Institute of Medical Biology, PAS

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Name: Institute of Medical Biology, PAS

Address: ul. Lodowa 106, 93-232 Łódź, Poland

Website: http://ibmpan.pl/

Description:

Understanding the factors that influence human health and cause diseases has always been one of the major driving forces of biological research. Human health is a complicated homeostatic mechanism, its preservation is constantly under threat from external aggressors. Some of these deleterious environmental factors are purely physical or chemical: radiation, air and water pollutants, industrial chemicals finding their way into food. Others are biogenic in nature, even if they enter our organisms indirectly, via release to the environment, e.g. waterborne algal toxins or foodborne fungal toxins. Finally, pathogenic microorganisms cause infectious diseases, a bane of humanity since its dawn. This complex, multifaceted interface is the remit of research conducted at the Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, based in Lodz, Poland.

The Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences runs in cooperation with  the University of Lodz (Doctoral School Leader) and the Center for Molecular and Macromolecular Research "The Bio-Med-Chem Doctoral School of University of Lodz and Lodz Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Bio-Med-Chem Doctoral School makes an important contribution to increasing the quality of advanced academic education. It brings together doctoral students affiliated with the following disciplines: biological sciences, medical sciences, and chemical sciences.

In 2020, the Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences obtained the right to confer postdoctoral degree in medical sciences and health sciences in the discipline of medical sciences.

Disciplines: medical sciences

Field of activity:

The Institute conducts scientific research within biomedical sciences, focused on explaining basic molecular mechanisms of physiological and pathophysiological processes, as well as medical biotechnology. It actively contributes to the progress of these research fields, especially by developing novel methods for basic and applied studies.  

Latest achievements:

The Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (leader of the POL-OPENSCREEN consortium) obtained funds, in the amount of PLN 39 million, from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to finance the costs of the national contribution to participate in the joint international task: European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC).

These funds are intended to create the National Library of Chemical Compounds (KBZC). KBZC will be the first such project in the country. It is also worth noting that the planned research infrastructure will be not only supra-regional, but also international.

In addition, as part of the European Union program Horizon 2020, the Institute, as a member of the EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC consortium, obtained funding for the EU-OPENSCREEN-DRIVE project.

Research facilities:

BSL2 laboratory for work with most human cell lines or infectious organism that pose a moderate health hazard

BSL-3 laboratory for work on viruses or microbes that can cause serious or potentially lethal disease through inhalation.

Molecular study laboratory for isolation, purification  and analysis of cells structures and components

Cell function laboratory for functional analysis of fundamental cellular processes

Chemical laboratory for synthesis and analysis of structural characteristics of chemical compounds

Contact person:

Professor Jarosław Dziadek
Head of the Institute
jdziadek@cbm.pan.pl
(+48 42) 272 36 10