr Eng. Aleksandra Pieczyńska
(University of Gdansk, PL)

Assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk. Scientific interests include the synthesis and characterization of new nanomaterials and their application for the degradation of resistant micropollutants and the generation of useful chemicals by photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic processes.

Dr Daria Krefft
(University of Gdansk, PL)

Dr Daria Krefft is an assistant professor at the Department of Molecular Biotechnology at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Gdańsk. As part of her research, she dealt with gene cloning, as well as overproduction, purification and testing the properties of many proteins, including fluorescent proteins and luciferase, thermostable restriction endonucleases, and polyepitopic proteins with potential pro-regenerative properties.

Dr Catarina S. Lobo
(Institute of Cancer Research, UK)

Catarina S. Lobo is a postdoctoral research fellow working at The Institute of Cancer Research in London and her work is focused on photoimmunotherapy and PET imaging of neuroblastoma. Catarina completed her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2021. Her PhD thesis was focused on photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy, and imaging techniques. Before joining ICR, Catarina worked as a researcher at LaserLeap Technologies. Catarina is a co-founder of Molecular Junior Enterprise.