Commercialization of model for drug-resistant cancer cells

Staff members of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS, Military Institute of Medicine (WIM) in Warsaw and Poznań University of Life Sciences …

Prof. Barbara Uszczyńska-Ratajczak elected a member of the Academy of Young Scientists of the Polish Academy of Sciences!

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Barbara Uszczyńska-Ratajczak, the head of the Department of Computational Biology of Non-coding RNA, was …

Latest news: Prof. Marek Figlerowicz elected a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences!

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Marek Figlerowicz was chosen as a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences! This choice is undoubtedly the …

Magdalena Dąbrowska is a laureate of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women and Science

By the decision of the Jury of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women and Science program, Magdalena Dąbrowska was among this year's winners, receiving a …

National Science Center grants for scientists from IBCH PAS

We are pleased to announce that in the MINIATURE 5 call for proposals of the National Science Center, funding was granted to two next projects from…

IBCH PAS shall host a laureate of the PASIFIC program

We are pleased to inform that the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS, will be the host institution for Dr. Mariia Dekaliuk, laureate of PASIFIC…

The AgroBioTop award for Dr. hab. Miłosz Ruszkowski

Dr. hab. Miłosz Ruszkowski, the head of the Department of Structural Biology of Eukaryotes at the IBCH PAS, is the laureate of this year's edition …

By examining the municipal sewage, we will find out how many residents are actually infected with SARS-CoV-2

The research will be possible thanks to an agreement signed recently by the City of Poznań, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS and the …

New habilitation at IBCH PAS

We would like to inform that on October 29, 2021, the Scientific Board of IBCH PAS awarded the postdoctoral degree of habilitated doctor of natural…


IBCH PAS in the fight against coronavirus

IBCH PAS is a leading Polish scientific center that has specialized in RNA research for many years, including research on viruses that contain RNA as genetic material. Among these viruses is the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which is causing COVID-19. 

Immediately after the first infections with this virus in Poland, the Institute's scientists began working on tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the human body. Thanks to their knowledge and experience, as well as their excellently equipped facilities, they have launched a "Viral Support Group", which performs tests for SARS-CoV-2 and works around the clock. The group is headed by Dr. Luiza Handschuch and the spiritus movens of the entire COVID-19 activity of IBCH PAS is Prof. Marek Figlerowicz, the Director of IBCH PAS.

In addition, the scientists of the Institute, in cooperation with Polish companies, have developed the production of their own test. It is qualitatively equal to commercial tests, much cheaper, and available in quantities of hundreds of thousands. Initially, the project was financed solely from the Institute's own funds, but the ambitious goals for large-scale production of the tests required financial support. The first grant (PLN 100,000) was provided by the Wielkopolska Marshal Office, as well as by companies and individuals willing to support the "Viral Support Group". 

On April 9, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin, granted the Institute funds for the production of 100,000 tests. On April 9, Jarosław Gowin granted the Institute nearly PLN 15 million for the production of the first 150 thousand test kits. The price of the set developed at IBCH PAS was about 1/8 of the price of imported tests! It was the last decision of Jarosław Gowin as the Minister of Science and Higher Education. In May and June 2020, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded prof. Marek Figlerowicz, Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, prof. Marcin K. Chmielewski, prof. Maciej Figel, prof. Agnieszka Fiszer, Dr. Luiza Handschuh and prof. Katarzyna Rolle - Knight's Crosses of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and 50 other members of the Viral Support Group - Crosses of Merit. 

The importance and potential of IBCH PAS in SARS-CoV-2 research is illustrated by the fact that the Institute, together with the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, affiliated with IBCH PAS, was selected as the national node of the European initiative "Covid-19 Portal", coordinated by the European Bioinformatics Institute, which operates within the framework of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

IBCH PAS in brief

The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences is one of the leading scientific units in Poland. Its exceptionality across Europe and even the whole world is proven by multi-faceted activities at the interface of three sciences: chemistry, biology and informatics. It is a place where interdisciplinary studies encompassing such fields as bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, systems biology, synthetic biology and bioinformatics are conducted; and in particular – research on the synthesis, structure and function of nucleic acids, and proteins along with their components, as well as their mutual interactions in model and cellular conditions.

The Institute's history dates back to 1969 when the Department of Stereochemistry of Natural Products within the Institute of Organic Chemistry, PAS was established. Subsequently in 1980, it was transformed into an independent Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS and finally in 1988, reorganized into the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS.

The Institute currently hires over 700 employees, of which approx. half work in the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center affiliated with IBCH PAS. Scientific studies in the biological and chemical labs are carried out by about 120 scientists, among them 22 full professors and 32 associated professors, supported by about 90 engineering and technical employees. The Institute's PhD Program and the Poznań Doctoral School of the Institutes of PAS educate ca. 80 PhD students preparing their theses in the Institute. The Institute is authorized to confer PhD and DSc (habilitation) degrees in chemistry within chemical and biological sciences.

IBCH PAS is comprised of 32 research departments, supported by 12 specialized laboratories offering high-class infrastructure. Other significant components within the Institute's framework are the PAS Center for Science, Scientific Publishers and the Library. Moreover, jointly with the Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, the Institute created the European Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics, which is a unique initiative in our country.

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