>Prof. Malgorzata Baranska
baranska@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 2253; room 158
Małgorzata Barańska is associated with the Faculty of Chemistry UJ since her chemical studies. At this faculty Małgosia got her MSc degree (Studies of methan oxidation on the Pd/SiO2 catalyst, 1992), PhD degree (Studies of molecular structures of cimetidine and famotidine and their complexes with metal ions by means of spectroscopic techniques, 1999) and DSc degree (Application of Raman mapping to in situ analysis of bioactive compounds, 2007).
In her work Małgosia focuses on research of bioactive compounds by means of spectroscopic methods, particularly modern Raman techniques. The scientific projects that she realizes are concerned with analysis of secondary metabolites of plants that have applications as drugs, pigments or spices. Recently, Małgosia is also particularly interested in research of pigments and natural dyes used in conservation. The very new direction of her research is related to development and curing lifestyle diseases, specifically finding new drugs of endothelium bioactivity. These research will be realized as a part of newly-opened Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), of which she is a member.
Dr. habil. Agnieszka Kaczor
kaczor@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 2064; room 158
Agnieszka Kaczor is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Chemistry UJ. She graduated with the PhD from the Jagiellonian University in 2003 (Studies of molecular structures of some hydroxamic acids and their complexes with metal ions by spectroscopic methods) and in 2013 she obtained the DSc degree from the University of Warsaw (Spectroscopic study of monomeric structures of chosen groups of compounds isolated in low-temperature matrices – structural and photochemical aspects). The scientific interests of Agnieszka concentrate on application of vibrational spectroscopy and multi-technique imaging to study of biological samples. Recently, she focuses on research in the microscale using Raman, AFM and SNOM imaging as well as application of Raman Optical Activity (ROA) to study biologically active compounds.
Dr. habil. Kamilla Małek
malek@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 2064; room 158
Scientific interests of Kamilla started with modeling of absorption properties of molecular crystals in the Theoretical Chemistry Group. Kamilla has been continuing research on the border of theory and experiment in the field of vibrational spectroscopy since doctoral studies. She obtained her PhD degree in 2003 for the dissertation entitled “Application of molecular spectroscopy methods to determine structures of oximes and their complexes with Ni(II) and Cu(II) ions”. Her research concentrates nowadays on studying of bio/medically important molecules with the surface of Ag and Au (SERS), and Raman mapping along with infrared imaging of biological material and wall painting.
Dr. Katarzyna Maria Marzec
Katarzyna M. Marzec received her BSc (2004), MSc (2006) and PhD degrees (with honors, 2010) at the Faculty of Chemistry at Jagiellonian University, Poland. After her PhD thesis defense (Structural studies of selected monoterpinenes by means of vibrational spectroscopy and quantum-chemical calculations), she joined the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET) as a postgraduate researcher. In 2013 she received a Go8 fellowship to Monash University, Australia. She then received a Kosciuszko Fellowship to conduct research in 2014 at the University of Illinois, USA. Her research is concerned with vibrational spectroscopy of tissues, cells and biomolecules. In her work at JCET she is particularly focused on spectroscopic biomarkers of lifestyle diseases in altered tissues, investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy.
Dr. Anna (Baran) Ryguła
barana@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 2064; room 158
Anna Rygula was born in Krakow. Ania obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Physics Group UJ in 2006 for the dissertation entitled “From the plant to fabric. Spectroscopic analysis of natural dyes” (supervisor: Prof. dr. habil. Małgorzata Barańska). Her research is concentrated on application of atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) and Raman imaging techniques for analysis of biological samples. Recent research is related to biomedical application of imaging techniques applied in physiological conditions.
Dr. Katarzyna Majzner
majzner@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 2064; room 158
Katarzyna Majzner graduated with MSc in 2011 (the work entitled “Analysis of secondary structure of protein in tissues using FTIR spectroscopy”) and started PhD studies in the area of vibrational spectroscopy. Since October 2011she has carried out the MOL-MED Project (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Studies "Molecular Sciences for Medicine", acting in concert with the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University and Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College). The topic of Kasia’s Ph.D. thesis will be: “Searching of markers for the development of oxidative stress in tissues using vibrational spectroscopy” (main supervisor: dr hab. Małgorzata Barańska, Faculty of Chemistry UJ, assistant supervisor: prof. dr hab. Stefan Chlopicki, Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University CM).
MSc. Emilia Staniszewska-Ślęzak
stanisze@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Emilia Staniszewska graduated with MSc in 2011. In her thesis she dealt with the identification of pigments and products of their degradation in the layers of paint. Research were carried out using IR imaging and Raman scattering spectroscopy techniques. The preformed work was an inspiration for the preparation of a spectra database of dyes standards used in painting. Emilka full of energy and engagement in her job, started PhD studies in the area of vibrational spectroscopy. In the PhD studies she will be focus on animal tissues imaging, especially cancerous tissues.
MSc. Eng. Marta Z. Pacia
paciam@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Marta received her Master's degree in 2012 from the Faculty of Chemistry UJ with her master thesis: “Polymorphism of model triglycerides: infrared absorption and Raman study”. This work allowed her to learn the methods of vibrational spectroscopy used currently in the doctoral program. Marta’s doctorate theme focuses on the application Raman imaging combined with atomic force microscopy (AFM) to observe biochemical changes in the vascular endothelium. The main samples are murine aorta in the mice models of lifestyle diseases: diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
MSc. Krzysztof Czamara
czamara@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Krzysztof received his Master of Science degree in 2013 (the Master’s thesis title “A study of calcium salt deposits in dysfunctional human valves”). In his research he applied Raman microimaging technique in combination with chemometric analysis in order to study distribution and chemical structure of inorganic salts in tissue of stenotic human valves. The work was an inspiration to continue his education in PhD studies in the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The doctoral thesis will be based on Raman imaging combined with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in analysis of biochemical changes in stimulated single endothelium cells.
MSc. Ewelina Wiercigroch
ewelina.wiercigroch@uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Ewelina graduated with MSc in 2014 from the Faculty of Chemistry UJ. In her master`s thesis she focused on evaluation of capacity of FTIR microspectroscopy in the diagnosis of civilisation diseases caused by environmental factors (diabetes and breast cancer with metastasis to lungs). This included the determination of overall biochemical changes and the identification of spectral markers indicating disease. After graduating, she join the team where she continue research on IR spectroscopy and start exploring issue related with Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).
MSc. Jakub Dybaś
Jakub graduated with MSc in 2014. In his master thesis he focused on interaction between nitric oxide and isolated, human erythrocytes, and in particular on determination of the spin and the oxidation state of iron in nitric oxide-haemoglobin adducts by using biochemical and spectroscopic methods with emphasis on Resonance Raman spectroscopy. The work was an inspiration to further exploration of influence and dependence of nitric oxide on erythrocytes and endothelium on PhD studies.
MSc. Grzegorz Zając
zajac@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Grzegorz received his MSc degree in 2014 from the Faculty of Chemistry UJ. The aim of the master's thesis entitled: "Structure, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry of astaxanthin" was to study the optical activity of enantiomers of astaxanthin using resonance ROA spectroscopy. As part of the work Grzegorz did a number of theoretical calculations of ROA spectra, and chromatographic separation of the enantiomers of astaxanthin. His doctoral thesis will involve research of bioactive compounds including xanthophylls using chiroptical methods, especially Raman optical activity.
MSc. Monika Dudek
monikaa.dudek@uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Monika graduated in 2015 from the Jagiellonian University. Her master’s thesis has been focused on the evaluation of FT-IR microspectroscopy in the range of diagnostics and monitoring of cardiovascular diseases as atherosclerosis. The aim of the study was to estimate the therapeutic effect of pravastatin on the biochemical profile of atherosclerotic plaque according to animal models of disease. After the graduation, Monika has become a member of the team where she has the possibility to continue with her interests as a PhD student. The main field of the PhD thesis concerns studies on biologically active compounds with the use of Raman optical activity.
MSc. Karolina Chrabąszcz
karolina.chrabaszcz@uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Karolina defended her master's degree in 2015 at the Faculty of Chemistry. In her work she has focused on the use of Raman and IR analysis of the distribution of retinoids and changes in biochemical profile in lung tumor tissues. After graduation Karolina joined the team in order to further pursue the investigation on application of vibrational spectroscopy imaging of tissues and cells of animal origin. She is one of the performers Sonata grant.
MSc. Ewelina Szafraniec
ewelina.szafraniec@uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
The interest in spectroscopic techniques encouraged Ewelina to undertake research in Raman Imaging Group during her master studies. She graduated with MSc in 2015 (the work entitled “Studies of toxic impact of anthracycline antibiotics on nucleus of vascular endothelial cells with Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy”) and started PhD studies in the area of vibrational spectroscopy.

Former members

MSc. Kamila Kochan
kochan@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Kamila graduated in 2012. In her master’s thesis she focused on the use of infrared absorption spectroscopy imaging of individual endothelial cells, as well as on application of chemometric methods for the results analysis. Fascination with vibrational spectroscopy led her to start doctoral studies in this area. The subject of her research interests is the use of modern spectroscopic techniques (i.a. FT - IR imaging and Raman mapping) to study biological materials, with particular emphasis on cells and animal tissues. These topics will be further explored during her doctoral studies.
Dr. Eng. Katarzyna Bułat
katarzyna.bulat@uj.edu.pl, 12 663 2064
Katarzyna Bułat graduated from the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. At this faculty Kasia received her MSc degree (2008) and PhD degree in chemistry (2013). The aim of both her master's thesis and doctoral dissertation concerned the structural studies of bioactive phospho-silicate glasses and glass-crystalline materials, based on vibrational spectroscopy techniques. Recently, Kasia focuses on imaging of endothelial cells in the nano-scale, using the scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) methods.
Dr.Eng. Marlena Gąsior-Głogowska
marlena.gasior-glogowska@uj.edu.pl, 12 663 2064
Marlena graduated from The Chemistry Department, Wrocław University of Technology with a Master of Science degree in biotechnology (speciality: surfactants and dispersed systems). In 2013, Marlena earned a PhD degree in chemistry. The aim of her dissertation was application of Raman spectroscopy in the study of mechanical properties of soft tissues. The research interests of Marlena focus on vibrational spectroscopy techniques and its application in medicine and biomedical engineering.
Dr. Aleksandra Jaworska
jaworska@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
During her math-science studies Ola focused on chemistry with the specialization in forensic chemistry. Her master thesis ("Development of methods for the analysis of tricyclic antidepressants using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)") on the borderline of toxicology and spectroscopy made her interested in SERS technique that she develops nowadays during her PhD studies, also because she is one of the few people having sufficiently large patience and confidence in this methodology. She is also an employee of a new unit of the Jagiellonian University - JCET (Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics), where she will continue the exploration of modern Raman techniques with particular emphasis on SERS.
Dr. Abu Ayoobul Ansary Mohamed
Mohamed is a Visiting Research Associate at the Faculty of Chemistry. He worked for his PhD at the National Chemical Laboratory and earned his PhD from University of Pune, India. His doctoral research was focussed on the eco-friendly syntheses of metal sulphide and CdSe quantum dots using enzymes purified from fungus. He also studied the influence of different synthetic peptides on the morphologies of metal sulphide and CdSe quantum dots. Currently, he is working on the development of nanoparticles based SERS imaging probes to study the localization of pathologically relevant biomolecules expressed on the surface of endothelial cells.
Dr. Katarzyna Chruszcz-Lipska
lipska@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 126 645 482
Katarzyna Chruszcz-Lipska is a postgraduate researcher in the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET). She got her MSc degree and the PhD title (in 2005, Study of structures of phosphonic compounds by means of spectroscopic methods) at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Jagiellonian University. Kasia concentrates on research of bioactive compounds and her experimental studies are complemented by quantum-chemistry computational methods. Nowadays, Kasia is interested in Raman optical activity technique.She developes also her knowledge in the area of modern Raman techniques (2D correlation analysis, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and Raman mapping).
Dr. Maciej Roman
roman@chemia.uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Maciej Roman graduated with MSc in 2009 (the work entitled Structural and spectroscopic studies of a derivative of antraquinone by means of quantum-chemical methods) and started PhD studies in the area of vibrational spectroscopy. Since October 2010 he has carried out the International PhD-studies programme project entitled Analysis of plant secondary metabolites. His research concentrates on spectroscopic studies (vibrational spectroscopy) and quantum-chemical calculations to identify, describe properties, and determine distribution of the most important seconadary metabolites, i.e. polyacetylenes, carotenoids, and alkaloids, in biological materials and related products with beneficial effects on human health. Maciek investigates the influence of variuos factors (stress, pH, temperature, storage) on the content of studied compounds as well.
Dr. Tomasz P. Wróbel
tomek.wrobel@uj.edu.pl, +48 12 663 5603
Tomek graduated from an Erasmus Mundus program "Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry" and received a double-degree diploma of Krakow-Lille in 2010. He stayed for one year in Lille studying and doing an internship in Proteomics team. Tomek is also employed in a newly created Jagiellonian Centre of Experimental Therapeutics. The topic of his master thesis ("Atherosclerotic plaques imaging by means of FT-IR spectroscopy") and his PhD studies is animal tissue imaging, with biggest interest in endothelium, which dysfunction is involved in western-world diseases like atherosclerosis or diabetes. Tomek is interested in all spectroscopic techniques with special focus on vibrational spectroscopy and imaging. He is also very keen on chemometrics and molecular modeling, which both techniques are important in tissue images analysis.
MSc. Eng. Wojciech Czernicki
Wojtek Czernicki graduated from the Inter-Faculty Study of Biotechnology at the University of Agriculture in Krakow. He also graduated from Forestry at the University of Agriculture in Krakow and he did postgraduate studies in Computer Science and Management at the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow. At present he works as a technologist in a pharmaceutical company. In his research Wojtek concentrates on polymorphic active ingredients used for medicines manufacturing. He uses both spectroscopic techniques (including Raman 2D mapping) and quantum-chemical calculations. Identification of active ingredients, defining their distribution and structural studies allow him investigating transformations of a pharmaceutical product during technological processing.