Our scientific interests concentrate on cancer genetics and the genetics of the senses. We use various techniques in our routine practice, from molecular biology and cytogenetics (microarrays, NGS, pyrosequencing, FISH and FICTION) supplemented by functional analyses. The aim of the research is the identification of genomic and epigenomic alterations that contribute to the development of neoplasms and diseases of the sensory organs. To that end, we work closely with renowned Polish and foreign scientific groups.

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Featured publications

Featured research projects

1. Project OPUS

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„Genome-wide mutation screen of the regulome in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma.”

Duration: 2017-2020

2. Project PRELUDIUM

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„Role of miR-299-5p in pathogenesis of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma.”

Duration: 2017-2020

3. Project OPUS

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“The expression analysis of genes and proteins potentially involved in lymph node metastasis formation in laryngeal cancer”

Duration: 2016-2019

4. Project HARMONIA

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“Identification of miRNAs involved in classical Hodgkin lymphoma pathogenesis using combined expression and mutation profiling and functional analyses.”

Duration: 2015-2018

5. Project HARMONIA

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“Whole exome sequencing in Polish patients with sporadic keratoconus and a pilot study of keratoconus proteomic and metabolomic profiles of tears.”

Duration: 2014-2017

Collaborations

Awards

Awarded:
dr hab. n. med. Maciej Giefing
dr hab. n. med. Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak
dr n. med. Katarzyna Kiwerska
dr n. med. Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj
Award of the Division of Medical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Given by: Division of Medical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences

for 5 publications concerning loss of tumor suppressor genes in squamous cell carcinoma

Awarded: mgr inż. Joanna Świerkowska
EMBO Short-term fellowship
Given by: EMBO

Joanna Świerkowska from the Department of Cancer Genetics received an EMBO short-term fellowship for the implementation of the project “The role of the noncoding miRNA and enhancers in high myopia” at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Awarded: dr n. med. Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj
EMBO short-term fellowship
Given by: EMBO

Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj from the Department of Cancer Genetics received an EMBO short-term fellowship for the implementation of the project "Platelets and platelet microparticles (PMP) as omnipresent RNA messengers in inflammatory diseases" at University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Luebeck in Germany.

Awarded: dr hab. n. med. Maciej Giefing
Powołanie na członka Rady Naukowej Instytutu Genetyki Człowieka PAN w Poznaniu na kadencję 2019-2022.
Given by: Rada Naukowa Instytutu Genetyki Człowieka PAN

Awarded: prof. dr hab. n. med. Marzena Gajęcka
Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship
Given by: Kosciuszko Foundation

Prof. Marzena Gajecka has been awarded a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2019/2020, to visit Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX, US. The Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. The Kosciuszko Foundation annually awards a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study, research, and/or teaching at universities and other institutions of higher learning in the United States.

Awarded: mgr Adam Ustaszewski
Msc Adam Ustaszewski otrzymał stypendium międzynarodowe (Short-Term Fellowship) przyznane przez Europejską Organizację Biologii Molekularnej (EMBO)
Given by: European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

Mgr Adam Ustaszewski otrzymał stypendium międzynarodowe (Short-Term Fellowship) przyznane przez Europejską Organizację Biologii Molekularnej (EMBO) na projekt badawczy zatytułowany „Identification of putative alternations of open chromatin regions in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma by integration of ATAC-Seq and high-throughput sequencing of cis-regulatory elements.”, przyznane przez Europejską Organizację Biologii Molekularnej (EMBO). Poznań. 24.01.2019 r.

Awarded: mgr inż. Ewelina Kowal-Wiśniewska
Master’s thesis Award
Given by: Poznań University of Life Sciences

MSc. eng. Ewelina Kowal from the Departament of Cancer Genetics was awarded the Professor Jerzy Zwoliński first degree prize in the competition for the best master’s thesis written in the academic year 2017/2018 at the Poznan University of Life Sciences. Supervisor: Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak, PhD Associate Professor.

Awarded: mgr Adam Ustaszewski
Given by: Organizing committee 18th International Congress of Young Medical Scientists.

The oral presentation entitled 'Germline mutations in ALDH3A1 and RMDN2 genes as potential factors in salivary gland tumor development' received a distinction during 18th International Congress of Young Medical Scientists, Poznan, 14-16.06.2018 r.

Awarded:
mgr inż. Ewelina Kowal-Wiśniewska
mgr Adam Ustaszewski
dr n. med. Katarzyna Kiwerska
mgr Julia Paczkowska
dr hab. n. med. Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak
First prize for the poster
Given by: II Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum Nauk Rolniczo-Przyrodniczych

First prize for the poster “Targeted next generation sequencing of selected genes in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes” (Kowal E, Kiwerska K, Ustaszewski A, Paczkowska J, Adamska M, Czerwińska- Rybak J, Komarnicki M, Gil L, Jarmuż-Szymczak M), II Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum Nauk Rolniczo-Przyrodniczych, Poznań 7-8.04.2018.

Awarded: dr n. med. Katarzyna Kiwerska
Poster nominated for the International Poster Prize
Given by: Organizing Committee 2nd International Symposium on Tumor-Host Interaction in Head and Neck Cancer and 3rd International Symposium on HPV Infection in Head and Neck Cancer, which took place in Essen, Germany on January 25-27, 2018.

Poster entitled "FAM107A gene is silenced in laryngeal tumors by combined DNA methylation and deletion" (K. Kiwerska, M. Szaumkessel, J. Paczkowska, M. Bodnar, E. Byzia, E. Kowal, M. Kostrzewska-Poczekaj, J. Janiszewska, K. Bednarek, M. Jarmuz-Szymczak, E. Kalinowicz, M. Wierzbicka, R. Grenman, K. Szyfter, A. Marszalek, M. Giefing)