Rafał Mostowy

Principal Investigator

Rafał initially trained in theoretical physics at the Jagiellonian University (2002-2005) and the University of Copenhagen (2005-2007). In 2007 he joined the group of Sebastian Bonhoeffer at ETH Zurich to pursue a PhD in biology. After this, he received a Swiss National Science Foundation “Prospective Postdoc” fellowship to join the group of Christophe Fraser at Imperial College London. In 2013, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship to work on the evolution of recombination in Streptococcus pneumoniae at Imperial College London, followed by an Imperial College Research Fellowship at the School of Public Health. In 2018, Rafał joined the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford as a Senior Researcher in Bacterial Evolution, and early in 2019 he moved to Kraków to start the Microbial Genomics group.

Rafał is also a co-founder of Polonium Foundation, an organisation linking Polish researchers worldwide, and an co-author of a research study on the Polish Scientific Diaspora.


Bogna Smug

Postdoctoral Research assistant

Bogna joined the Mostowy Lab in July 2019. She obtained her MSc at the Wroclaw University of Technology and PhD at the University of Exeter. Her thesis, supervised by Ivana Gudelj, was focused on combining mathematical modelling and experimental microbiology data to make sense of the evolution of microbial cooperation. Bogna’s work has featured in several prestigious journals like mBio, the ISME Journal or Nature Ecology and Evolution. You can read more about Bogna on her personal website.



PhD Student 

We are now advertising a research technician position with a possibility of becoming a PhD student in our lab. If you are interested in the problems we’re trying to solve, get in touch with us! You can also read a little bit about what makes us different from many other research groups in Poland.