Welcome at the website of Department of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology (Drewniak & Dziewit research group) of the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw! We are working in several fields of microbiology, including: environmental microbiology; microbial biotechnology and bioremediation; microbial genomics and metagenomics; bioinformatics.
We specialize in: molecular and physiological analyses of extremophilic bacteria (with special focus on cold-active and metallotolerant bacteria); the biology of mobile genetic elements of bacteria; environmental virology; antibiotics and heavy metals resistance, metabolism and transformation; the development of novel biotechnologies using microorganisms (e.g. in biogas production and bioremediation).
Marcin (“Development of liquid organic bio-fertilizers, enriched with bacterial metabolites, intended to promote plant growth”) and Michal (“Active at low temperatures, microbial bio-fertilizer enriched with homogentisic acid polymer. A modern agent for year-round prophylaxis of plants and soil”) research grants received funding from the University of Warsaw Technology Transfer Center (UOTT UW). Great achievements!!!
(09 March 2022)
Przemyslaw Decewicz received Bekker Fellowship for his 1-year post-doc in Prof. Robert Edwards group at Flinders University in Australia. Congrats!!!
(21 December 2021)
Mikolaj Dziurzynski received EMBO Longterm Fellowship for his 2-year post-doc in Dr. Marco Fondi group at University of Florence (Italy). Congrats!!!
(13 December 2021)
Our project PhageLand “Phage treatment and wetland technology as intervention strategy to prevent dissemination of antibiotic resistance in surface waters” received funding. It will be coordinated by C. Borrego (Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain) and includes collaborators from University of Warsaw (L. Dziewit), Warsaw University of Life Sciences (M. Grzesiuk-Bieniek), KU Leuven (R. Lavigne), Quadram Institute Bioscience (E. Adriaenssens), Delft University of Technology (D. Weissbrodt) and Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy (A. Ferdohleb).
(30 November 2021)
We received two OPUS projects:
Project “Role of extracellular DNA, generated during communal wastes treatment, in dissemination of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes in aquatic ecosystems”. Lukasz Dziewit is a coordinator of the consortium which includes research groups from AGH University of Science and Technology (T. Bajda) and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (M. Grzesiuk-Bieniek).
Project “Benchmarking human tissue culture systems that mimic the tumor microenvironment” coordinated by M. Nees from Medical University of Lublin. Tomasz Kaminski is a partner in this project along with the research group from Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (M. Tabaka).
(26 November 2021)
IDUB UW grant for Lukasz Drewniak for studying biotechnological production of compounds of petrochemical importance. Congrats!!!
(15 October 2021)
Our project INDEPTH received funding!!! We will analyze microbes in Arctic deep-sea habitats. We will implement research tasks in a collaboration with University of Gdansk (T. Kaczorowski), Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences and (W. Rypniewski) and University of Bergen (I. Steen).
(09 October 2021)
Maria research grant “Enrichment of acidophilic sulphur oxidizing bacteria for biological leaching of zinc and iron form slags” received funding from the University of Warsaw Technology Transfer Center (UOTT UW).
(19 July 2021)
Our group will be a partner in a interdisciplinary project entitled: “Linguistic and cultural diversity at the service of medicine – exploring traditional ethnic minority communities as potential super donors of the gut microbiota”. Leaders: Justyna Olko from Artes Liberales UW and Jaroslaw Bilinski from Medical University of Warsaw. Partners: Lukasz Dziewit, Anna Karnkowska and Julia Pawlowska from Faculty of Biology UW. Looking forward to this collaboration!!!
(11 June 2021)
Mikolaj received Ministry of Education and Science fellowship for the best MSc students in Poland. Good job!!! Congratulations!!!
(22 February 2021)