Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences



Advanced Lecture Series

Warsaw Doctoral School in Natural and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS



Structure-Switching DNA Aptamers for Chemical Biosensing 

given by 

Dr. Nako Nakatsuka 

    Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


on 26th October 2023, 10:00 at IChF Aula, Kasprzaka 44/52

Duration: 45 min + question time 

Highly recommended to all Warsaw-4-Phd students! 

Attending PhD students can earn 1 ECTS. 


Attached please find the official invitation and abstract of the talk.

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

Inauguration of the Academic Year 2023/2024

We cordially invite you to the Inauguration of the Academic Year 2023/2024.

The ceremony will take place on October 2, 2023 (Monday) at 10:00 a.m. at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, 5 W. K. Roentgen Street, in the Education and Conference Center, Prof. Tadeusz Koszarowski Auditorium.





The program of the inauguration is available here.


To join the meeting on-line click here:



The event will be life-streamed via youtube: https://youtube.com/live/fDmvT-PCqxM?feature=share

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.

1-month (30 days) research visit should take place within 6 month from the announcement of call results.


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:

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 11, 2023.


Results Announcements:

Results will be announced by October 26, 2023.


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

“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 course 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) currently located in Europe.

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 is open now and will last till October 15. Results will be announced before 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.

The Timetable is available here

Summer School Invitation

The 8th Warsaw Conference on Perspectives of Molecular Oncology is a part of a series of annual meetings organized by Maria Skłodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Warsaw since 2015.

Around 100 participants will attend in-person and others will participate on-line.

The main goal is to bring together cancer researchers, clinicians, pathologists and molecular diagnosticians to inspire and build knowledge, establish collaborative studies and form international ties.

The first day of conference will be dedicated for Perspectives on Kinases in Oncology. It will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on kinases, kinase inhibitors and how to optimize patient outcomes through discovery, translation and clinical research.

Session 1 will focus on the molecular oncology of kinases – how kinase mutations drive the hallmarks of cancer, understanding kinase function through structural and cell biology, and the hot topic of biomolecular compartments and phase separation in kinase signaling.

Session 2 will focus on clinical aspects of kinase inhibitors including success and limitations in lung cancer and leukemia.

Session 3 will focus on kinase drug discovery using small molecules, macromolecules and peptidomimetics.

There will be a panel discussion to provide a perspective on the future directions of kinase research in the lab and clinic.

More information available here


Additionally, at 5th and 6th of September the MSCNRIO Summer School of drug discovery in oncology (05.09 – 08.09 .2023) will be organized for PhD students – the number of participants is limited.

More information available here

Prof. Daniel Gryko, Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, has received an ERC Advanced Grant for the ARCHIMEDES project.

We would like to announce that Prof. Daniel Gryko, Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for the ARCHIMEDES project.

More details: https://www.icho.edu.pl/prof-daniel-gryko-otrzymal-erc-advanced-grant-na-projekt-archimedes/