Our Team

head of the laboratory

— dr hab. Andrzej Borkowski

PhD Student / Technical assistant

— mgr Paweł Działak

Ph.D. student and Technical Assistant at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.

I graduated with a degree in biotechnology from the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at UJK Kielce.

My research interests include broadly understood geomicrobiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, but also biomineralisation and sorbent analyses.

PhD Candidate

— mgr inż. Ewa Borowska

Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Warsaw.

My research lines include geomicrobiology; volcanic areas; lava caves and the extremophiles thriving there; biofilm formation; and non-invasive study for identifying abiotic sources of organic compounds by microorganisms settling rocks.

I am focused on early photosynthesis; adaptations of microorganisms to various factors; interactions between organisms in extreme environments; and secondary metabolites of extremophiles. In addition, I design terrestrial experiments as an analog to conducting investigative missions on the planets Mars and Venus.

Work as part of scientific grants funded by:
-Polish National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) within the 1st bilateral Polish-Turkish scheme, POLTUR/GraphESol – Graphene-derived electrodes for bio-inspired solar-fuel device.
-National Science Centre (Poland) – Structural and functional characterization of the photosynthetic apparatus of an extremophilic red microalgae C. merolae

Our Partners

PhD Candidate / Technical Assistant

— mgr Marcin Daniel Syczewski

He graduated from the Faculty of Geology at the University of Warsaw. Currently, he is the head of the Laboratory of Geomicrobiology and Environmental Geochemistry at the Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw. 

Scientifically, he deals with the geochemistry of supergene environments and geomicrobiology. Moreover, he specializes in mineralogy, biomineralization, and crystallochemistry of weathering mineralization. 

He is also experienced in micro-area analyzes – particularly in scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersion detectors (EDS) and wavelength detectors (WDS). He also specializes in analyzes using STEM, Cryo-SEM, FIB, and EBSD methods.

Assistant Professor

— dr Jakub Ciążela

Planetary geologist, geochemist and mineralogist. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). 

Deals with the migration of metals and exploration of new deposits in areas so far rarely explored. The only Pole so far participating in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) oceanic missions. Currently involved in International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) projects and European Space Agency ExoMars mission to Mars. Holder of scholarships of FNP, ECORD, InterRidge and DAAD. He is a winner of many grants from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the National Science Center. 

In one of them (OPUS NCN) he studies the formation of endogenous metal deposits on Mars. He is also working on the MIRORES instrument, which will allow to search for them using far infrared.