People

Vijay Gupta , PhD

Research engineer

In 2013, Vijay earned my Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Delhi. The same year, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to pursue a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry. During his Ph.D., he gained expertise in organocatalyzed asymmetric synthesis, stereoselective multicomponent reactions, C-H bond functionalization, and transition metal cross-coupling reactions. To further explore a career in research, he worked as a Junior Research Scientist in Syngenta Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Goa. Previously, He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw with Prof. Karol Grela. Currently, he works as a Research Engineer (Senior Specialist) at Functional Macromolecules Research Group at Lukasiewicz PORT. 

Email me: Vijay.Gupta@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Anuj Sharma, PhD

Research engineer

Anuj Sharma received his Master degree in Organic Chemistry at University of Delhi (India) in 2015. Later, in the same year he joined in PhD in Organic Material Laboratory group at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (India) where he worked on design, synthesis and characterization of fluorescent organic compounds for optoelectronic applications. Anuj obtained his PhD degree in September 2021 and currently working as Research Engineer in Functional Macromolecules group at PORT. His role is to develop chromophore-substituted sequence-defined macromolecules for tunable optical sensors.

Email me: Anuj.Sharma@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Siyasanga Mbizana, PhD

esearch engineer

Siya obtained his master and PhD degrees in chemistry and polymer science from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In his PhD and a year-long post-doc position, he worked on copolymerization kinetics of N-carboxyanhydrides, synthesis and development of polypeptide-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) based copolymer as an antitumor nanocarrier. Thereafter, he worked for Fine Chemicals Corporation (Aspen) for 2 years as a regulatory affairs scientist, where he led projects on pharmaceutical process impurities detection such as nitrosamine and potential genotoxic impurities. On July 2022 he joined Functional Macromolecules Team at Łukasiewicz – PORT, where he is exploring sequence-structure relationship of sequence-defined polyurethanes. In his spare time, he watches soccer and read.

Email me: Siyasanga.Mbizana@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Żaneta Mała, Msc

NCN scholarship, PhD candidate

Żaneta Mała obtained her MSc Eng. degree in Chemistry of Organic Compounds and Polymers at Wrocław University of Science and Technology. She is a 4th-year Ph.D. student and her thesis is focused on the transformations promoted by chiral hydrogen bond donors, enone-based π-conjugated systems and mechanochemistry (ball milling). In August 2021 Żaneta joined the Functional Macromolecules Group as an NCN scholar to work on the synthesis of sequence-defined polymers using iterative chemistry approaches. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and developing sewing skills.

Email me: Zaneta.Mala@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Paweł Cwynar, MSc

Process engineer, PhD candidate

Paweł obtained his MSc Eng. Degree in Materials Engineering at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST). He was a member of the research group NONA at the WUST University for 1 year and during this time he realized his master thesis about amyloidogenic proteins and their optical properties. In parallel he completed master studies – Erasmus Mundus Master Programme at the École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in the field of Nanobiophotonics. During his education, Paweł did two internships at the Aalto University in Helsinki and Institute of Materials Science ICMAB-CSIC in Barcelona. From September he joined Functional Macromolecules Group at Łukasiewicz PORT to pursue his PhD. Paweł’s scientific interests are mainly nanotechnology in biology and medicine applications whereas his personal interests are snowboarding, analog photography, and travels.

Email me: Pawel.Cwynar@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Weronika Forysiak, MSc

NCN scholarship, PhD candidate

Weronika studied forensic chemistry and toxicology at University of Wrocław, and in 2019 I have completed her bachelor’s degree with thesis „Biomaterials based on functionalized silicon compounds”. Now, she is a Master student of Medical chemistry at University of Wrocław. Weronika is a Master student at University of Wrocław. On June 2020 she joined Functional Macromolecules Group as an intern to work on sequence-defiened oligocarbamates for her master project. She successfully defended her thesis at University of Wroclaw on July 2021 and continue her scientific career as PhD candidate. „I am interested in combining chemistry with medicine, like drug design or implant design and I enjoy creating computer graphic, reading books and listening to criminal podcasts.”

Email me: Weronika.Forysiak@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Maksymilian Szatko, MSc

NCN scholarship, Process Engineer

Maksymilian obtained the bachelor’s degree in chemistry and industrial analytics at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST). In his thesis, he examined the spectroscopic properties of lanthanide doped fluorite crystals. On October 2020 he joined Functional Macromolecules Group as an intern to work on simulating spatial structure of sequence-defined polymers for his master project. He successfully defended on September 2021 and continues scientific adventure in or Team as NCN scholar. In his spare time, he enjoys playing role-playing games and explore forgotten places.

Email me: Maksymilian.Szatko@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Sara Kozub, Msc

Process engineer

Sara obtained the bachelor’s degree in forensic chemistry and toxicology at University of Wrocław. Her bachelor thesis was ‘Biomedical applications of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes’, which she defended in 2019. In June 2020, she joined Functional Macromolecules Group as an intern to carry out her Master project and work on sequence-defined oligocarbamates. The topic of her Master thesis was ‘Properties studies of sequence-defined polyurethanes with specific chirality’, thanks to which she obtained a master’s degree. In her spare time, she likes to sing, play the piano and read books.

Email me: Sara.Kozub@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Martyna Hofman, MSc

Process engineer

Martyna obtained her MSc degree in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Wrocław with thesis „Development of a method of isotopically labeled tadalafil standards preparation and their application in quantitative analysis by LC-MS”. In October 2021 she joined Functional Macromolecules Research Group at Łukasiewicz PORT as Process Engineer to work on sequence-defined polymers for sensor materials. Besides science, Martyna is interested in dietetics and human nutrition. In her spare time, she likes to cycling.

Email me: Martyna.Hofman@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Yu-Yu Chen

Process engineer

Yu-Yu Chen obtained his BSc degree in chemical engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU). In October 2018 he relocated to Germany and enrolled in the MSc Polymer Science programme of Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin and University Potsdam. He conducted his internship and master project at Fraunhofer IAP, and thereafter completed master degree with thesis “Synthesis and property optimisation of shape-memory thermoplastic polyurethane with different building blocks.” He then joined Functional Macromolecules group in February 2022 as process engineer. In his free time he likes wild camping, urban exploration and language learning.

Email me: Yu-Yu.Chen@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Kacper Olejniczak

NCN scholar, Master student

Kacper studied Chemical and Process Engineering on Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST). In 2021 he obtained his bachelor degree with thesis: „Use of rhenium nanoparticles as a catalyst for reduction of nitrite compounds”. He continues his education as a master student at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology with major in Advanced Process Engineering and Nanotechnology. On October, he joined Functional Macromolecules Group as intern. His master project is focused on development of scalable synthesis method for sequence-defined polyurethanes. In his spare time he enjoys running, going to the gym, watching sci-fi movies and listening to heavy metal music.

Email me: Kacper.Olejniczak@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Agnieszka Lizak

NCN scholar, Master student

Agnieszka studied Medical Chemistry at the University of Wrocław. She obtained her bachelor degree with thesis „Application of 5-amino-3-methyl-4-isoxazolecarboxylic acid as a non-proteinogenic amino acid in the solid-phase peptide synthesis”. Now, she continues her studies in Medical Chemistry at UWr as a master student. In September, she joined Functional Macromolecules Group as an intern to carry out her Master project and work on oligocarbamates as information carriers. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading books and working out.

Email me: Agnieszka.Lizak@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

Julia Miśkiewicz

Intern

Julia is an engineering student of Biotechnology at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST). She takes part in research project FixNet. In July, she joined the Functional Macromolecules Group as an intern to work on oligonucleotides. During her spare time she enjoys reading books, watching movies and playing video games. 

Email me: Julia.Miskiewicz@port.lukasiewicz.gov.pl


Former members

Niels Andre, (11.2019-6.2020), process engineer in ConFold NCN project

Avish Golakiya (06.2020-09.2020), intern from Biotechnology Department, Wroclaw University.

Paulina Walencik, PhD (06.2020-12.2020), post-doc in ConFold NCN project

Sara Kozub (06.2020-06.2021), MS student, thesis defended at Wroclaw University, currently Process Engineer at Ł-PORT

Simone Giuseppe Giuffrida (04.2021-04.2022), post-doc in ConFold project

Daria Szemereta (08.2021-02.2022), Intern

Dominika Szydło (08.2021-07.2022), MS student, thesis defended at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Szymon Misiurka (15.04.2022-15.07.2022), Intern, currently working at LG

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