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Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PAS


Name: Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PAS

Address: ul. Tuwima 10, 10-748 Olsztyn, Poland



IARFR PAS is a Leading National Research Centre that brings together interdisciplinary research to investigate the mechanisms of environmental impact on health and well-being of humans and animals. Our Human Resources strategy is consistent with the principles underlying the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and has been accredited with the HR Excellence in Research logo by the European Commission. We are the Centre of Excellence in “Knowledge Transfer, Research and Education in FOOD & HEALTH for Central and Eastern Europe - CENEXFOOD” and the Centre of Excellence in “Biotechniques and biotechnology indesigning new strategies for reproduction control and protection of human and animal health – BIOANIREP”.

Annually, we are publishing over 150 papers in internationally renowned  journals on animal breeding and animal reproduction, reproductive biology and medicine, infertility and assisted reproduction, as well on biological, chemical and physical function of food compounds, their influence on human and animal in both health and pathological states such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergy and celiac disease.

Since 2017 IARFR PAS belongs to EIT Food Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), a Europe's leading food innovation initiative that delivers tools to researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and students to develop world-class solutions and accelerate innovation around the entire food value chain.

IARFR PAS leads an Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of Agricultural Studies offering students the opportunity to conduct scientific research and prepare a doctoral dissertation in a multi-disciplinary scientific environment, while acquiring practical skills useful in academic and commercial settings.

Disciplines: animal sciences and fisheries, food technology and nutrition

Fields of activity:

Reproductive Biology concentrated on identification of the reproduction disturbances in animals and humans; introducing new therapeutic techniques and biotechnical methods of infertility prophylaxis and treatment; designing new tools for protecting biodiversity of animal production and selected species of animals threatened by extinction.

Food Research focused on mutual interactions between food components and the human body; identification, evaluation, and implementation of strategies for improving nutritive and pro-health values of food; identifying harmful reactions in humans to food ingredients, including intolerances, allergies and pathogenicity.

Health with a strong emphasis on assessing the influence of food and environment on prophylaxis of diabetes mellitus type 2, allergies, obesity, reproductive performance and other diet-related diseases; investigating mechanisms of regeneration and development of diagnostic biosensors.

Latest achievements:

This year we were awarded EUR 2.5 million in Horizon 2020 “ERA Chairs” call to set up  “Centre of excellence in  nutrigenomics for optimising health and well-being”. The project entails recruitment of a top-class scientist with high leadership skills and building around her/him an interdisciplinary group that will run omics-based  research on the impact of nutrition on genetic predisposition to the diet-related disorders. Parallel structural changes will put in place conditions for true international work environment and full integration with European Research Area.

As a part of EIT Food-borne collaborations we have been recently engaged in i.a. developing bacteriophage-based strategies to reduce the prevalence of Campylobacter in poultry, optimizing nutritional value of innovative food products, running knowledge transfer trainings for fish farmers and aquaculture stakeholders, organizing venture creation summer school in side stream valorisation, and engaging with school children to promote healthy eating habits and zero waste consumer behaviours.  

Research facilities:

Core Facilities of Molecular Biology, Mass Spectometry, Sensory Analysis, Microbiology, Cell and Tissue Analysis and Imaging, Animal Laboratory, Research Station in Popielno

Contact person:

Professor Aneta Andronowska
Director for PhD Studies
(+48 89) 539 31 20