Who am I?
I am a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London. I work in the area of evolution of infectious diseases. I use theoretical approaches (bioinformatics, statistical analysis, mathematical modelling) to understand how bacterial pathogens evolve and spread in the population, and how they interact with other commensal bacteria. You can read more about my projects and interests here.
How I got here?
I initially graduated in theoretical particle physics from University of Copenhagen. I then pursued a PhD in theoretical population genetics at ETH Zurich in the group of Sebastian Bonhoeffer. In 2012 I came to London to work with Christophe Fraser on evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae. In 2015 I was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship (today called Imperial College Research Fellowship) to study evolution of antigens in bacterial pathogens.
Why do I do what I do?
Ever since I can remember I have had a tendency to question everything and everyone. Today I earn my living by asking questions and trying to answer them with other, extremely bright people I am lucky to work with. However, research to me is not just about questions, it is also about people. Scientific research is a highly international environment, and it fascinates me how one the one hand researchers from different countries can overcome cultural boundaries to achieve common goals, while on the other hand they need to maintain a sense of belonging. These questions have led me in 2016 to co-found (with a group 12 other Poles) Polonium Foundation, the goal of which is to build and support a diaspora of Polish researchers worldwide. If you are wondering why this is important, please have a look at our website.