With the beginning of January 2021, the Dioscuri Centre for RNA - Protein Interactions in Human Health and Disease at IIMCB, has started. It's headed by Gracjan Michlewski, PhD, DSc Habil, a laureate of the 2nd call for Dioscuri Centre of Excellence program announced by the Max Planck Society, Germany and National Science Centre, Poland. His partner is Juri Rappsilber from the Institute of Biotechnology at the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany.
Dioscuri is a programme initiated by the Max Planck Society (MPG), jointly managed with the National Science Centre (NCN), and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It supports the development of lighthouses of scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe by promoting outstanding researchers who want to conduct their research in this region.
Gracjan Michlewski is the laureate of the "Polish Returns" programme of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) as well. The awarded grant supports him in the establishment of his group at IIMCB and allow him to develop a research project within the grant’s dedicated component funded by NCN. The aim of the Programme is to allow prominent Polish scientists to return to their country and take up employment in Polish higher education institutions, scientific units or research institutes.
The major focus of Dr. Michlewski and his team investigations are on the RNA-protein interactions in innate immune response to RNA viruses including influenza, commonly known as the flu and are focused on two main topics which are: 1. Functional and structural characteristics of novel RBPs and RNA-protein interactions in innate immune response to RNA viruses and 2. Regulation of microRNAs through RBPs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Read more about the laboratory: Laboratory of RNA Protein Interactions: Michlewski Laboratory (Dioscuri Centre).
Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence. The Programme initiated by the Max Planck Society (MPG), managed jointly with the National Science Centre and mutually funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).