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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:02

University of Warsaw was founded in 1816 and is Poland's largest and finest university.

Today UW employs over 6,030 personnel, including 3,170 academic teachers and educates almost 55,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Each year about 17,000 young people enroll as students at the University of Warsaw.

The Faculty of Biology is one of 19 faculties of the University of Warsaw.

Since 2000, Faculty of Biology is located in a modern building in the “Ochota Campus”. Near our Faculty are located: other experimental University Faculties: Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Mathematics, Warsaw Medical University, and several biomedical institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Our research and teaching departments are grouped into six institutes: Botany, Biochemistry, Experimental Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Genetics and Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Zoology.

Three analytical facilities, Electron and Confocal Microscopy, Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Analysis, and Isotope Laboratory support domestic research and external users.

In the faculty we have also the Laboratory of Biological Education

The Faculty owns 200 years old Botanical Garden and four field stations in the North-Eastern Poland:

  • The Białowieża Geobotanical Station in Białowieża Primeval Forest National Park whose unique characteristics have recently been reviewed in the journal "Nature” of 18 September, 2008. This station is fully equipped for research in all aspects of forest biology and conservation and is open yearlong.
  • The other three field stations located in the Masurian Lake District offer excellent teaching and research opportunities for environmental studies and are open to visitors.


STUDIES IN THE FACULTY OF BIOLOGY

The Faculty of Biology of Warsaw University offers education at three levels – a 3-year BSc and a 2-year MSc program, and 4-year PhD studies based on individual research projects. Each year, ca. 200, 150 and 20 students are admitted.

The Faculty of Biology educates students of the first level in one of three programs:

I BIOLOGY
II BIOTECHNOLOGY
III ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
as well as second level students in three programs with the following specializations:

I. BIOLOGY specialized in:
A. BIOLOGY OF THE CELL and ORGANISM
B. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

II. BIOTECHNOLOGY specialized in:
A. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
B. MICROBIOLOGY
C. MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

III. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION specialized in:
A. THE BIOLOGICAL FUOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The Faculty of Biology is also a partner in several elite, highly competitive interdisciplinary study programs:

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology,
  • Inter- Faculty Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
  • Inter- Faculty Studies in Environmental Protection.

The Faculty also offers numerous paid post-diploma courses in, e.g.,

  • Environmental protection,
  • Forensic studies,
  • Biology teaching.


Research at the Faculty of Biology

We are particularly strong in biotechnology/molecular biology, developmental biology, ecology, metabolic regulation, microbiology, parasitology, and plant and animal physiology.

Among other achievements of the recently formed paleobiology group is the ground-breaking discovery of the earliest tetrapode tracks, highlighted on the cover of Nature of 7 January, 2010.

Each year we publish ca. 120 research papers in Thomson Reuters–indexed journals, including the top ones such as Nature, PNAS, American Naturalist, Molecular Cell, Nucleic Acids Research, Ecology, etc.

The application-oriented research are also carried out at the Faculty of Biology:

  • search for novel anti-diabetes and anti-cancer drugs in collaboration with a major Polish pharmaceutical company
  • engineering of bacteria to be used as anti-bacteremia vaccines in poultry, and as anti-cancer agents;
  • control of insect-borne parasitic disease
  • re-introduction of salmonid fishes to Polish rivers
  • conservation of ancient tapestry
  • biofortification of plants
  • phytoremediation
  • biological sewage treatment
  • biohydrometallurgy,

The research is funded by a statutory grant to the Faculty of Biology and by ca. 100 individual competitive grants, both from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. International grants from the EU and from private Polish sources.


FUTURE

Faculty of Biology is a major beneficient of structural grant from EU for about 200 mln EUR

  • One of the upcomming projects is the construction of the BiolChem building which will house researchers from these two Faculties running joint application-oriented projects in environmental research and management.
  • Realisation of this project enhances Faculty of Biology research potential and encourage close cooperation between many different institutes and faculties.

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