Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences



“Current approaches in neurological disorder research: from animal models to human brain on the chip” a course by Prof. Dirk Schubert

We cordially invite you to participate in „Current approaches in neurological disorder research: from animal models to human brain on the chip” course which will take place from 04 – 08 December 2023 at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (hall 1, first floor).

The lecture will be conducted by Prof. Dirk Schubert from Radboud University Medical Centre, Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Participants:  30-50

Language: English

Student profile: Master and PhD Students/postdocs from various disciplines (biology, chemistry,  physics, medicine)

StipendsFENS and IBRO-PERC provide up to 5 stipends of 750 EUR for Master and/or PhD students interested in attending this course. Through these stipends FENS and IBRO-PERC aim to encourage and promote international experience of students (students that are currently residing or studying in Poland are not eligible for a FENS and IBRO-PERC stipend for this course).

Stipend application and course registration will take place from September 7 till October 15. Results will be announced by November 2nd, 2023.

Registration to the course: phdoffice@warsaw4phd.eu

Within Warsaw4PhD school the course will count for 2 ECTS as “Advanced methods of biology”

Program of the course:

1. Ex vivo techniques for testing neurological networks

What techniques are currently golden standard in investigating neuronal network structure and function ex vivo? In the lecture the students will get an overview about how to assess single neuron structure and function up to neuronal population activity

2. Inhibitory/excitatory networks

Current research implies that distorted balance between excitation and inhibition is playing a key role in most neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. After 1st introducing the wealth of different classes of excitatory and inhibitory neurons and their specific network integration, during a workgroup the students will work on simple model circuits in order to understand synaptic integration in basic excitatory/inhibitory networks.

3. Animal models for neurodevelopmental disorders

Today science can design animal models for many specific mutations, disorders and research readouts. During this lecture the students will get an overview of a selection of state-of-the-art genetic approaches that allow disease as well as cell type specific neuronal manipulation in translational research.

4. Cellular correlates of mind and memory in vivo

New approaches allow the monitoring and replaying memory in living animals on cellular level. In this interactive lecture the students will learn and discuss about how to use such animal models in fundamental research on memory and in understanding neurological disorders.

5. Human brain on the chip

How to investigate complex mental disorders and treatment strategies in animal models if the genetic etiology is often hardly comparable with the individual patient. Human derived pluripotent stem cells and the so called “human brain on a chip” approaches allow new ways for investigating gene-cellular phenotype correlation and provide a testing platform for patient specific drug testing. During the interactive lecture and using example disorders the student will learn the pros and cons about 2-dimensional neuronal cultures of human iNeurons and brain organoids.

6: Student presentations

The study aims will be tested by students’ presentations and graphical abstracts. Groups of ca. 4 students will chose one recent paper (list of relevant articles will be provided) which they will present during a 15 min Powerpoint presentation. All students need to present and the presentation will be graded, including an individual grade for the performance. Every group will also produce a short graphical abstract of their paper, which will produce a grade that will be combined with the grade for the presentation.

Timetable available soon

Photocatalysis worhshop

Warsaw Doctoral School in Natural and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS cordially invites you to a advanced lecture seriesPhotocatalysis workshop” given by Prof. Burkhard Kӧnig (Universität Regensburg) and Prof. Oliver Wenger (University of Basel)

PART 1 – Monday, Nov 14, 2022 – 2 p.m. – zoom platform
Lecture: “Chemical Photocatalysis in Organic Synthesis – Fundamentals, Opportunities and Limits”,
Prof. Dr. Burkhard König, Institut fuer Organische Chemie, Universitaet Regensburg

PART 2 – Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 – 3 p.m. – conference room IOC PAS
Lecture: ” Photocatalysis from a mechanistic perspective”,
Prof. Dr. Oliver Wenger, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel

OPEN LECTURE – Friday, Nov 18, 2022 – 10 a.m. – aula IOC/ICP PAS
Lecture: ”New photoactive transition metal complexes”,
Prof. Dr. Oliver Wenger, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel

Attached please find official invitation and programme of the course.

This event is supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, grant no. BPI/STE/2021/1/00034/U/00001.


Warsaw Doctoral School in Natural and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS cordially invites you to a SPOTLIGHT TALK 


Understanding biological roles of glycans via chemical sensing and gas-phase analysis  

given by Dr. Mateusz Mariański, Hunter College, The City University of New York 


on 6th October 2022, 10:00 at IChF Aula 

Duration: 2×45 min 


Attached please find official invitation and abstract of the talk. Invitation- pdf


The event is thought as an in-person seminar, but stream will be provided for those who cannot attend it. Zoom connection details are as follows: 

Link: https://zoom.us/j/94864243306?pwd=TUhUSFlsQUdQRFF3OFN1Z1ppQlljdz09 

Meeting ID: 948 6424 3306 

Password: 347293 


This event is supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, grant no. BPI/STE/2021/1/00034/U/00001.

1-month (30 days) research visits (RVs) to foreign laboratories

We are opening a new call for applications for iWARSAW4PhD project within STER programme by POLISH NATIONAL AGENCY FOR ACADEMIC EXCHANGE. The main objective of the Program is support for the internationalisation of doctoral schools. One of the opportunities we will offer are 1-month (30 days) research visits (RVs) to foreign laboratories.

We invite all students of the Warsaw-4-PhD school who, during their PhD studies, have authored an article published or accepted for publication in a JCR-indexed scientific journal to apply for 1-month (30 days) research visit. The Project will cover the costs of stay and travel, see the detailed rules attached.


Required Documents:
– an application using the attached template – download, pdf file
– CV
– letters of invitation issued by the foreign parties.

Detailed information on the required documents and application rules can be found in the attached Rules – download


Application period:

Scanned and signed applications, together with candidates’ CVs and the letters of invitation issued by the foreign parties, should arrive at the secretariats of the relevant Warsaw-4-PhD institutes before the deadline: October 14, 2022.


Results Announcements:

Results will be announced on November 4, 2022.


Contact details, including e-mail addresses of the relevant Institutes can be found here.