The Principal Investigator

I am a Group Leader in Microbial Genomics at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. I am interested in the evolution of medically-relevant bacteria like obligatory or opportunistic bacterial pathogens. My current research focuses primarily on the role of bacterial sex and recombination in bacterial adaptation to co-evolution with bacteriophages.


I initially trained in theoretical physics at the Jagiellonian University (2002-2005) and the University of Copenhagen (2005-2007). After this, I joined the group of Sebastian Bonhoeffer at ETH Zurich to study biology, and in 2011 I defended a thesis entitled “Understanding antagonistic co-evolution via mathematical modelling and data analysis”. After this, I received a Swiss National Science Foundation “Prospective Postdoc” fellowship to join the group of Christophe Fraser at Imperial College London. In 2013, I received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship to work on the evolution of recombination in Streptococcus pneumoniae at Imperial College London. In 2015 I received an Imperial College Research Fellowship and became a junior PI at Imperial’s School of Public Health. In 2018 I briefly joined Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford as a Senior Researcher in Bacterial Evolution, and early in 2019 I moved to Kraków to start my Group in Microbial Genomics, funded by the Polish National Agency of Academic Exchange and the Jagiellonian University.

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