Researchers and doctoral students

Within the Institute of Human Biology and Evolution, 14 groups have been formed headed by full professors or university professors (AMU professors).

Group members

Main interests

Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Genomics

Professor Izabela Makałowska
Joanna Ciomborowska-Basheer, PhD
Magdalena Kubiak, PhD
Elżbieta Wanowska, PhD
Natalia Ryczek, PhD
Jarosław Sikora, MSc
Klaudia Staszak, MSc
Aneta Łyś, MSc
Joanna Kozłowska-Masłoń, MSc

Research is conducted in the broad field of genomics, including functional, comparative and evolutionary genomics.

Keywords: genomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics, retrogenes, overlapping genes, genome evolution, carcinogenesis


Professor Maria Agnieszka Kaczmarek

Research in ontogenetic development, the effects of the external environment on the developing child and the processes of human aging.

Keywords: human auxology, human aging, gender studies


Małgorzata Arlet, AMU professor
Sindhuja Sirigeri, MSc

Research on primate social behavior and ecology.

Keywords: care of offspring, personality of bonnet macaques, social behavior and aging in gray-faced mangabeys


Zbigniew Czapla, AMU professor

Research on biogerontology (biology of aging).

Keywords: telomeres, aging, diseases, phenotypic traits


Tomasz Hanć, AMU professor
Ewa Bryl, MSc
Joanna Ratajczak, MSc
Paula Szcześniewska (Mamrot), MSc

Research at the intersection of biology, health sciences and psychology.

Keywords: stress, ADHD, underweight, overweight, obesity


Katarzyna Anna Kaszycka, AMU professor

Research conducted in the broad area of human evolutionary biology.

Keywords: human “races”, morphology of the skull and teeth, sexual dimorphism and evolution of Hominidae, modern humans variability


Magdalena Kosińska, AMU professor
Tomasz Hadada, MSc

Research on the influence of environmental factors on the course of personal development both within the physiological norm and in the presence of disorders.

Keywords: ontogeny, children born prematurely, body weight


Laboratory of Molecular Pathology and Therapy of Neuromuscular Diseases

Patryk Konieczny, AMU professor
Anna Rugowska, PhD
Alicja Durska (Starosta), MSc
Sylwia Szwec, MSc

Research focused on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), particularly in the context of signal transduction, regulation of dystrophin and utrophin gene expression, and communication between various cellular structures, cells and organs.

Keywords: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, regulation of dystrophin and utrophin gene expression, mouse and cellular models of DMD


Krzysztof Kościński, AMU professor

Research on the biological preferences of men and women for body weight and shape and the evolution of the human breast.

Keywords: biological preference in mate choice, evolution of breasts


Laboratory of Human Evolutionary Biology

Marta Krenz-Niedbała, AMU professor
Sylwia Łukasik, PhD
Anna Juras, PhD
Maciej Chyleński, PhD
Dawid Trzciński, MSc
Wenesa Woźniak, MSc
Agnieszka Szyca, MSc

Research on the biology and ecology of human populations living in diverse environments.

Keywords: paleopathology, skeletal populations, prehistoric populations, physiological stress markers, 3D methods, ancient DNA


Laboratory of Historical Populations Biology and Demography

Grażyna Liczbińska, AMU professor
Szymon Antosik, MSc
Helena Maria Repczyńska, MSc

Research on the impact of social inequality and broader environmental stress on the biology, demography and health of historical populations.

Keywords: stress, epidemics of infectious diseases


Oskar Nowak, AMU professor

Evaluation of the influence of genetic factors and the individual environment of growth and development as determinants of the incidence of various cancers. Analysis of diet and mobility in prehistoric and historical populations based on isotopic studies and stress markers.

Keywords: tumorigenesis, stress markers, prehistoric populations, historical populations, modern populations


Laboratory of RNA Biology

Michał Szcześniak, AMU professor
Klaudia Samorowska, MSc

Research focused on gene expression analysis and identifcation of novel regulatory elements, including short and long non-coding RNAs.

Keywords: transcriptomics, bioinformatics, non-coding RNA, antisense transcripts, RNA editing


Anita Szwed, AMU professor
Magdalena Durda-Masny, PhD
Weronika Stróżewska, MSc

Research conducted in the broad area of human development.

Keywords: gut microbiom, cystic fibrosis, body composition, birth weight, Nanopore sequencing