Institute

Dr Błażej Ślązak

Assistant Professor

Unit
Functional and Evolutionary Ecology Group
E‑mail
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Phone
+4812‑4241‑742
Address
Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland
Room
B‑315

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Research interests

  • Chemical Ecology, plant biochemistry, pharmacognosy.
  • Plant defence mechanisms.
  • Plant defence peptides.
  • Plant in vitro cultures.
  • Ex situ biodiversity protection – propagation of rare species producing valuable medicinal compounds.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (2008).
  • Specialist in pharmacoeconomics at the Arcana Institute LTD, A Certara Company (2010–2013).
  • PhD degree at the Jagiellonian University (2014).
  • Assistant Professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2015).

International experience

  • Sweden (2013) – 3-month research stay financed by the Ahlquist Foundation grant for research exchange, the Jagiellonian University Statutory Fund, and Erasmus Practice Program; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2015) – 2-month research stay financed by Ahlquist Foundation grants for research exchange; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2015) – 1 month research stay financed by the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (grant "Young Scientists"), and the Jagiellonian University Statutory Fund; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2015) – 16-day training "Soft skills and entrepreneurship" financed by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education (Poland); Lund University.
  • Sweden (2016, 2017) – 6-month post-doc financed by the Tryggers Foundation; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2019) – 1-month research stay financed by the Ahlquist Foundation grant for research exchange; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2018) – 4-month research stay financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), MINIATURA grant; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2019) – 2-week research stay financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), SONATA grant; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2019) – 2-week research stay financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), SONATA grant; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University
  • Spain, Canary Islands (2019) – 2-week research expedition financed by the Regnells Foundation travel grant; Las Palmas University.
  • Sweden (2019) – 4-month research stay financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), SONATA grant; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.
  • Sweden (2020) – 1.5-month research stay financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), SONATA grant, and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management grant; Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University.

Research projects

  • Cyclotides – cyclic plant polypeptides – metabolism in the plant and the environment and role in defense mechanisms (2015); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • The role of cyclotides produced by violets (Violaceae) in interactions with plant pests: spider mites and aphids (2017); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Cyclotides – cyclic plant polypeptides in defense mechanisms against pathogenic fungi (2017–2018); grant no. 2017/01/X/NZ8/00606; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.
  • Violets and pansies from Canary Islands – studying cyclotides in endemic species/local varieties and the influence of environmental conditions on their expression patterns (2018); Regnells Foundation grant (Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University) – project leader.
  • How does sweet violet (Viola odorata L.) fight pathogens and pests – are cyclotides a type of plant immune system? (2018–2021); grant no. 2017/26/D/NZ8/00658; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.
  • BIAS I: Biomarker discovery of invasive alien species I (2019–2020); Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management research grant – collaborator.

Recent publications (selected)

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