From September to December 2019 Raman Imaging Group was hosting PhD student Stefania-Alexandra Iakab from the Rovira and Virgili University in Tarragona (Spain). The aim of her three-month stay was use the AuBSi substrates and sputtered Au nanolayers as new label-free surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) techniques for biological tissue imaging, the imaging of islets of Langerhans and the β-cells from mouse pancreas tissues.
The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) settled the contest for projects in the framework of bilateral exchange program between the Poland and the Czech Republic. Among the grants that received funding was a project submitted together with Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences entitled. "New imaging and spectroscopic methods for biological studies", whose coordinator on the Polish side is Malgosia.
On 3rd December 2019 in Copernicus Science Centre the Diamond Grant distribution ceremony took place. The prizes were handed by the Minister of Science and Higher education, program organizer. We want to congratulate our talented graduate student, Karolina Augustyniak, who is the Laureate of current edition!
The National Science Center has decided the next, 17-th edition of OPUS and PRELUDIUM contest. In the group that received financial support were projects of people from our Team:
Agnieszka, OPUS entitled: Lipid unsaturation degree in perivascular adipose tissue - a new biomarker of vascular wall inflammation? Raman studies of murine caridovascular models and primary isolated adipocytes, (abstract).
Ewa, PRELUDIUM entitled: Studies on biologically relevant systems in conditions of resonance Raman optical activity, (abstract). Congratulations!
Our PhD student Karolina Chrabąszcz joined the research team of Sarah Bohndiek (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) between 21.10.2019 and 29.11.2019. Karolina undertook the visit to expand her knowledge of the use Raman spectroscopy in the studies of cancer cells. She worked with our Witec Raman microspectroscopy system, which is specially adapted for imaging of live cells. During her internship, she studied a range of small molecule metabolites normally present in living cells cycle and then performed studies in cancer cell lines to observe the presence of studied standard compounds.
We are pleased to announce that Grzegorz recived 2nd price in the contest for the best PhD thesis conducted with the help of computing resources of ACC Cyfronet.
On 6-9 November, Prof. Katsumasa Fujita from the University of Osaka, a specialist in Raman and fluorescence microscopy gave a lecture entitled "Raman microscopy for imaging intracellular molecules" and had an interesting discussion with us about the study of biological systems using modern spectroscopic apparatuses.
We are pleased to announce that the Head of our Team Malgosia received the Jagiellonian Laurel in the field of exact and natural sciences. "Jagiellonian Laurel" is the award of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University granted on the occasion of the Jagiellonian University holiday for outstanding scientific achievements made in the last 5 calendar years preceding the year of its granting. Congratulations!
Candidates for PhD are welcome to apply to the Doctoral School of Science and Natural Sciences of Jagiellonian University. There is 6 funded studentships available at the Jagiellonian Center of Experimental Therapeutics (JCET). The recruitment will be open on 26 August. There is no entrance exam, just an interview with candidates. More info available here.
We are happy to announce that two PhD students from our Group received the NCN Etiuda 7 funding:
Monika Hałat (Raman optical activity of biologically active compounds: study of monomers and complex supramolecular systems) and
Ewelina Wiercigroch (Design of SERS nanosensors for the detection of disease markers)
On 19th July to 5st August, Ola has done a internship at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science in Shimane University in Matsue in the group of Professor Yamamoto Tatsuyuki. The intership was focused on learning the program for analyzing results obtain from Raman imaging, MCR-ALS (Multivariate Curve Resolution Analysis). This intership was financed from the Harmonia Project (UMO-2016/22/M/ST4/00150).
We are pleased to announce that the 4-year student of Medical Chemistry Karolina Augustyniak is the laureate of this year's edition of the Diamond Grant. Karolina, under the supervision of Kamilla and in cooperation with the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, will identify spectroscopically stages of stem cell differentiation. Congratulations!
We are happy to announce that our PhD student Monika Kujdowicz received the NCN Preludium grant "Spectral cytology and histopathology of infiltrating bladder cancer - a proof of concept". As part of the grant, she intends to develop a method of non-invasive detection of bladder cancer based on FTIR spectra of urinary tract.
Nano and Fast Vibrational Spectroscopy seminar was held on June 17-18. During the seminar a series of lectures discussing advanced methods of vibrational spectroscopy and their applications with emphasis on nano IR and nonlinear Raman spectroscopy were presented. Our great speakers included Prof. Halina Abramczyk, Prof. Oliver Piot, Prof. Wojciech Kwiatek, Dr. Mustafa Kansiz, Dr. Jan Vavra, Dr. Ewelina Lipiec, Dr. Luca Quaroni and Dr. Jakob Nixdorf. The seminar program can be found here.
From November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019, Grzegorz stayed on a six-month internship in the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in the group of Professor Petr Bouř. The internship was financed from the grant Etiuda 5 NCN entitled: "Spectroscopic studies of chiral xanthophylls and their supramolecular aggregates". The purpose of the intership was to perform theoretical calculations of RROA spectra of selected models of carotenoid aggregates.
Congratulations to all co-authors of our latest article: Chiral Amplification in Nature: Cell-extracted Chiral Carotenoid Microcrystals Studied Via RROA of Model Systems, M. Dudek, E. Machalska, T. Oleszkiewicz, E. Grzebelus, R. Baranski, P. Szcześniak, J. Mlynarski, G. Zajac, A. Kaczor, M. Baranska, accepted for publication in the Angewandte Chemie journal.
On 24th February to 1st March, Ola has done a fortnightly internship at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) in the group of Professor Juergen Popp. The purpose of this intership was to get acquainted with the CARS technique and measurements of eosinophilic cells stimulated with various inflammatory agents. This intership was financed from the Harmonia Project (UMO-2016/22/M/ST4/00150).
We are happy to announce that Head of our group Malgosia received the FNP TEAM NET grant: "A platform for rapid, non-labeling imaging, identification and sorting of leukemia cell subtypes". The total amount of the grant is 26 million PLN for syndication consisting of six teams, including 4.6 million PLN for Raman Imaging Group; the consortium is headed by the University of Warsaw. As part of the grant, we intend to create and clinically implement the SRS microscope with a cell measuring adapter in the flow for fast, objective and cheaper diagnostics of leukemia cells. More information here.
On January 10-17 and October 22-27 Prof. Olivier Piot, Prof. Ganesh D Sockalingum and Dr. Valérie Untereiner, scientists from Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Biophotonique et Technologies pour la Santé were our guests. During numerous meetings we held interesting scientific discussions and listened to a number of lectures on vibrational spectroscopy and imaging of biomedical samples for disease diagnostics.