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Team


Dr hab. inż. Filip Boratyński

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Graduate of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Food biotechnology. He obtained degree of doctor (2011) and habilitated doctor (2019) in the field of biological sciences in the discipline of biotechnology.

Participant of several foreign internships (University of Florida, USA; Technical University of Berlin, Germany; Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany).

Currently, as a scholarship holder of the NAWA Bekker’s program implements the project "Development of efficient and sustainable enzymatic methods for the oxidative cleavage of alkenes" at Politechnico di Milano, Italy.

He took part in trainings organized by the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) in Entrepreneurship; Commercialization of Research Results; Research Project Management. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Committee on Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine of the Wrocław Branch), Polish Chemical Society (Section of Organic Chemistry) and Polish Society of Food Technologists (Wrocław Branch). Since 2013, he has been the supervisor of Students Research Association SKN OrgChem.

The goal of his research is to develop efficient, ecologically acceptable and cheap methods for obtaining chiral biologically active compounds. In research, he combines work in the field of basic research (looking for microorganisms with specific activity) together with issues of a more applicative nature (sustainable management of agri-food by-products).

Non-scientific interests: sport, travels


Prof. dr hab. Teresa Olejniczak

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Graduate of the University of Wroclaw. She defended doctoral dissertation entitled "Chemical and microbiological synthesis of lactones" (promotor Prof. Czesław Wawrzeńczyk) in 1998. In the 1999/2000 academic year she completed a two-semester internship at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in the team of Prof. Jozef Van Beeumen. In 2011, by decision of the Council of the Faculty of Food Sciences, she obtained a degree of habilitated doctor in biological sciences in the discipline of biotechnology, and in 2019 she received the title of Professor of biological sciences.

Her research is interdisciplinary and includes microbiological biotransformation, synthesis and assessment of biological activity of the products. In the majority of published works two following research trends can be identified: use of biotransformation as a method of obtaining biologically active chiral compounds alternative to the chemical synthesis or isolation and the selection of thus obtained compounds for the protection of agricultural products and food against insects and common phytopathogenic fungi.

Non-scientific interests: history, politics

Dr hab. inż. Witold Gładkowki, prof. uczelni

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Graduate of Food Technology and Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Wrocław in the field of food biotechnology (diploma in 2001), PhD thesis entitled "Microbiological functionalization of bicyclic lactones with alkylsubstituted cyclohexane system" was defended in 2006. Habilitation degree in biological sciences in the field of biotechnology was obtained in 2016 on the basis of  series of publications "Chemoenzymatic synthesis and biotransformations of compounds with lactone moiety".

Since 2017 Head of the Division of Food Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. From 2019, he is the vice-chairman of the Committee on Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław.

His scientific interests cover the production of biologically active lactones by chemoenzymatic methods, application of enzymes in asymmetric synthesis, biotransformations of organic compounds using whole cells (bacteria, fungi, yeast), isolation, identification and modification of phospholipid structure, establishing of the structure of organic compounds by spectroscopic methods (NMR, IR, HRMS).

Author of over 54 publications reported in the Journal Citation Report (JCR) database, 6 chapters in scientific monographs, as well as 45 patents. He participated in 10 research projects.

Non-scientific interests: football, universal history, literature

Dr hab. inż. Edyta Kostrzewa-Susłow, prof. uczelni

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Graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry of Wroclaw University of Technology. In 2007 she defended her doctoral dissertation entitled „Microbial transformations of flavonoids” at the Faculty of Food Science in Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In 2015 she received a degree of habilitated doctor for a series of publications entitled „Microbial transformations of monosubstituted flavones and flavanones aiming at increasing their biological activity”.

In her research work she focuses on synthesis and biotransformation of flavonoid compounds. Her scientific output comprises over 150 works, including original research papers, monographic chapters, and chapters in textbooks. She is the author of 75 patents and 93 patent applications. She participated in ten research projects.

She is a vice-chairman of the Committee of Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine at the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Polish Society of Food Technology.

Non-scientific interests: travelling, music, literature, Polish cinema, dancing

Prof. dr hab. inż. Joanna Kawa-Rygielska

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1993 – Master of Science (M.Sc., Eng.) in food technology
1999 – Ph.D. in food technology, dissertation: „Improvement of industrial yeast by protoplast fusion technique”  
2012 – D.Sc. in agriculture sciences, monograph: „ The influence of Cr(III) ions on the dynamics and fermentation effects of VHG corn mashes’’
2019 – professor in food technology

Head of the Department of Fermentation and Cereal Technology at the Wroclaw University of Life Sciences.
President of the Polish Society of Food Technologists, Wrocław branch.
Certified Project Manager IPMA D - international level IPMA certification exam.

Foreign scientific internships:
1. Universita degli studi della Basilicata in Potenza, Institute of Genetic in Florence; University in Bologna, University in Verona, Italy.
2. Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, The International Center for Brewing and Distilling, (participation in the course 'Grain, Malt and Microbial Technology Course').
3. The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark - Scholarship of the Danish Government - (6 months), participation in the course "2-D Electrophoresis" (Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis of Proteins using Immobilized pH Gradient) - Pharmacia Biotech, Denmark, participation in a research project on "Isolation of yeast cell membrane proteins".

Research interests are focused on the following topics:
•    intensification and optimization of ethanol production technology;
•    utilization of agro-industrial wastes for bioethanol production;
•    searching for new solutions for utilization of ethanol fermentation residues;
•    production of fermented beverage with high xanthohumol content;
•    elaboration of technology of special beers based on gluten-free feedstocks;
•    production of fermented beverages of high antioxidant activities.


Dr hab. inż. Alicja Z. Kucharska, prof. uczelni

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1993 – Master of Science (M.Sc., Eng.) in food technology
1999 – Ph.D. in food technology, dissertation: „Transformations and the attempt to stabilize anthocyanins from berries and stone fruits”.
2012 – D.Sc. in agriculture sciences, monograph: „Active compounds of cornelian cherry fruit (Cornus mas L.)”

Associate professor in Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Department of Fruit, Vegetable and Plant Nutraceutical Technology.

She identifies biologically active compounds, in particular polyphenols and iridoids, contained in fruits, vegetables and herbs and investigates their stability and transformations in products. She is particularly interested in wild plants (e.g. containing iridoids) and in lesser known (e.g. honeysuckle berries) or forgotten (e.g. cornelian cherry) fruits.

Dr hab. inż. Anna Sokół-Łętowska, prof. uczelni

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1985 – Master of Science (M.Sc., Eng.) in food technology
1997 – Ph.D. in food technology, dissertation: „The Participation of Phenolic Compounds of Selected Raw Plant Materials in Oxidation and Anti-oxidation Reactions”.
2012 – D.Sc. in agriculture sciences. Monograph: „Phenolic Compounds in Liqueurs from Selected Fruits”.

Associate professor in Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Department of Fruit, Vegetable and Plant Nutraceutical Technology.

She identifies biologically active compounds, in particular polyphenols, contained in fruits, vegetables and herbs and investigates their stability and transformations in products. She is particularly interested in wild plants and in lesser known or forgotten fruits

Dr hab. inż. Dorota Bonarska-Kujawa, prof. uczelni

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A graduate of the Wrocław University of Technology, where in 2000 she obtained the title of MSc. technical physics specializing in biomedical engineering. Since 2001, she has been employed at the Department of Physics and Biophysics at the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In 2005 she obtained the PhD in physical sciences specializing in biophysics at the Institute of Physics of the Wroclaw University of Technology. Habilitation in biology in the discipline of biophysics she obtained in 2016 at the University of Lodz. Since 2018, she has been the Head of the Department of Physics and Biophysics.

Scientifically she is focused on biophysics of biological membranes and molecular mechanisms of interaction between the cell membrane and compounds with antioxidant properties, in particular with polyphenolic compounds and plant extracts.

Co-author of 130 research works. In 2011-2014 she was the head of the MNiSW grant and in the 9 grants she participated as a contractor. Since 2009, she has been the secretary of the Committee on Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine at the Wrocław Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She has been a member of the Polish Biophysical Society since 2013.

Non-scientific interests: music, psychomotorics, tourism

Dr hab. Hanna Pruchnik, prof. uczelni

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Biophysicist, graduated in 1995 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Wrocław. PhD thesis entitled “The influence of selected organometallic tin compounds on phase transitions and the structure of model membranes” defended in 2001 at the Faculty of Environmental Protection and Biology, University of Lódź. Habilitation degree in biological sciences in the field of biophysics based on a series of publications under common title "New metal compounds as antitumor, antibacterial and antifungal agents - properties and interaction with biomolecules" obtained in 2017.

Scientific experience gained as a co-investigator for many projects. Interests concern investigation of structure and physicochemical properties of lipid and biological membranes by DSC, ITC, FTIR-ATR, NMR and fluorescence spectroscopy methods and in particular: molecular mechanism of biological activity of potential anti-cancer compounds.

Chairwoman of the Chemistry and Physics Committee in Biology and Medicine at Wrocław PAN. Member of the Polish Biophysical Society.

Non-scientific interests: gardening, phytotherapy, literature

Dr hab. Teresa Kral

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Nuclear physicist by profession (1990). In 1999 she obtained the degree of PhD in biological sciences. From 2019, she has been employed as an assistant professor with the academic degree of D.Sc., based on the thesis entitled “Innovative application of single-molecule fluorescence approach studies on DNA compaction”.

In her professional career, she is currently focusing on research in the field of non-viral gene therapies. For this purpose, she uses highly advanced fluorescence techniques that allow to track system changes at the single-molecule level.

Starting in 2000, she took many scientific internships, which are still continued in cooperation with research centres in France and Czech Republic.

Non-scientific interests: astrophysics, astronomy, yoga, non-fiction, music, travels.


Dr hab. Alina Świzdor, prof. uczelni

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She graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wrocław (1991). After graduating, she took a position at the Department of Chemistry of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, where she obtained the doctoral degree (2002) and habilitation (2014) in biological sciences in the field of biotechnology. She is the co-author of numerous original research studies and over 40 patents. Her  main research interests are:

1.    The use of biocatalysts for the structural modification of biologically active natural compounds in an effort to synthesize new analogues with increased bioactivity or a changed biological activity profile.
2.    Chemical and biochemical aspects of steroid systems, in particular neurosteroids and mechanisms of their interaction with receptors.
3.    Bile acids and their derivatives as well-known systems with new possibilities of application.

She has been a long-standing member of the Polish Chemical Society, and since 2008 a member of the Editorial Board of the Steroids journal.



Dr hab. inż. Anna Chojnacka

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In 2000, she obtained her master's degree in biotechnology engineering (specialty edible fat chemistry and lipid biotechnology). She defended PhD thesis titled  Enzymatic separation of racemic acyclic allyl alcohols in 2007. In 2019, she obtained the degree of habilitated doctor in agricultural sciences in the discipline of food and nutrition technology based on the series of publications entitled Isolation of phospholipids from chicken egg yolk and their enzymatic modification in terms of increasing the content of bioactive fatty acids. Since 2008 she is assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

The scope of her scientific interests is development of new methods of enzymatic modification of natural phospholipids leading to obtaining products enriched in bioactive fatty acids, obtaining structured lipids by chemical and chemoenzymatic methods, processes of kinetic resolution of secondary alcohols using lipases or phospholipases as biocatalysts.

Non-scientific interests: mountains, travel, music, good book


Dr inż. Aleksandra Grudniewska

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She works at the Department of Chemistry at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (UPWr). In 2004 she graduated from the Faculty of Food Sciences, UPWr (M.Sc. in food biotechnology). In 2010 she obtained a PhD in chemical sciences, specialty in organic chemistry (University of Wrocław). In 2011-2013 she was on a postdoctoral fellowship at Tokushima Bunri University in Japan, where she worked on isolating bioactive compounds from entomopathogenic fungi and liverworts.

Currently, her main research interests are focused on using deep eutectic solvents (DES) to isolate natural compounds from by-products of the agro-food industry.

Non-scientific interests: literature

Dr inż. Witold Pietrzak

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Degree of Doctor of Philosophy obtained in 2015 at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Thesis title „Utilization of bakery industry wastes for bioethanol production”. Since 2014 employed as assistant  in the Department of Fermentation and Cereals Technology, since 2018 as adjunct.

Scientific interests concern fermentation technology (ethanol and biomass production); valorization of wastes via biotechnological methods; integrated processes in bioprocess technology; application of filamentous fungi for improvement of technological processes and waste biorefinery.

Non-scientific interests: music, cinema, reading

dr inż. Marcelina Mazur

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In 2007 she got a master degree in biotechnology. She received a PhD in biological sciences (specializing in biotechnology) in 2012 based on thesis "Synthesis and microbiological transformations of halogenolactones". Since 2011, she has been working in the Department of Chemistry at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Her scientific interests are from the border of chemistry and biotechnology. In scientific work, she focuses on biocatalysis and its application to obtain biologically active compounds. Particularly, she is interested in halogenated organic compounds and those containing a lactone ring in their structure.

She gained scientific experience during internships in Zagreb under the scientific supervision of Professor Višnja Gaurina Srček and in France as a member of Professor Charles Gauthier's research group. She took part in Polish and foreign projects.

She cooperates with the Children's University and is a supervisor of the Student Scientific Group of Molecular Cuisine. She is also a member of the Polish Society of Food Technologists.

Non-scientific interests: sport, literature

Dr inż. Monika Dymarska

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Biotechnologist, specialty: food biotechnology (diploma in 2010). In the years 2011-2014 employed as a research assistant in the project “Biotransformations for pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry” (POIG No. 01.03.01-00/158/09). In the years 2014-2018 a PhD student at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In 2019, she defended her doctoral dissertation entitled "Biotransformations of flavonoid compounds in cultures of entomopathogenic filamentous fungi ".
In her research, she uses strains of entomopathogenic filamentous fungi isolated from Lower Silesia region to functionalize flavonoid compounds. The goal is to improve their biological potential and bioavailability. She is the co-author of 19 publications with a total IF of 46.7 as well as 38 granted patents.

Non-scientific interests: psychology, zero waste, cycling

Dr Paulina Strugała

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PhD in Biological Sciences in the field of Biotechnology at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences on the basis of a doctoral dissertation: Biologically Active Fruits Extracts and their Interaction with Biomolecules (2018). From 2012 to 2019 employed as an Assistant (currently as an Assistant Professor) at the Department of Physics and Biophysics, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Scientific interests revolve around biological activity of plant extracts and natural compounds from polyphenols groups; the mechanisms of interaction between flavonoids and model biological membranes and liposomes using fluorescence probes and their interactions with human serum albumin; study the effect of biologically active compounds on the mimetic lipid membranes which simulate  cell membranes of tumor and normal cells.
Scientific experience gained as a head of research project „Preludium 13” founded by National Science Center and as a head of six research tasks founded by Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. 

Member of the Polish Biophysical Society and the Committee for Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine, Polish Academy of Science, branch in Wroclaw.

Non-scientific interests: phytotherapy, healthy lifestyle, travels

Dr Aleksandra Włoch

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Doctoral entitled: "Impact of extracts from selected plant species on the properties of model biological membranes" was obtained at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Wrocław in 2016. Since 2013 employed as a specialist in the scientific laboratory at the Department of Physics and Biophysics at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Her scientific interests revolve around to the study of biological activities (including antioxidant, cytotoxic) and interaction of natural and synthetic compounds with normal and cancer cells as well as biological and model membranes.

In scientific work, she combines the biological knowledge with experience gained in the biophysical laboratory resulting in 20 publications, 50 conference abstracts, 12 patent applications (PL) and participation in 7 projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

From 2015, member of the Committee for Chemistry and Physics in Biology and Medicine, Polish Academy of Science, branch in Wroclaw.

Non-scientific interests: literature, cinema, crime series

Dr Katarzyna Solarska-Ściuk

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Doctor in biological sciences specialized in Biophysics, University of Lodz, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, 2013. The PhD thesis was based on the researches: „Effect of nanodiamond particles on cells in vitro” carried out at the Department of Molecular Biophysics, the Membrane Biophysics Group. Currently employed as Assistant Professor at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, The Faculty of Life Sciences and Technology, The Department of Physics and Biophysics.

Considerable experience was drawn on during both scientific and didactic internships in Poland, Czech Republic and Spain.

Scientific interests revolve around nanotechnology (nanoparticles, nanofibers), types of drug transportations into the cells and oxidative stress.

She actively participated in many scientific institutions and organizations including: The Chemistry and Physics in Biology Committee at Polish Academy of Science in Wroclaw; The Polish Biophysical Society; The Polish Biochemical Society

Non-scientific interests: music, dance, sport



dr inż. Sylwia Cyboran-Mikołajczyk

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