President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Professor Jerzy Duszyński


Degrees and titles:

1971 – graduated from the Warsaw University            
1975 – was granted the degree of doctor (Ph.D.) in biological sciences at the Nencki Institute
             (thesis supervisor - Lech Wojtczak)
1983 – was granted Doctor of Sciences degree (habilitation) at the Nencki Institute
1993 – was granted the title of professor by the President of the Republic of Poland
2007 – elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences
2012 – elected to the Academia Europaea


Academic internships:

1976 - 1978, 1992 the USA (3 years in the laboratories of J.R. Williamson, Pennsylvania University, Philadelphia
and K.F. LaNoue, PennState Univ., Hershey);
1985 - 1986, France  (1 year in the laboratory of  P.V. Vignais, Nucleaire Centre, Grenoble); numerous short-term internships in laboratories of  J.M. Tager (Amsterdam), W. Kunz (Magdeburg), F. Palmieri (Bari), J.P. Mazat (Baurdeaux), V.P. Skulachev (Moscow)


Scientific activities: 

  • The scientific publications that I co-authored have jointly been quoted more than 2100 times.
  • The recent publications can be found at the web page of my laboratory:
  • I have received numerous grants, among them a grant from Human Frontier Science Program and a Symfonia grant from the National Science Center.


Positions and functions at national and international institutions: 

  • Member of the Editorial Committee of European J. Biochemistry (1987 - 1996);
  • Member of Scientific Committees of four European Bieoenergetics Conferences;
  • Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the FEBS Congress, Warsaw, 2004;
  • Coordinator of the Project of the European Union Centre of Excellence BRAINS;
  • Member of FEBS Publication Committee, 2003 - 2006;
  • National delegate to BioMedSciences European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (2005 - 2008);
  • Chairman of the Research Infrastructure Group at Ministry of Science and Higher Education
    (term of office: 2006 - 2009);
  • Chairman of the Council of Directors of PAN Institutions (term of office: 2007 - 2010);
  • Member of the section P04 KBN for Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics
    (twice in the capacity of the chairman of the section);
  • Member of the management of the Polish Molecular and Cellular Biology Network UNESCO/PAN
    (currently the network coordinator);
  • Member of Scientific Councils at a number of other PAN institutions;
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology;
  • Chairman of the Warsaw division of Polish Biochemical Society (1998 - 2006);
  • Undersecretary of state, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2008 - 2009);
  • Dean of Biological and Agricultural Section of Polish Academy of Sciences (2010 - 2014);
  • Editorial Board: Academy;
  • Editorial Board: Biochem. Bipohys. Acta - Bioenergetics (2011 - 2013);
  • Editorial Board: Frontiers in Mitochondrial Research (2012 - 2014);
  • Member of Board of Trustees of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona
  • President-elect of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2015)


Activity in the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology: 

  • Member of Scientific Council at the Nencki Institute (1990 up to date, in 1996-2001 Chairman of Scientific Council);
  • Head of the Laboratory of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes (1997 up to date);
  • Head of Department of Cellular Biochemistry (1998-2002);
  • Director of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (2003-2008);
  • Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence BRAINS working under the 5th
  • Framework Programme


Activity related to education: 

  • Chairman of the Committee for the Reform of the National Curriculum for Biology at
  • the Ministry of National Education (1990-2001);
  • Co-author of a series of secondary school textbooks;
  • Author of numerous press articles popularizing modern science


Social activity: 

  • Leader of Solidarność in the Nencki Institute (1980-1985);
  • Member and Chairman of the Town Council in Podkowa Leśna (1989-1993)


Key words of scientific activity:

mitochondria, bioenergetics, role of mitochondria in cell functioning, mitochondrial and neurodegenerative diseases, cellular signal transduction, calcium ions, regulation of cellular functions, ageing.


room 2602, phone: (+48 22) 182 60 01