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Jacek Kolanowski

Dr. Jacek Łukasz Kolanowski - specialist in the field of biological chemistry / chemical biology, head of the Department of Molecular Probes and Pro-drugs (from 2017) and the Center for High-throughput Screening Research (from 2018) at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Science in Poznań. He obtained his bachelor's (2007) and master's (2009) degrees simultaneously in the field of biotechnology and chemistry at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and a doctoral degree at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon in France (2013). Then, in 2014-2017, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sydney, Australia.

His interdisciplinary research interests in chemistry and biology include, in particular, the design, synthesis, validation and use of low-molecular-weight chemical compounds to visualize and control biochemical parameters in biological models. These tools are used both in basic research to understand physiological and pathological processes as well as application processes for the search for new disease biomarkers and biologically active chemical compounds, also in the context of precision medicine.

Dr Kolanowski is currently managing 3 research grants (Sonata and Opus - NCN, and Homing - FNP). He is also a member of the pan-European consortium EU-Openscreen and one of the co-leaders of the international EU-OS-DRIVE grant (33 partners from all over Europe) awarded by the European Commission (INFRADEV program). He is active in the field of international cooperation (including research partners on 5 continents, invited seminars in Australia, Europe and Asia, including e.g. Nepal and Kazakhstan) and the popularization of science (e.g. popular science lectures, lessons / workshops in schools in Poland and Australia). From July 2019, he is a member of the Polish Young Academy. From December 2020 he is also a president of Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS) – a network of European Young Academies, invited to participate in Science Advice Mechanism (SAM) for European Commission through the project of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).

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