Congratulations to Witek, who has been awarded a very prestigious START 2021 fellowship of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)! The fellowship recognizes Witek’s early-career achievements in microfluidics and AMR from the time he was still a PhD student in Piotr Garstecki’s group. We wish Witek all the best and hope he will be equally successful during his stint at the Dioscuri Centre.
The Dioscuri Centre is widening its scope to include some aspects of cancer biology. We seek a postdoctoral researcher with experience in cancer biology, tissue culture, or optical imaging to investigate differences in single-cell response of normal and cancer cells to chemotherapy, and how the response correlates with phenotypic, non-genetic heterogeneity prior to treatment.
This post is funded through the POLS grant “Phenotypic heterogeneity in cancer chemotherapy” carried out in collaboration with Professor Hesso Farhan, the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Pathophysiology, Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria.
The post is for two years, ideally starting in October 2021.
Deadline for submitting applications is 09-July-2021, 17:00 CET.
After much hassle caused by Brexit-related changes in procedures for importing goods from the UK to the EU, we finally managed to ship some of the equipment from my previous lab to Warsaw. The equipment was kindly donated by the University of Edinburgh.
The procedure was quite complicated. Big thanks to Ania Jasczak and the company Gosselin Moving who have been instrumental in arranging the shipment.
We now feel experts in international shipment. If anyone faces a similar problem, we will be happy to provide advice.
Witold (Witek) Postek joined our group last week. Witek has experience in building microfluidic devices and using them to investigate how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics. In the Dioscuri Centre, Witek will continue this line of work; he will also help other members to develop co-culture systems for epithelial cells and bacteria.
Welcome to Karolina Drabik, a freshly minted PhD graduate from the Nencki Institute. Karolina has just started with us this week. She will be our expert on cell culture work.
Please consider participating in the conference I am co-organizing:
If you need an extra motivation, we will distribute two £200 prizes for best contributions from early-career researchers.
Welcome to Elin Lilja, who has recently joined our group from Edinburgh. Elin is a post-doctoral researcher interested in microbial evolution; she also has significant expertise in genetic engineering of bacteria. She will be our “core microbiologist” and a molecular biology techniques expert.
We have a fully-funded postdoctoral position for researchers interested in pursuing projects in microfluidic systems for bacteria/animal cells co-culture, and/or in optical detection and measurement of bacteria. See Jobs for details.
Bartek Waclaw is co-organising an online workshop “Fundamentals of Growing Active Matter”, 25-26 March 2021. Here is a short description:
“A wide variety of physical properties of living systems arise from interplay between activity and growth. These include pattern formation in bacterial colonies, ordering in actin networks and the emergence of resistance in tumours.”
“The workshop’s main goal is to gather together researchers working on different systems and using different techniques (theory, simulations, and experiments). We hope that the meeting will help to identify universal characteristics of growing active matter and reveal unifying general principles (if they exist).”
There is an excellent line-up of speakers: Jens ELGETI (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Luca GIOMI (LEI), Rhoda HAWKINS (University of Sheffield), Silke HENKES (University of Bristol), Julia YEOMANS (Oxford).
It will be possible to present a contributed talk or poster.
Please register at
The Polish Academy of Sciences has announced a funding programme PASIFIC for post-doctoral fellows who would like to work for two years in any of the PAS research institutes.
The fellowship is 2500 EUR net/month plus family allowance and research expenses
Please contact Bartek Waclaw if you would be interested in applying to undertake an independent research programme in the Dioscuri Centre funded by PASIFIC.