Happy hour at the movies

We went to see Ghost in the Shell as a lab last night. The movie was rather shallow, but visually stunning. Afterwards, we went bar-hopping to celebrate Łukasz’s new-born, Miłosz. Congrats, Łukasz! We were very disappointed that our favorite bar “U Mechaników” closed up, but we have a new go-to place – “Do Dna”.

Lab meeting fun

We had cheese and grapes for brunch this morning after lab meeting. Great presentation by Sylwia!

New collaborative paper published

We recently participated in a collaboration with the group of Dr. Gianluca Canettieri from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and the fruits of this collaboration have just been published in Scientific Reports. Congrats to the whole international team, especially the first author Sonia, and many thanks to Luca for inviting us to participate in this exciting study of HDAC1/2 in Hedgehog-driven cancer!

Escape room adventure

We went for a long overdue happy hour. This time instead of just going for a beer, we went to what is known as an “Escape Room”. We were locked in a room with many interconnected puzzles and the goal is to figure out how to escape from the room in less than 1 hour. The team worked extremely well – we managed to escape with around 10 minutes to go! We then went to celebrate to a pizza place in the Warsaw Old Town and some bar-hopping afterwards.


Welcome to new lab members! And Happy New Year 2017!

This is coming a little late, but our new lab members are here and really picking up steam! Warmest welcome to Sylwia – the new PhD student, and Edyta – the new research assistant. They don’t lack for motivation – everyone is here churning out results despite the slow holiday season. I wish everyone plenty of papers, grants, and awards in 2017!!!

Polish Genetics Congress in Lodz

I am back from the Vth Polish Genetics Congress in Lodz. Great thanks to Prof. Michał Witt for organizing a session on the genetics (and other aspects) of ciliopathies and for inviting me to give a talk. It was a very interesting session and gave me a fresh appreciation of the significance of cilia for human disease. Last, but not least, the congress get-together party at the famous Wytwórnia Club was fabulous – the DJ was the inimitable Marek Sierocki!

The lab at Bio2016

We’ve just returned from the beautiful city of Wrocław, where Łukasz, Mostafa, and myself participated in the Bio2016 joint conference of the Polish Biochemical Society and Polish Society of Cell Science. We saw a bunch of exciting talks, met many old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. It was a fun time, and the weather was splendid despite it being mid-September.

We are hiring!

We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals to fill positions of Research Assistant/Technician and PhD student. The successful candidates will work on basic mechanisms of signal transduction and develop their skills at the bench and beyond. Continue reading