Professor of medical sciences since 2000, Ph.D. in Chemistry 1974, doctorate with habilitation 1993,

Head (1993 – 2015) of the Dept. of Environmental Mutagenesis of the Institute  renamed for Dept. Tumor Genetics (2014),

Part time employment in the Dept. of Otolaryngology and Laryngeal Oncology of the Poznań University of Medicine,

 

experience achieved in sabbatical terms:

  • Moscow, Soviet Union; , Inst. of Med. Genetics, Acad.of Med. Sci. USSR;
  • Edinburg, Scotland, UK; Dept. of Zoology of the University; British Council fellowship,
  • Gatersleben, GDR; Inst.of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Acad of Sci. of GDR;
  • Budapest, Hungary; Inst. of Biochem., Semmelweis Med. Univ.,
  • Leiden, The Netherlands; Dept. of Chemical Mutagenesis and Radiation Genetics, State Univ. of Leiden,
  • Helsinki, Finland; Dept. of Toxicology, Finish Institute of Occupational Medicine,
  • Stockholm, Sweden; Center for Nutrition and Toxicology, Karolinska Institute;

 

present and past research areas:

  • genetics and molecular biology of head and neck cancer in relation to risk and progression. The topics include: damage of genetic material at DNA (DNA adducts, oxidative DNA damage, single strand DNA breaks, DNA mutations in specific genes) and chromosome (classical and molecular cytogenetics) level, individual susceptibility to mutagenes/carcinogens (chromosome instability, genotyping of detoxifying enzymes; indentification of genes active in head & neck cancer involved in initiation and progression,
  • nutrition and cancer,
  • genetic background of hearing impairment,
  • genotoxicity testing of chemicals in human environment associated with occupational environmental and life style exposure; estimation of DNA damage and repair,

 

other positions and honors:

president of the Europen Environmental Mutagnesis Society (EEMS), 2004-2006,

member of the Executive Council of EEMS, 2002-2008,

head of the Section of Mutagenesis of the Polish Genetic Society (1994-2000)

member of the Committee of Tumour Biology of the Polish Academy of Siences (since 1996)

member of the Council of the Faculty of Medicine of the K.Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences (since 1999),

member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Sosnowiec, Poland, 2003-2007,

international reviewer of the Institute for Cancer Research, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2007,

reviewer (three terms = 6 years) for the (Polish) State Committee of Scientic Research (KBN),

member of editorial board of Eur.Arch.Otorhinolaryngology (since 2004), Europ. J.Genetic & Molec.Toxicology (since 2007), J.Appl.Genetics )2001-2005 and since 2009), Cancer Research and Treatment, Journal of Genetic Study and Przegląd Lekarski

registered reviewer in Cancer Letters, Toxicology Letters, Medical Science Monitor, Oral Oncology,

 

The author of 230 research and review papers, book chapters, monographs and popular science articles.

Publications

Czy używanie e-papierosów wpływa na występowanie raka krtani?

Szyfter K, Napierała M, Florek E, Szyfter W;

Post Chir Głowy i Szyi, 2018, 2: 7-12.

HPV-related HNC - new challenge and hope for head and neck cancer subjects.

Szyfter K, Kiwerska K, Wierzbicka M;

Journal of Medical Science, 2018, 87 (1): 44-48.

Awards

Awarded:
dr n. med. Kinga Bednarek
prof. dr hab. n. med. Krzysztof Szyfter
dr hab. n. med. Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak
dr hab. n. med. Maciej Giefing
Award.
Given by: Organizing Committee 31st Int. Congress of the International Academy of Pathology, European Society of Pathology.

Award for poster "The inorganic pyrophosphatase (PPA1) expression as the new potential metastatic parameter in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC)". 31st International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology, European Society of Pathology, Cologne, Germany, 25-29.09.2016 r.

Awarded: prof. dr hab. n. med. Krzysztof Szyfter
Golden Cross of Merit for scientific activity
Given by: President of Republic of Poland

For scientific activity

Awarded:
dr n. med. Kinga Bednarek
dr n. med. Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj
dr n. med. Marcin Szaumkessel
dr hab. n. med. Maciej Giefing
prof. dr hab. n. med. Krzysztof Szyfter
dr hab. n. med. Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak
„Golden Helix”
Given by: Scientific committee of the IV Polish Congress of Genetics in the Oncogenetics section

Poster price „CDK1 – new oncogene in squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx?”

Awarded:
mgr inż. Joanna Janiszewska
dr n. med. Marcin Szaumkessel
dr hab. n. med. Maciej Giefing
dr hab. n. med. Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak
dr n. med. Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj
prof. dr hab. n. med. Krzysztof Szyfter
Poster price
Given by: Scientific committee of the V Congress of Contemporary Oncology

Poster price „Search for novel tumor suppressor genes regulated by potentially oncogenic microRNA”