Krakow Scientific Consortium "Matter - Energy - Future" which includes the Department of Chemistry, founded special scholarships for two of our graduate students: Kasia and Krzysztof.
Marta, Krzysztof and Grzegorz received funding from Human Capital Operational Programme Sub-4.1.1. "Society - Technology - Environment" for the foreign internships.
The seminar „Imaging in the nanoscale: AFM and SNOM” was held in Krakow on 16-17 September 2014. The seminar was co-organized with Prof. Malgorzata Lekka from the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences. About 120 participants took part in lectures, presented by leading Polish scientists in this area. Our guests were: prof. Marek Cieplak, dr. Pawel Janus, dr. Tomasz Kobiela; dr. Anna Niedźwiedzka, prof. Elżbieta Pamula, dr hab. Arkadiusz Ptak; dr hab. Jakub Rysz, prof. Marek Szymonski, prof. Szczepan Zapotoczny.
Kasia Marzec carried out two months of research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within the framework of the Kosciuszko Fellowship. She conducted a series of tissue imaging experiments with the use of hi-res IR and Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy.
17-22 August 2014 in Krakow was held conference SPEC 2014 Shedding New Light on Disease.
Ola spent a month on an internship at the University of Exeter Medical School in the group of Professor Pawlak. She learned to work on the brain tissues of mice and double staining - to localize the EphA4 receptors on neurons
From March to June Kamila Kochan was on a 3 - month internship in research group lead by prof. Bayden Wood at the Centre for Biospectroscopy and School of Chemistry (Monash University) in Melbourne, Australia. The aim of the internship was to analyze the chemical profile of the liver with particular attention to changes caused by liver cancers (histiocytic sarcoma, periarticular histiocytic sarcoma, reactive histiocytosis and histiosarcoma). In the case of tumor model, in addition to research on the pathogenesis and the search for potential markers of various types of cancer by means of spectroscopic techniques, Kamila was also involved in the study of two additional aspects: the phenomenon of Electric Field Standing Wave (EFSW) and the possibility of analysis of paraffin-embedded preparations. The internship was funded by the Structural Funds of the European Union in the framework of the "Society-Technology-Environment".
The workshop "Chirality - Structure, Spectroscopy, Sterechemistry and Synthesis of Biological Active Compounds" was held in Krakow on 26-27 June 2014. The participants presented their research results concerning the synthesis and spectroscopic methods of characterization (ECD methods, VC, ROA) of chiral compounds. Among the invited guests were Prof. Bogusława Czarnik-Matusewicz, Prof. Jan Dobrowolski, Prof. Jadwiga Frelek, Prof. Andrzej Kudelski, Prof. Magdalena Pecul, Prof. Tadeusz Poloński and Prof. Joanna Sadlej.
Most of the members of the Raman Imaging Group participated in The Fourth Interdisciplinary Seminar JCET that took place in Wierchomla on 13-16 June 2014. The seminar was devoted to the summary of three years of the research project JCET "The vascular endothelium in diseases of civilization: the cognitive research to offer innovative drug endothelial activity".
In May Kasia Majzner started an internship in the Proteomics and Spectroscopy Group at the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens (ZBS) of the Robert Koch-Institut under supervision of Prof. Peter Lasch. During the 8-weeks internship Kasia learned the protocol of FT-IR imaging application for the microorganisms characterization. The main aim of her study was characterization of Burkholderia species and strains using FT-IR and artificial neural network (ANN).
Kasia and Krzysztof got the prizes for the best poster presentations at the 22nd Krakow Conference on Endothelium, JCET Seminar (Wierchomla Mala 5-8.06.2014).
09.06.2014: A guest of ZOR was Dr. Ishan Barman, from The Barman Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Dr Barman gave a lecture "Visualizing the molecular pathology of cancers".
Tomek was awarded a START 2014 stipend for young scientists by the Foundation for Polish Science.
27.03.2014 Dr. Curt Marcott, a specialist in IR Spectroscopy working in Anasys Instruments Company gave a lecture "Nanoscale Chemical Characterization of Materials using AFM-Based Infrared Spectroscopy".
21.03.2014: A guest of ZOR and JCET was Dr. Christoph Krafft from the Department of Spectroscopy and Imaging, Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany. Dr. Kraft gave a lecture entitled "Current trends in biomedical applications of Raman".
21.03.2014: Grzegorz Zajac, our student, received the award for the best presentation at Openreadings Conference, Scientific Conference of Physics and Natural Sciences, (Vilnius, Lithuania, 19-21.03.2014).
19.03.2014: A guest of our team was Prof. Laurence A. Nafie from the Syracuse University, who gave a lecture „Supramolecular Chirality in Protein Fibrils Probed by Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD)”. Prof. L. Nafie is the author of the article "Physical chemistry: Handedness detected by microwaves" that was published in Nature (Nature 497, 446-448, 2013).