People

Bartlomiej (Bartek) Waclaw

Dioscuri Centre Leader

I obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from Jagellonian University in Krakow in 2007 (supervisor: Zdzislaw Burda). After 2 years in Leipzig as a post-doc in Wolfhard Janke’s group, I moved to Edinburgh, first as a postdoc working with Martin Evans, then an independent Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow. In 2013 I was awarded a Scottish Government Personal Research Fellowship co-funded by Marie Curie Actions. Around the same time I was made a proleptic lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh. I was promoted to Reader in 2019.

My early research was in random matrix theory, complex networks, and driven diffusive systems (zero-range process, TASEP, and related models). I then moved to biological physics and worked on various theoretical and experimental projects in microbial evolution and cancer. In particular, I have published on how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, how growth and migration affect genetic heterogeneity of tumours, and the growth of bacterial colonies.

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Anna Jaśczak

Administrative Coordinator

I moved to Warsaw from King’s College London University where I worked as an Administration and Finance Manager for the electron microscopy unit.

In the Dioscuri Centre I support director in running the centre and manage non-scientific aspects of the Dioscuri and NAWA grants. My responsibilities among others include managing project documentation, finances and purchasing.

Please feel free to contact me first with all the non-scientific matters.


Joanna Materska

PhD student

I have a master’s degree in Applications of Physics in Biology and Medicine, major in Molecular Design and Bioinformatics (2019). As this lengthy title suggests, throughout my studies I had a taste of how the interplay chemistry, physics, molecular biology and programming is employed to aid scientific research.

My responsibilities at Dioscuri Centre are focused on computer modelling of intracellular bacterial colonies. Thus, I am now putting to good use the experience I have managed to gain during two summer internships – at Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Birte Höcker’s group (2015), and at Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique under the supervision of Karin John (2017) – where and when I was tasked with employing programming to assist biology-related research.

Side note: I also have BSc in Physics (2020) and a special fondness for quantum biology and noise-related phenomena in both molecular biology and mesoscopic physics.


Aleksandra Sadlocha

PhD student

I am a biotechnologist. I obtained a Bachelor degree and a Master degree at Warsaw University. Working in microbiology lab is what I love. I have experience in bacterial genetics, bioremediation and diagnostics of bacterial gastrointestinal infections. In March-August 2020 I was involved in diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2.

As a PhD Student in Dioscuri Centre, I will be investigating bacterial response to antibiotics in laboratory models of infections.

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