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- We are pleased to announce that the conference ICAVS-11 (11th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy) in 2021, will be organized by us in Krakow! Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049), an open access journal, is publishing a Special Issue entitled “Biomedical Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy: Recent Advancement and Applications” and has approached prof. Kamilla Malek to guest edit this themed issue. In this regard, we invite our Colleagues to contribute either an original research paper, a short communication, or a focus review to this issue. Provided below is some information that you may find useful in your consideration of this invitation.
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 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!
- 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. Congratulations!
- 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. Congratulations!
- We cordially inform for the seminar Nano and Fast Vibrational Spectroscopy that will be held on 17th-18th June 2019. 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 will be presented. Registration will be opened on 22nd February 2019. More informations here. All applications should be sent to the following address mail: email@example.com.
- 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.
On 9th to 10th of December we hosted Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki. On 10th of December he gave us a lecture: "Anharmonicity and NIR spectroscopy".
- Malgosia recived the Rector's Award for the highest score in the student's assessment of didactic classes in 2017/2018 at Faculty of Chemistry JU. Congratulations!
The National Science Center has decided the next edition of OPUS and PRELUDIUM contest. In the group that received financial support were projects of people from our Team:
Malgosia, OPUS entitled: RS-SRS-MED: Spontaneous and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy for sensitive and ultrafast imaging of cells upon development of life style diseases, (abstract).
Monika, PRELUDIUM entitled: Spectroscopic analysis and chiroptical studies of supramolecular assemblies: biologically important aggregates and model systems, (abstract).
- Autumn Seminar of Raman Imaging Group took place in Zakopane from 9th to 10th November 2018. In addition to the fascinating scientific discussions, for the sake of the health of participants, one of the elements of the seminar was the the hiking to Zelené pleso Kežmarské in Slovakia and Morskie Oko in Poland.
- We would like to congratulate Kamilla for receiving the Pro Arte Docendi award. The award is granted to outstanding academic teachers employed at the Jagiellonian University for the high quality of didactic work, in particular for mastery in knowledge transfer, excellent relations and results of work with students, introducing innovative solutions in the field of education and application in practice, innovative methods and measures, consistent with the indications of modern academic didactics.
- Congratulations to Kasia Majzner and Marta Pacia for obtaining a scholarship for outstanding young scientists awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of submitted applications, by means of a competition. This year 1129 applications were submitted, and 181 outstanding scholarships were awarded to young researchers.
- Marta won the Polish Chemical Society Award for her doctoral dissertation.The award ceremony took place during the 61st PTChem Congress at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University.
On July 18-19, Professor Peter Gilch from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf was a guest of ZOR. Professor Glich is a specialist in nonlineat techniques of Raman stimulated techniques. Lecture, delivered by prof. Gilch in Krakow was titled Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Microscopy (FSRM) - Status and Perspectives.
- Between 10th and 15th of June 2018 in Glasgow took place SPEC 2018 conference, which Raman Imaging Group couldn't miss. On the photo with the Head of the Organizing Committee, the true Scotsman, dr. Matthew Baker.
- On 14th to 25th of May, 2018, Ewa has done a fortnightly internship in the group of prof. Agnieszka Szumna at Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS (Warsaw). The purpose of this internship was learning how to synthesize molecular systems exhibit chirality. In order to examine the properties of the obtained systems, she performed nuclear magnetic resonance measurements (NMR).
- Karolina Augustyniak – a bachelor student working in our Group on the diagnosis of early metastasis of breast cancer via FTIR imaging was awarded the Main Award for oral presentation at the conference Horizons of Science 2018. Congratulations!
- Agnieszka's B.Sc. student, Gosia Szulczewska, won the prize of "Bratniak" Foundation for Students and Alumni for the poster presentation entitled Study of chemical changes in human valvular interstitial cells presented during the Horizons of Science Forum of Diploma Papers, which took place on May 22-23, 2018 in Krakow. Congratulations!
- On 12th May ZOR team participated in the charity run "BohateRun". The event was a part of the JU Open Day on Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Jagiellonian University Revival. Pictures from this event can be found here.
On April 25th, Dr Michał Nejbauer from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences came to us from Warsaw. Dr Nejbauer discussed with us the topic of non-linear techniques of Raman spectroscopy, and his lecture was also devoted to this subject.
- Patrycja, a student who performs diploma thesis in our team has been qualified for summer practice at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, where she will be able to broaden her scientific horizons. Congratulations!
- On 21th April ZOR team participated in the charity run 13th Piotr Gładki Mini Cracovia Marathon, pictures from this event can be found here.
On 17th-19th April, Professor Cristiano Zonta from the University of Padova visited us. Prof. Zonta gave a lecture entitled Self-Assembled Metal-Ligand Supramolecular Architectures: From Chirality Sensing to Molecular Confinement and discussed with us about supramolecular chiral systems.
- On march 28th Easter Meeting of Raman Imaging Group took place. We send best Easter wishes to all Friends of our Team!
On February 19-26, we hosted Dr. Mika Ishigaki from the Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. She gave a lecture about NIR imaging of biological samples.
- On 11th to 26th of January, 2018, Aneta has done a short internship in the group of prof. Olivier Piot na University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France). Under the supervision of prof. Ganesh Sockalingum, she has learnt spectroscopic data analysis using advanced chemometric methods.
- On 10th to 31st of January, 2018, Ewa has done a short internship in the group of prof. Christian Johannessen at University of Antwerp (Belgium). During her stay in Antwerp, Ewa learnt and performed measurements of biological compounds by means of vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy (VCD).
- Rafaella Ferreira Fernandes-PhD canidate from Brasil, had been working with us from April 2017 to January 2018. Rafaella has been awarded a scholarship from the CAPES Foundation, an agency under the Ministry of Education of Brazil, in order to conduct part of his doctoral research as a Visiting Student in the Raman Imaging Group. Her proposal involves the use of Raman spectroscopy as a powerful tool to investigate biological systems since the identification of specific molecules has significantly improved the understanding of important biochemical processes. We wish her further successes!
- In 3rd edition of Valentine's Run (February 11th) our ZOR team complete 5 km race and improve their individual records. Congrats!
- January 14th. ZOR Team (Malgosia, Agnieszka, Ada and Dominika) takes part in the Run of Great Hearts of the Christmas Charity Orchestra. We do help!
On 8th of November to 18th of December, 2017, Ewelina Bik has done an internship in the group of prof. Yukihiro Ozaki at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan). Under the supervision of Dr. Mika Ishigaki, she became familiarized with near-infrared imaging and Raman measurements.
- December 8th: Christmas Meeting of Raman Imaging Group is behind us, in a nice atmosphere and with good music. We send best Christmas wishes and good energy (warm radiation from the IR range) to all Friends of our Team!
- The group mambers take care of thier form ... each one separately but also together: we started a group running!
- Kasia Marzec and Jakub got the prizes for the best poster presentations at the 25th Krakow Conference on Endothelium (Kraków, Poland, 20-21.10.2017).
Prof. Timothy A. Keiderling from University of Illinois (Chicago, USA) gave a lecture "Protein folding from the ground up. Thermodynamic and kinteic studies of peptides and proteins with increasing complexity" on October 4th.
- We are pleased to announce that in September 2017 the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University moved to a new bulding, which is currently located on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Jagiellonian University Revival, at Gronostajowa Street 2 in Krakow. Below you will find photos of the new Raman Imaging Group laboratory. More pictures of the new Faculty of Chemistry can be found here.
- Summer Seminar of Raman Imaging Group took place in Rabka-Zdroj from 25th to 26th June 2017. For the sake of the health of participants and our endothelium one of the elements of the seminar was the hiking to Maciejowa and Stare Wierchy mountain (Gorce) and another day to Lubon Wielki mountain (Beskid Wyspowy).
- From 21th May to 17th June 2017 Szymon held an internship in Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, Manchester (UK), in the group of prof. Peter Gardner. The aim of the internship was learning about aplications of advanced analyse methods of spectroscopic data with the use of MATLAB.
- Malgosia was nominated for the Student's Friend Award 2017. The idea of the event was born out of the need to reward people working at the Jagiellonian University for their pro-student attitude, and taking care of their development and acquiring knowledge and skills.
Rafaella Ferreira Fernandes has been awarded a scholarship from the CAPES Foundation, an agency under the Ministry of Education of Brazil, in order to conduct part of his doctoral research as a Visiting Student in the Raman Imaging Group. Her proposal involves the use of Raman spectroscopy as a powerful tool to investigate biological systems since the identification of specific molecules has significantly improved the understanding of important biochemical processes. Rafaella will work with us for 10 months.
From 30th to 31th March 2017 we hosted prof. Tatsuyuki Yamamoto (Faculty of Life and Environmental Science, Shimane University, Japonia) together with his wife Miyuki. Professor gave a lecture in JCET and participated in a seminar where we discussed the results and plans for further cooperation.
In the elections held in February Malgosia was elected director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy(CLIRSPEC)(https://clirspec.org/). CLIRSPEC is a non-profit organisation, constituted in 2015. The Society exists to act as a platform for those individuals, teams and organisations wishing to promote the translation of spectroscopy into the clinical environment, for the general benefit of patients; for example, to improve patient diagnosis and prognosis. The company offers Summer School for young scientist and students(http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk).
Prof. Juergen Popp from Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Institute of Physical Chemistry & Abbe-Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller University (Jena, Germany) gave a lecture “Raman spectroscopy – translational approaches for routine clinical applications” in JCET on January 20th.
- Monika spent two weeks in the group of prof. Petr Bouř at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. During the intership, Monika studied and performed measurements of proteins, using the Raman optical activity (ROA).
- From 11th to 17th December 2016 Grzegorz held a brief internship in the Prague at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in the group of Prof. Petr Bouř. During the stay Grzegorz was learning a molecular dynamics in study of structure and aggregation process of carotenoids.
In November Karolina and Szymon spent one week in Agilent Technology, Waldbronn, Germany. During the stay, they had performed the measurements of tissues and cells with the use of FT-IR imaging.
Prof. Petr Bour from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic) gave a lecture "Using Optical Activity Spectroscopy for Molecular Studies" on November 23rd.
- Following lectures organized within the project entitled “M. Smoluchowski Seminary” were given on 27-28.10.2016 by our excellent speakers:
Prof. Hugh J. Byrne (FOCAS Research Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology), "Advancing Vibrational Spectroscopy for Cellular and Sub Cellular Analysis".
Prof. Peter Gardner (FRSC School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), The University of Manchester), “Infrared Spectral Histopathology: The case for rapid screening”.
Prof. Ganesh D Sockalingum (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Biophotonique et Technologies pour la Santé, UFR Pharmacie), "Investigating liver diseases via vibrational spectroscopy".
- Krakow Scientific Consortium "Matter - Energy - Future" which includes the Department of Chemistry, founded special scholarships for four of our graduate students: Monika, Ewelina Szafraniec, Krzysztof and Grzegorz.
- The seminar entitled „Spectroscopy, microscopy, self-assembling” was held in Krakow on 6-7 October 2014. Our excellent speakers discussed application of spectroscopic and microscopic methods to study self-organizing systems, especially of biological importance. The seminar, co-organized with Dr. habil. Pawel Wydro (Physical Chemistry of Surfaces Group, Faculty of Chemistry, UJ) brought together over 80 participants. The book of abstracts (in Polish) can be found at: http://www2.chemia.uj.edu.pl/zor/seminariumSMS2016/.
- Dr Juliano de Andrade Gomes from Forensic Institute of Civil Police of the Brazilian Federal District in Brazil was our guest at the beginning of September. He and ZOR members worked on the development of an analysis of degraded vehicle paint layers by using Raman and FTIR imaging supported by chemometrics.
- Polish minister of Science and Higher Education acknowledge under the program IUVENTUS PLUS, 15 million zł to finance projects of young scientists, up to 35 years, conducting research at a high level and having outstanding scientific achievements in the field of publishing, on an international scale. During the fifth edition of the competition the 894 requests of young scientists were examined and 56 winners wre granted, including Dr. Katarzyna M. Marzec, starting from the Jagiellonian University Medical College and Dr. Katarzyna Majzner starting from the Faculty of Chemistry. Both researchers perform some research in JCET and the Faculty of Chemistry.
- Kasia Marzec was a poster winner given by Analyst Journal at ICORS 2016. The details were presented were presented on RSC blog.
- Kasia Majzner has spent 6 months in the group of prof. Volker Deckert in Institute of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany). Kasia worked on the application of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) to investigate double stranded DNA at nanoscale. The internship was funded by the National Science Center (Etiuda 2, DEC-2014/12/T/ST4/00686).
Prof. dr hab. Jacek Waluk from the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsow, Poland) was a guest of the Faculty of Chemistry on June 13th. Prof. Waluk gave a lecture entitled "What is the best way to observe single molecules".
- Since March 2016, Andrey Giovanni Gomes de Oliveira, a graduated biotechnology (at University of Brasilia) student from Brazil has been doing internship at our group as part of a scholarship sponsored by the Brazilian Federal District Research Support Foundation and Ilaraine Acácio Arce Forensic Expert Foundation. The main goal of his project is to investigate the enviromental degradation of vehicle paintings as well as the degradation of aged Gothic and European lacquerware paints using both Raman and Infrared spectroscopies.
- Spring Seminar of Raman Imaging Group took place in Szczawnica and Nowy Targ on May 11th. In addition to the fascinating scientific discussions, the group undertook other activities such as walking trails in the Pieniny mountain range and explore the flavors of the capital of Podhale region.
- Ewelina Wiercigroch spent 3 weeks in the lab of Prof. Sebastian Schluecker in the Essen-Duisburg University. The aim of this internship was learning how to synthesize nanoparticles with the defined shape and size suitable for immuno-SERS (surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy). During this time she worked on the application of the immuno-SERS technique to detect one of the important marker of vulnerable atherosclerosis plaque - smooth muscle cells (SMCs). The internship was funded by COST Action BM1401 STSM.
- From 1.01.2016-31.03.2016 Marta was on a 3 - month internship in research group lead by prof. Christoph Krafft at The Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena (Germany). During her stay she gained expertise in Raman spectroscopy with fiber optic probes and collected Raman images from endothelia of mouse vascular walls. The internship was funded by the National Science Center (Etiuda3, DEC-2015/16/T/ST4/00500).
Prof. Laurence D. Barron from the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, UK) gave a lecture "Raman Optical Activity: An Incisive Probe of Molecular Chirality and Biomolecular Structure and Behaviour" on March 8th.
Since January 2016 Malgosia became an Editor of Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Elsevier, while Kasia Majzner is Editorial Assistant.
Prof. Prasad L. Polavarapu from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville (USA) gave a lecture "Chiroptical Spectroscopy Provides a Unique Approach to Three Dimensional Molecular Structure Determination" on January 4th.
- Krakow Scientific Consortium "Matter - Energy - Future" which includes the Department of Chemistry, founded special scholarships for two of our graduate students: Kamila and Krzysztof.
- From 9th to 13th November Grzegorz held a brief internship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw), in the group of Prof. Jadwiga Frelek. During the stay Grzegorz was learning an application of chiroptical methods (VCD and ECD) in the study of structure of chiral molecules, in solutions as well as in the solid state.
Prof. Max Diem from the Northeastern University in Boston (USA) gave a lecture "Infrared Micro-spectroscopy of Human Cells and Tissues: Diagnostic and Prognostic Applications" on October 19th.
- In September Kamila has spent 3 weeks in the group of prof. Peter Gardner in Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), University of Manchester, Manchester (UK). The purpose of this internship was to study the changes in the biochemical composition of various types of liver cells isolated from a dietary murine model of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver using FT-IR imaging with the high magnification system (providing an improvement in spatial resolution). Kamila also worked on the application of advanced chemometric tools to analyze the results.
- Kasia Majzner was awarded a START 2015 stipend for young scientists by the Foundation for Polish Science.
Prof. Klaus Gerwert from the Ruhr-University in Bochum (Germany) gave a lecture ,,Time-resolved FTIR of proteins and vibrational imaging of cells and tissue” on September 28th.
- Krzysztof, Jakub and Grzegorz got the prizes for the best poster presentations at the 23rd Krakow Conference on Endothelium, VI JCET Seminar (Wierchomla Mala 11-14.06.2015).
Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki from the Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan) gave a lecture "Tip-enhanced Raman Scattering-Principle and Applications” on May, 28th.
On May 26th, a guest of ZOR was Prof. Sebastian Schluecker from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Prof. Schluecker gave a lecture "Surface-Enhanced Vibrational Spectroscopy and Imaging with Tailor-Made Plasmonic Nanoparticles: Applications in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Tissue-Based Cancer Diagnosis".
- From 13th to 16th April Agnieszka held a brief internship at the Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena (Germany). The aim of her stay was to gain experience in Raman imaging in vivo.
- Marlena spent 10 days at INFN-LNF Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Frascati, Italy), working at the project "Studying a role of the skin sodium accumulation in mineralocorticoidinduced hypertension". Her visit to Frascati allowed her to broaden her knowledge in field of IR spectroscopic imaging of tissues.
Kasia Marzec, Ania, Małgosia and other co-authors have won WITec's Paper Award 2015 with the publication „High-resolution Raman imaging reveals spatial location of heme oxidation sites in single red blood cells of dried smears“. Under more than 80 transmittals WITec's jury draw our paper as being the most interesting, innovative and comprehensing one including results and images with a WITec microscope system.
- Marta spent 4 weeks, working in Institute of Physiology II, in Universität Munster. The theme of her project was: “The application of atomic force microscopy to evaluate the difference in cellular stiffness of endothelium”. During internship, she was working with vascular endothelium from control and atherosclerotic mice.
- Krzysztof spent one month at FOCAS Research Institute (Dublin Institute of Technology) in the group of Prof. Hugh Byrne. Krzysztof gained great experience of biological cell culture, preparation of biological samples and usage of Raman and confocal laser scanning microscopy for profiling of in vitro cells.
- Grzegorz was on a one month internship in the Prague at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in the group of Prof. Petr Bouř, and at the Institute of Physics, Charles University in the group of Prof. Vladimir Baumruk. During the stay Grzegorz was learning an application of chiroptical methods (ROA and VCD) and quantum chemical calculations in the study of structure and conformer equilibria of chiral molecules, by the example of Ala-Ala dipeptide enantiomers.
- 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. More information can be found here: www2.chemia.uj.edu.pl/zor/seminariumNANO2014.
- 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. More information is available at: www.spec2014.com
- 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).
- Krakow Scientific Consortium "Matter - Energy - Future" which includes the Department of Chemistry, founded special scholarships for four of our graduate students (Kamila, Kasia, Marta and Tomek) and a MSc student (Krzysztof).
Agnieszka, Gosia, Kamila and Marta presented some recent results of their research on XIIth International Conference on Molecular Spectroscopy held from 8-12 September in Bialka Tatrzanska. The special guest of the conference was Sir Harold Kroto, the Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry (1996) for his discovery of fullerenes.
Agnieszka, Malgosia and Kamilla attended 7th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS) held in Kobe (Japan) from 25-30 July.
The marital status of three group members: Kasia, Emilka and Tomek has changed. Our team could not miss all these happy moments!
- Tomek has recieved the Coblentz Student Award (www.coblentz.org/awards/coblentz-student-awards) for scientific achievements. Three of the best students who received this scholarship were nominated for the William G. Fataley award (www.coblentz.org/awards/william-g-fateley-student-award) that was also granted to Tomek. Congratulations!
- We are pleased to announce that the project MAESTRO 4 "Multiparameter imaging cells using vibrational spectroscopy, AFM and SNOM: analysis of biochemical changes in individual endothelial cells caused by stress, pathology and drug therapy" submitted to the National Science Centre by Malgosia was accepted. The project received funding of 2 224 400 PLN.
- On 28.06 ZOR and his friends from Australia - Bayden Wood, Philip Heraud and Tony Eden - met at a barbecue organized by Malgosia.
- We organized the fourth ZOR seminar "Seminar on vibrational Biospectroscopy and Imaging - Modern Techniques of Raman and IR imaging with chemometrics analysis" (19-21.06, Krakow). More information is available at: www2.chemia.uj.edu.pl/zor/seminar2013
- Professor Hugh Byrne, the Head of Focas Research Institute in Dublin, was a guest of ZOR from 13-19.05. Prof. Byrne actively participated in ZOR seminars and gave a lecture entitled "Biomedical Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy - Disease Diagnostics and Beyond".
- Ania, Kamilla, Kamila, Kasia Majzner, Marta and Ola received funding from Human Capital Operational Programme Sub-4.1.1. "Society - Technology - Environment" for the foreign internships.
- Ambassador Jean Dunn met with Kasia Marzec, who is one of the applicants selected as a Go8 European Fellow in 2013. The Group of Eight (Go8) is a group of leading Australian universities. Kasia will travel to Melbourne in August at the invitation of the Monash University and will conduct research on the uptake of the carbon oxide by cells and tissues using Raman and FTIR imaging spectroscopy.
- 23.01.2013 The guest of ZOR-Institute of Photonics WFAiIS UJ seminars was Michał Grabiec. The topic of the lecture was „Mie scattering - corrections of IR spectra".
- We are pleased to announce that the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) received GLP certification and was included in the list of certified research units.
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- From 11th till 16th of November 2012, Malgosia, Agnieszka, Kamilla and Kasia took part in the international conference "SPEC 2012 - Shedding New Light on Disease," which was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We are pleased to announce that the next SPEC conference in 2014, will be organized by us in Krakow. The co-organizers of the conference are also Prof. Anna Sułkowska (Silesian Medical University) and Prof. Hugh Byrne (The Focas Research Institute, Ireland).
- Tomek received the scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in the academic year 2012/2013. Tomek was in the group of only 99 graduate students who got this distinction.
- The second ZOR seminar in cooperation with Institiute of Photonics, Department of Phisycs, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science was held on December, 12th. The lecture entitled "Some problems of plasmonics" was given by Agata Mendys from the Atomic Spectroscopy and Plasma Group.
- The first common seminar of ZOR and the Institiute of Photonics, Department of Phisycs, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science was organized on 21st November. The modern optics problems were presented by Barbara Wajnchold, an experimental physicist from the Group of Quantum and Nonlinear Optics led by prof. Wojciech Gawlik.
- The third Interdisciplinary Seminar of the JCET was held on 5th-7th December 2012 in Zgorzelisko. As the part of the seminar, the participants presented the research results of the project: “The vascular endothelium in diseases of civilization: the cognitive research to offer innovative drug endothelial activity”.
- On 21 July Kasia started an internship in FOCAS Institute in Dublin under supervision of prof. Hugh Byrne and dr. Franck Bonnier. During the 3-weeks internship Kasia was learning about cell culturing, preparations of cells for Raman and infrared spectroscopic measurements as well as spectroscopic data analysis using advanced chemometric techniques.
- The annual seminar of ZOR was held on June 20-22. This year the seminar was entitled "Modern techniques of Raman spectroscopy: mapping and optical activity (ROA)". In addition to various lectures devoted to application of Raman spectroscopy in the analysis of biological material, participants were able to take part in workshops and use our modern equipment. Seminar was sponsored by Bruker, Biotools and Witec.
- Agnieszka's MSc student, Marta Pilarczyk, was awarded the best oral presentation of the MSc thesis by Polish Society of Chemistry during the students' conference "Gielda Prac Dyplomowych Gotowi Do Pracy". The main award for the poster in this conference was given to Krzysztof Czamara, our future MSc student.
- Prof. Rohit Bhargava from the University of Illinois (U.S.) visited ZOR from May 16-19. Prof. Bhargava is a specialist in tissue imaging using infrared spectroscopy. Another guest of our lab was Dr. Archna Sharma from the Laboratory for Molecular Cryospectroscopy and Biospectroscopy, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She stayed till June 23.
- Malgosia was invited to join the Editorial Board of several journals: Spectroscopy: An International Journal (IF: 0.93), Journal of Chemistry (IF: 0.72), Biomedical Spectroscopy & Imaging (IOS), Pure and Applied Chemical Sciences (Hikari Ltd).
- Tomek was awarded a scholarship from the Doctus Programme granted by Małopolskie Centrum Przedsiębiorczości for PhD students.
- In the semi-final of the Polish edition of Famelab Tomek qualified to the final round as one of ten finalists. The final will take place on the 19th of May 2012. Organizers of the competition are British Council Poland and Copernicus Science Centre
In January 2012, Kamilla and Ola started internships financed by the project "Society - Environment - Technology" within the Human Capital Operational Programme of the European Commission. Kamilla learned the applications of multivariate data analysis for cancer diagnosis in the Centre For Biospectroscopy in Melbourne under supervision of dr. Bayden Wood. Ola was introduced to the advanced aspects of SERS spectroscopy, mainly focusing on the preparation of SERS labels, in the group of Professor Jaubeum Choo in the Department of Bionanoengineering at the Hanyang University in Ansan, South Korea.
- On December 8th, 2012 it was an opening of JECT laboratories. Prof. Karol Musioł, the Rector of the Jagiellonian University, was one of the numerous invited guests of the ceremony.
- In October Mina Shaheed from the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, stayed with us for a few days. Mina became acquainted with the methods of IR and Raman imaging of plants (poplar leafs, Populus).
- 3 October - Kasia Mazjner got a scholarship in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. studies "Molecular Sciences for Medicine" (MOL-MED). Studies were implemented under the Operational Program Human Capital with Sub-measure 4.1.1. "Strengthening the teaching potential of universities", co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.
- 30 September – Tomek got a scholarship in the interdisciplinary PhD programme „Society – Environment – Technology”. This project was a part of Human Capital Programme and was financed from Sub-measure 4.1.1.
- Since 23 September Josu Gotzon Trebolazabala Domingo continued his internship in our laboratory. Josu, originally from group of prof. Juan Manuel Madariaga Mota (Analitycal Chemistry Department, the University of the Basque Country), visited us again for two months.
- Professor Rui Fausto from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) was a guest of ZOR. During his stay in Krakow, Prof. Fausto gave a lecture entitled "Light Induced Reactions in Cryogenic Matrices".
- Ania defended with distinction her PhD thesis entitled: "From a plant to a textile. The spectroscopic analysis of natural dyes". It was the first doctoral thesis accomplished in the Raman Imaging Group.
One out of three prizes for the best poster on the 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, that was held in Turkey this year, was awarded by Maxleene. The awarded poster was entitled Application of vibrational spectroscopy in the quality assessment of Buchu oil obtained from two commercially important Agathosma species (Rutaceae); (by Sandasi M, Kamatou GPP, Baranska M, Viljoen AM).
- In the framework of the co-operation with Prof. Rui Fausto, in August 2011 Agnieszka visited University of Coimbra (Portugal) and studied isomerization of model terpenoids in low temperature gas matrices.
- Kasia Marzec was awarded the prize for the best PhD thesis using Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet AGH resources. Kasia’s PhD was entitled: Vibrational spectroscopic study of molecular structures of some monoterpenes with the application of quantum-chemical methods.
- In July 2011, Ulises Lopez Gonzalez from the Unidad Académica de Física at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico) stayed with us for the two-week internship. During his stay Ulises applied Raman mapping to study dental biofilm produced by the bacteria Enterococcus faecalis.
- Kasia M. visited the Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory and the group of Prof. Rohit Bhargava at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kasia learned preparation of biological samples and various imaging techniques.
- On 29th of June Tomek started a 5-week internship in FOCAS Institute in Dublin under supervision of Prof. Hugh Byrne and Dr. Franck Bonnier. Tomek learned the protocols of cell cultures' handling and growing in a collagen matrix as well as preparatics of cells for Raman and infrared spectroscopic measurements.
- Josu Gotzon Trebolazabala Domingo started a training in our group on 10th June 2011. Josu was a PhD student from the group of prof. Juan Manuel Madariaga Mota from the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of the Basque Country and was interested in IR and Raman imaging of carotenoids in tomatoes. He stayed with us untill the end of July.
- 15 June, Katarzyna M. was chosen the head of the Raman Spectroscopy Laboratory by the Scientific Council of JCET.
- 18 May, Malgosia was nominated by the Rector of the Jagiellonian University as the member of the Scientific Council of JCET.
- 14 May, The Second Seminar of Raman Imaging Group took place in Tenczynek. Beside long conversations about science, participants also found time for relaxing walks and sport.
- Ania completed two research internship recently – in Prof. Silvii Bruni's group (21.11.10 – 3.12.2010, Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica e Analitica, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Mediolan, Włochy) and in Prof. Petera Vandenabeele's group (10.01.11 – 21.01.11, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgia, Department of archaeology). She investigated plant natural pigments using vibrational spectroscopy methods.
- Maciek was awarded a scholarship from the Doctus Programme granted by Małopolskie Centrum Przedsiębiorczości for PhD students, whose research results can be applied by companies from Małopolska region to improve their competitiveness and economic development.
- Malgosia and Agnieszka were coordinators of the session Chemistry, Analysis, Chemical Synthesis, and Industrial Production of Carotenoids during 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids that will be held in Krakow, Poland, on 17-22 July 2011.
- Spring Seminar of Raman Imaging Group took place in Zakopane (26-27 May). Apart from conducting exciting scientific discussions, the group undertook other activities such as climbing the heights of Tatras and relaxing in undisturbed peace of surrounding mountains. A photographic documentation of the seminar is given below
- We organized Seminar 2010 Modern Techniques of Infrared and Raman Imaging. The seminar featured lectures covering above mentioned topics and instruments exhibit, including presentation of the Bruker IR spectrometer Alpha.
- Kasia got a scholarship from the British-Polish Young Scientist Programme (Structural characterization of selected components of pine, pichtae and blackcurrant essential olis by Raman optical activity studies and DFT calculations) and went for a month to Manchester. Maciek obtained a two-months stipend from the HPC-Europa2 program (Determination of the absolute configuration of chiral molecules using VCD: application of the robustness concept) and left for Amsterdam in June.
- Professor Alvaro Viljoen (http:/www.alvaroviljoen.com/) and some members of his group visited us in winter 2010. Maxleene, Ilze and Emmanuel done measurements on medicinal South African plants. Malgosia was a co-supervisor of Maxleene Sandasi's PhD project devoted to application of vibrational spectroscopy in the quality control of selected aromatic plants. Maxleene stayed with us untill 19th of February.
- The Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports invited a member of our group as an expert to act as evaluator for the project proposal submitted to the Call for Proposals of the UKF's Research Cooperability Program on the 8th February 2010.
- A member of our group was invited to be an expert of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission on the 29th January 2010.
- The Jagiellonian Center of Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) was founded by the Senate of UJ on the 16th December.
- The Raman Imaging Group was founded by the Faculty of Chemistry UJ Council on the 3rd December.