The Warsaw Genomics Team

Anna Wójcicka, PhD

Anna Wójcicka, PhD

Anna’s mission is to popularize genetic tests in Poland as a means for prevention, diagnosing and targeted therapy management. For years, she has cooperated with researchers from the most prestigious international scientific centres. She wrote numerous articles about human cancers and was awarded for her work both in Poland and Europe. Her project of a genetic test for thyroid cancer won the first place in a grant competition of the Foundation for Polish Science.

Anna made her Doctor of Medicine degree in the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre (2012), Habilitated Doctor degree at the Medical University of Warsaw (2015) and completed Innovation Management postgraduate studies in the Warsaw School of Economics. She was granted research fellowshipes at the Medical Genetics Department of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Molecular Endocrinology Laboratory of the Imperial College in London and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University, Columbus (USA). She is an author of a range of scientific publications on cancer genetics and a manager of research projects in this field.

She won awards and grants sponsored by the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2014), the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, FEBS (2011), the British Society of Endocrinology (2011, 2009), the European Society of Thyreology (2011, 2009) and a Team Award granted by the Minister of Health (2009, 2011, 2012).

Prof. Krystian Jażdżewski, MD, PhD

Prof. Krystian Jażdżewski, MD, PhD

He worked for 10 years in the USA, in one of the world best cancer inheritance research teams. During that time, Krysian discovered a gene responsible for thyroid cancer inheritance. His publication was reviewed in Faculty 1000 Medicine and ranked among the best 4% of reports. Krystian came back to Poland with the intention to use his experience to promote genetic testing for hereditary cancers.

He published a range of articles on human cancer genetics. In his research he focuses on molecular basis of thyroid, liver and colon cancers and molecular markers for early cancer diagnostics. He graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw (2000), made his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical University of Gdansk (2004) and the Habilitated Doctor degree at the Medical University of Warsaw (2011). He became a Professor of Medicine in 2015.

Krystian manages the Laboratory of Human Cancer Genetics in the Centre of New Technologies at the Warsaw University and Genome Medicine Department at the Medical University of Warsaw.

Monika Kolanowska, PhD

Monika Kolanowska, PhD

Monika is a cell biology specialist analysing mechanisms of tumour formation and designing anticancer therapies. She has discovered a new microRNA gene associated with thyroid cancer.

Monika made her Master degree in biology at the Biology Department of the Warsaw University in 2006 and gained Doctor of Medicine degree in 2015 at the Medical University of Warsaw. She completed postgraduate studies in clinical trial management and monitoring at the Kozminski University in Warsaw and received a research grant at the Ferrara University (2015). In 2008-09, Monika was a Clinical Trial Assistant in Novo Nordisk Pharma Sp. z o.o., and in 2009-2011 she worked for Roche Polska.

Monika is a grant contractor of the Foundation for Polish Science, manager of a Preludium grant project of the National Science Centre and co-author of several case reports and scientific publications.

Anna Kubiak, PhD

Anna Kubiak, PhD

Being a biologist and bioinformatics expert, Anna effectively joins laboratory procedure proficiency with biological and medical data analysis skills. She has discovered 7 new microRNA genes whose malfunction may be associated with hepatocellular carcinoma development and progression.

Anna graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (2010) where she made her master degree in bioinformatics and biotechnology. The Doctor of Medicine degree she made at the Medical University in Warsaw (2015). She is a grant contractor of the Foundation for Polish Science and a manager of a Preludium grant project of the National Science Centre.

Anna participated in research fellowships in the Human Genetics Institute of the Polish Academy of Science in Poznan and Åbo Academy University in Finland. She is a co-author of several publications, case reports and a manual chapter.

Justyna Chlebowska, PhD

Justyna Chlebowska, PhD

Justyna is a laboratory diagnostics expert. She graduated from the Pharmaceutical Faculty, Laboratory Medicine Section of the Medical University in Warsaw (2009), made her Doctor of Medicine degree in the Medical Faculty of the Medical University in Warsaw (2015) and completed a specialisation training on Medical Laboratory Diagnostics in the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre in Warsaw. Justyna is a grant contractor of the Foundation for Polish Science. She participated in a research fellowship at the University of Verona in Italy (2014).

Justyna is a member of Polish and foreign scientific societies: the Polish Society of Laboratory Diagnostics and the European Haematology Association. She is a co-author of several scientific works on human cancer.

Paweł Gaj, PhD

Paweł Gaj, PhD

Paweł specialises in data analysis and population genetics, mainly with respect to genome wide genetic marker analyses in oncological diseases (colon and prostate cancer) and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Besides population genetics, Paweł’s interests are focused on bioinformation research in association with new generation sequencing (NGS) applied in identification of rare pathogenic variants of the human DNA sequence.

Marta Kotlarek, PhD

Marta Kotlarek, PhD

Marta is a medical biotechnology specialist. For several years she has studied the potential of microRNA application in thyroid cancer adjuvant therapy.

She made her master degree in biology in 2011 at the Biology Department of the Warsaw University and currently is a last-year student at the Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine in Warsaw. Marta is a grant contractor of the Foundation for Polish Science and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Preludium grant manager in the National Science Centre.

Marta is a co-author of conference case reports, patent applications and scientific publications.

Michał Świerniak, PhD

Michał Świerniak, PhD

Michał deals with mathematical and bioinformatic analyses of biological data. He is one of the first Polish specialists of large-scale new generation sequencing data processing. Michał identified new microRNA gene variants in thyroid cancer.

He graduated from the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology (2006) and made his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical University in Warsaw (2012). Michał participated in a research fellowship at the University of Ferrara in Italy (2014, 2015) and many times cooperated with foreign research centres (Spain). He is a co-author of numerous articles on new generation sequencing and micromatrix analysis application in human cancer profiling.

Adam Kot, PhD

Adam Kot, PhD Eng.

Adam specialises in biological data analyses, computerised data capture procedures, quality control and final processing of analytical results. He ensures security of confidential data.

Adam graduated from the Hydro-Engineering Faculty of the Gdansk University of Technology (1992) and made his Ph.D. in environmental engineering in 2001 at the Gdansk University of Technology.

Adam acquired professional experience at his home university, in the Maritime Institute and in his own company. He is a co-author of numerical modelling of natural phenomena (analyses for PERN "Przyjaźń", Grupa Lotos, Energa Gdańsk, Fosfory CIECH). In 2008-2016 he worked as a manager in Pipelife Polska S.A. (Wienerberger Group).