Adam Cenian, Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery PAS, Poland

Paweł Wierzba, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

Rafał Urniaż, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr Paweł Wierzba, E.E. graduated from the Faculty of Electronics at the Gdańsk University of Technology in 1994. He has cooperated with universities in Oulu (Finland) and in Karlsruhe (Germany) on a host of topics in optoelectronics, in particular on optical fiber sensors for Weigh in Motion of road vehicles. In 2001 he received a Ph. D. in optoelectronics from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at the Gdańsk University of Technology. Following, he was awarded a post-doc scholarship of the Finnish Academy at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Oulu, Finland), where he worked on optical-fiber hydroacustic sensors.

His research interests cover optical and fiberoptic measurement methods, the technology of selected ceramic and liquid crystalline materials, characterization and application of thermal detectors. At present, the main areas of his research are polarization interferometry and microscopy as well as applications of liquid crystalline materials in these fields.

Dr Paweł Wierzba is an author or co-author of about 50 papers, and a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as Sensors, Sensors and Actuators A. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, swimming and reading.


Dr Rafał Urniaż, Bioinformatician and Life Scientist by training with strong scientific programming skills and practical laboratory background, with a wide range of international research experience from UC Berkeley, USA, University of Cambridge, UK and University of Trieste, Italy. His work bridges the computational and mathematical approaches with strong experimental evidence what's allowed to gain from both, wet and dry lab perspective. His doctorate led to the design and patenting a novel class of drugs to treat Alzheimer?s disease. His work has gained several international awards including the Tony B. Academic Award USA, German Chemical Society and European Bioinformatics Institute. Since 2015 affiliated to University of Cambridge, the UK by Career Development Program and principal researcher position at Department of Medicine.Director and co-founder of the BioTesseract Ltd. Cambridge Bioinformatics Solutions a bioinformatics and life science advisory service based in Cambridge, UK.


Vitezslav Stranak received a Ph.D. from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic in 2007. Afterwards he was a postdoctoral fellow in Greifswald (Germany) oriented on low-temperature plasma diagnostics and deposition of thin film. Since 2013 he is with University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic as associated professor performing applied research of thin nanostructured and functional thin films.


Krzysztof Górecki, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland

Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Poland

Wojciech Gawlik, Jaggiellonian University in Kraków, Poland

Przemek Struk, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Roman Viter, University of Latvia, Latvia

Dawid Jankowski, Baltic Institute of Technology, Poland

My research is in electrochemistry in hydrodynamically driven systems and using these systems to study ion transfer between immiscible liquids, enzyme reactions but also for fundamental studies of the systems themselves. This includes microfluidic systems, rotating disc electrodes and similar. Recently I have also started a project to merge electrochemistry with electrowetting on dielectrics (EWOD).


List of academic achievements
1999. BSc degree in physics; Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, Odessa, Ukraine
2000. MSc degree in physics; Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, Odessa, Ukraine
2011. PhD degree in physics: "Adsorption properties of nanocrystalline tin oxide films for optical fiber chemical sensors" Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, Odessa, Ukraine 
2012-2014. Visiting researcher (Post-doc) in the Association FOTONIKA-LV at the University of Latvia.
Since April 2014. Leading researcher at the University of Latvia, Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy
Main scientific interests: nanotechnology, fabrication and characterization of novel photonic nanomaterials, functional surface coatings, optical sensors and biosensors, preparation and management of EU funded projects. Dr. Viter has published 50 research papers and conference proceedings (Scopus), participated in 7 EU funded projects. H-index 15, more than 10 invited presentations.

Wojciech Gawlik, made his PhD in the Heidelberg University (Germany) and Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland). Later he established a research group and worked as a postdoc and visiting the professor in many places cooperating with renowned scientists. 

Particularly intense was his cooperation with Prof. Budker form UC Berkeley (USA) which resulted in the creation of the joint Krakow-Berkeley Atomic Physics and Photonics Laboratory in Krakow which for more than 10 years provides a very efficient platform for a bilateral scientific exchange of student and faculty.

His research field encompasses atomic physics, laser spectroscopy, magneto-optics, optical cooling and trapping, cold-atom physics, quantum optics, photonics, and research on novel photonic materials, such as colour centres in diamond.

Prof. Gawlik supervised over 20 PhD theses and more than 50 M.Sc. students.


Dawid Jankowski (b.1979) received his MSc and PhD in Physics from University of Gdansk, Poland. After PhD he collected experience in high-pressure spectroscopy of semiconductor materials in the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw. Presently he has position of research adjunct in the Baltic Institute of Technology Gdynia, Poland. His current research focuses on applying highly directional and polarized emission light from molecules located very close to the plasmonic structures to ultrasensitive sensor elements. 

Przemyslaw Struk received the Engineering degree from Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Silesian University of Technology in 2005, Poland . He received  the M.Sc degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree with honors in electronics discipline in 2012 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland.

He worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Institute FEMTO-ST (MOEMS Group) / University of Franche–Comté , Besancon , France in period of time: 1.07.2013-31.08.2015 and 1-30.09.2016. Currently he is employ as a adjunct in Department of Optoelectronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice , Poland .

His current scientific interest is focused on the development of: photonic structures and integrated optics for sensors applications as well as micro-optics and interferometric circuit based on MOEMS technology for Optical Coherence Tomography for biomedical applications. He provide also numerical analysis of the mentioned above optical circuit with use of Finite Difference Time Domain method (FDTD), Beam Propagation Method (BPM) and by COMSOL software.  His scientific interest are also focused on development of optoelectronics sensors in particular gas sensors based on wide band gap oxide semiconductors materials such as: ZnO and TiO2. In addition he provide research of physical properties (surface topography, crystalline structure and chemical composition) of mentioned above semiconductor materials by atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectrometry and spectrophotometry methods.

Viteszlav Stranak, niversity of South Bohemia, Czech Republik

Michał Wąsowicz, Warsaw University of Life Science, Poland

To study at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw Agricultural University was for me a matter of course. The first steps in the field of veterinary dentistry yet I put in during the course of study in the Multiwet Clinic volunteering in Warsaw (2001) and in the Department of Veterinary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw Agricultural University (2003). Then I met wonderful specialists, Dr. Marek Turos DVM and Dr. Katarzyna Jodkowska DVM, thanks to which I gained confidence that animal dentistry is what I want to sacrifice my life for. My scientific mentor became Dr. Jerzy Gawor, DVM, PhD, DAVDC, DEVDC, with whom I had a clinical internship at the Arka Clinic (2005).

After graduating (2006) I received a job offer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw at the Department of Comparative and Clinical Anatomy (Department of Morphological Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences). I have accepted the proposal in the meantime, working in numerous veterinary clinics and in the Department of Small Animals, SGGW in Warsaw. In 2011, I defended the title of specialist in the field of "Epizootiology and Veterinary Administration", while in 2014 I defended the title of doctor of veterinary science from my doctoral dissertation "Elements of clinical anatomy of the head of domestic short and long-haired cats. I am a member of the European Society of Veterinary Dentistry Society (EVDS) and the European Anatomy Veterinary Association (EAVA).

Veterinary dentistry is my passion, which started 16 years ago and continues to this day!!! As a doctor of veterinary science through prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases of pets, I am not only improving the smile but most of all the quality of health and life of four-legged friends. Currently, I work with several veterinary clinics in Warsaw and the surrounding area to reach as many people as possible. Scientific work is another passion. As an academic teacher, I transfer knowledge of animal anatomy to SGGW students. I constantly raise my qualifications in the field of veterinary dentistry as a participant in many pieces of training and courses for veterinary doctors and medical practitioners around the world and annual congresses organized by the "European Veterinary Dental Society”. Recently I am also a specialist in the field of veterinary surgery. I represent SGGW at international conferences, presenting the results of scientific research conducted jointly with the Gdańsk University of Technology. My dream is to make all animal owners aware of the importance of oral hygiene prophylaxis for the quality and lifespan of their faithful friends. Both works in veterinary dentistry as well as scientific research, as well as running channels in social media, are used to make this dream come true.


Katarzyna Komar received Master Degree in Technical Physics in 2001 from Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Gdańsk University of Technology. During 2001-2007 I was a research assistant in Department of Photophysics and Laser Techniques, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk and received a PhD degree in 2007. The subject of my doctoral thesis, as a whole research performed during that period, concerned laser-based spectroscopic techniques LIF and LIPS for diagnostics of historical paper objects. My investigations in the field of lasers for cultural heritage have been supported by two grants of State Committee of Scientific Research: for young researchers and for PhD students.  

In the period 2007-2011 I had a break in scientific activity associated with the birth and early age of my three great children: Kajetan, Ignacy and Małgosia. During this time we have also moved to my hometown Włocławek. I was a lecturer in College of Informatics Skills from Łódź and trying to find the position more closely related to science in Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

In 2011 I became a postdoc in the Optical Biomedical Imaging Group headed by prof. Maciej  Wojtkowski at Institute of Physics of Nicolaus Copernicus University. At the time I had begun to develop my knowledge about human eye and skills in the area of building optical systems for biomedical imaging. In 2012 in this group it was observed that short-pulsed infrared laser beams are perceived as visible with a colour corresponding to a half of applied wavelength. Further investigations of that phenomenon, in cooperation with prof. Krzysztof Palczewski from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA, and other research groups from Switzerland and Norway, revealed that observed perception of infrared radiation is caused by two-photon absorption occurring in human visual pigments at surprisingly low, allowed by safety standards, laser power. We have published these findings in PNAS journal in 2014 and the paper aroused the great interest – it is still in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric according to the PNAS website.  

The two-photon vision, as we called the phenomenon, became my main field of scientific interest. In the last three years, I made scientific stays and visits in several groups interested in studying of two-photon vision. I have built by myself, and have participated in the construction of five optical set-ups dedicated to the investigation of this new phenomenon. These set-ups are placed in Toruń, in Cleveland (USA) in the laboratory of prof. Palczewski, in Murcia (Spain) in the laboratory of prof. Pablo Artal, in the Department of Ophthalmology of University of Heidelberg (Germany) leaded by Prof. Auffarth, and in Baltic Institute of Technology in Gdynia. My investigations in Toruń are financed now by National Science Centre grant OPUS. I hope that in the coming years, we will characterize this newly discovered way of perceiving electromagnetic radiation by a human eye and also find the useful applications for it in medical diagnostics.


Katarzyna Komar, Nicolaus Copernicus Univeristy, Poland

Krzysztof Górecki received the M.Sc. degree, the Ph.D. degree (with honours) in electronic engineering from the Technical University of Gdańsk, Poland, the DSc degree in electronic engineering from the Technical University of Łódź, Poland .

Since 1990, he has been with the Department of Marine Electronics in Gdynia Maritime University . He is a Full Professor and Dean of Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Since 2006 he is IEEE Senior Member.

His research interests are in the areas of modelling, analysis and measurements of semiconductor devices and electronic circuits, particularly including thermal effects. He elaborated compact electrothermal models of power semiconductor devices, magnetic devices and integrated circuits used in switch-mode power supplies, compact electrothermal models of components of solid state lighting sources, new methods of measurements thermal parameters of semiconductor and magnetic devices, as well as the new methods of fast electrothermal analysis of dc-dc converters.


Dr. Soumik Siddhanta is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. His areas of interests include molecular imaging, vibrational spectroscopy, plasmonics, and biophotonics. He holds a BSc in Chemistry and MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science. His research has been directed towards the development of nanoscopic optical and plasmonic probes for label-free sensing of biomolecular interactions and for obtaining real-time biochemical information from cells and tissues using novel optical and spectroscopic techniques. The overarching aim is to harness the potent combination of the engineered plasmonic nanoprobes and label-free plasmon enhanced vibrational spectroscopy for diagnosis, imaging, manipulation and control of biological structure and function from the nanoscale to the tissue level. During his Ph.D. studies, he had worked on developing label-free methods to probe small molecule-protein interactions through surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. For the first time, SERS was employed to probe the interaction of protein-drug complex with plasmonic nanoparticles and predict the surface binding sites of the molecules, directly differentiating between competitive and non-competitive binding modes (PNAS, 2014). He has also developed plasmonic substrates with designed “hotposts” to achieve high reproducibility and sensitivity of the SERS signals for label-free enhancement of biomolecules. He is the recipient of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery Research Grant, 2016-'17 and is also a Hopkins Engineering Applications & Research Tutorials (HEART) program instructor and a Teaching As Research (TAR) Fellow at JHU. As a recipient of Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) Student Research Fellowship, he was a visiting scientist at Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University in Fall, 2014. He was also a member of the BASF European Talent Pool (ETP) and has won several national and international level paper and poster awards including “Walkway of Discovery”, Bangalore India Bio, 2010 and at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, Singapore, 2013. He serves as the reviewer for journals such as ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Scientific Reports, RSC Advances, Biomedical Optics Express etc. Due to the significant impact in the field of spectroscopy as well as in science and industry, his work has been published in a number of international journals (including 20 peer-reviewed to date and several in preparation) and has also featured in leading scientific media such as Nature India, Forbes India, Medical Xpress, etc.

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal, Underwater Photnics, USA

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal is the Lead Optical Scientist at Underwater Photonics, Inc. He obtained BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. He has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where he designed and built precision devices for optical micromanipulation. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Optical Society of America (OSA) and an OSA Ambassador. As part of his volunteer work, he is also an OSA Traveling lecturer and he regularly talks about professional development at research and educational institutions worldwide.


Soumik Siddhanta, Johns Hopkins Univeristy, USA



Dr. Kulka received his DVM from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and his MS in Biology from Warsaw University. He joined the faculty at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2013, where he is a lecturer in the Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostics Department. In 2015 Dr. Kulka received an award for excellence in clinical teaching. In 2017 after completing a specialization programme he became a specialist in the field of "Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics". Current research interests include hematology, clinical and laboratory diagnostics of animal diseases.


Norbert Palka received an MSc degree in physics (with a focus in fiber optics technology) and a Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in optoelectronics, both from the Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, in 2003 and 2016, respectively. In 1999, he joined the Military University of Technology as a researcher at the Institute of Optoelectronics. Currently, he is a head of Security System Group. Since 1999, his scientific interests have been in various sensors and systems for security: fiber optics, CCTV, and thermal cameras. Since 2008, he has focused on terahertz technology: spectroscopy, detection of explosives, body scanners, and nondestructive evaluation of composite materials.


Norbert Pałka, Military Technical Academy, Poland

Marek Kulka, University of Warsaw, Poland

Department of Metrology and Optoelectronics 

Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics

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