About CeNT UW

The Centre of New Technologies (CeNT UW) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the understanding of important biological, chemical and physical phenomena. 

Our scientists tackle fundamental scientific problems as well as collaborate on the translation and application of knowledge to the industry.

The CeNT UW provides truly international outlook with an unsurpassed environment for both young and established researchers, as well as promotes the education of the PhD students.

The activities carried out at CeNT UW in 2017 can be found in more details in Director’s Annual Report for 2017, which we are cordially inviting you to read.

Council of the Centre for New Technologies of the University of Warsaw for years 2016-2020: 

Professor Peter Rehling – the Chairman of the Council
University Medical Center Göttingen Cellular Biochemistry, Germany

Professor Witold Filipowicz – the Vice-Chairman of the Council
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

Professor Ehud Gazit
The George S. Wise Faculty Of Life Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Professor Leon Gradoń
Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Professor Reinhard Lührmann
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Professor Fatima Mechta-Grigoriou
Institut Curie – INSERM France

Professor Silvio Rizzoli
Department of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

Dr Maciej Wieczorek
Celon Pharma S.A., Poland

Professor Michele Vendruscolo
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Professor Magdalena Żernicka-Goetz
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

Operations of the Council of CeNT UW/ReMedy International Scientific Committee 2016-2020 term of office

(until 15.09.2018)

27.09.2017 Appointment of the Council of the Centre of New Technologies University of Warsaw for the 2016-2020 term of office by the Rector of UW
11.12.2017 Appointment of ReMedy International Scientific Committee for the 2016-2020 term of office by the Rector of UW
03.01.2018 Appointment of the Chairman of CeNT UW/ ReMedy ISC – Prof. Peter Rehling
31.01.2018 Approval of the recruitment requirements for Research Group Leaders in ReMedy
07.04.2018 Authorization of the Director of ReMedy to conduct recruitment processes for positions other than Research Group Leaders
14.06.2018 Approval of the “Statute: Evaluation of the Group Leaders” at CeNT UW
14.06.2018 Approval of the „Rules of the competition for the position of Research Group Leader at ReMedy”
22.06.2018 Appointment of the Vice-Chairman of CeNT UW/ ReMedy ISC – Prof. Witold Filipowicz
24.07.2018 Approval of new „Regulations of the Centre of New Technologies – University of Warsaw”
04-05.09.2018 Meeting of the Council of CeNT UW/ReMedy ISC – resolutions adopted:

Resolutions of the Council of CeNT UW

Resolution no. 1/09/2018

Resolution no. 2/09/2018

Resolution no. 3/09/2018

Resolution no. 4/09/2018

Resolution no. 5/09/2018

Resolutions of the Council of ReMedy ISC:

Resolution no. 1/09/2018

 

Minutes of the Council of CeNT UW/ReMedy International Scientific Committee Meetings

04-05.09.2018

 

Recruitment procedure for Research Group Leaders in Chemistry and Computational Biology 2018.

Recruitment procedure for Research Group Leaders in ReMedy 2018.

Promotion for associate professor position 2018.

Director
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska
Deputy Director for Research Organization
Iwona Cymerman, PhD
Infrastructure Coordinator
Rafał Wierzchosławski, PhD
Head of the Grant Office
Lidia Tańska, PhD
Chief Financial Officer
Artur Zieliński, MSc

General chart of the organisational unit structure

 

Detailed chart of the organisational unit structure

 

 

Chromatography

  • High-performance liquid chromatographs with:
    • ultraviolet-visible absorption (UV/VIS) detector
    • fluorescence detector
    • with both diode array  (DAD) and fluorescence (FLD) detectors
  • High-performance liquid chromatographs with chiral columns set
  • Fast protein liquid chromatograph
  • Ion exchange chromatography and evaporation set

Microscopes

  • Inverted Routine Microscopes including Microscopes with cameras (OPTA-TECH MW50, Eclipse TS 100-F)
  • Fluorescence upright microscope with digital image analysis (Eclipse Ni-U)
  • Confocal (laser scanning) microscope (Axio Imager.Z2 Zeiss)
  • Confocal laser scanning microscope  for fluorescence lifetime measurement (MicroTime 200, PicoQuant GmBH)

 Spectroscopy

  • Spectrofluorometers
    • universal (e.g. Cary Eclipse BioMelt Agilent Technologies)
    • high-Performance Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer (Fluotime 300 easy tau, PicoQuant)
    • with single photon detector (Edinburgh Instruments FS-5)
    • with sample temperature control 15-35 °C (F7000, Hitachi)
  • Stopped-Flow Spectrometer System for absorbance and fluorescence measurements (BioLogic ALX250)
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrometers
    • universal
    • the picodrop microliter type
  • Luminometer Glomax 20/20
  • Liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry analytical devices (Qtrap 3200 ABSCIEX)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer
    • 700 MHz (VARIAN)
    • benchtop NMR spectrometer (MAGRITEK)
  • Raman Spectrometer
  • IR Spectrometer
  • The SuperK EXTREME supercontinuum white light laser 460-2400 nm (NKP Photonics EXW-12 with multi-line tunable filter NKT SELECT nIR1/VIS1x)
  • Optical test equipment consisting of: HeNe laser, Compact Spectrometer, Extended Range: 200 – 1000 nm, High-Sensitivity USB 3.0 CMOS Camera, spectrographs with spectral resolutions 2cm-1, xenon light source (HNL050R, CSS200/M, DCC3240C, Thorlabs; Andor Shamrock 750, LSM 320)

Next-Gen Sequencing

  • NGS libraries preparation
    • system for automatic reaction preparation (Freedom EVO 150/8; Tecan)
    • system for preparing high-quality NGS libraries NeoPrep (Illumina)
    • quality control Automated System which covers the full spectrum of DNA, gDNA and RNA (Fragment Analyzer; Advanced Analytical)
    • an automated system that creates clonal clusters from single molecule DNA templates (cBot, Illumina)
    • electrophoresis system that separates DNA or protein samples by size, and then fractionates the whole sample, or section of the sample, into fractions (SageELF)
    • DNA size selection for Next-Generation Sequencing (100bp-1.5kb) (PippinPrep)
  • Next-Gen Sequencing Instruments
    • high-throughput sequencing system (HiSeq4000, Illumina)
    • average-throughput sequencing system (HiSeq2500, Illumina)
    • low-throughput sequencing system (MiSeq, Illumina)
  • Single-cell sequencing system (C1, Access Array AX+FC1,  Fluidigm)

PCR

  •  Thermal cyclers (C1000Touch, BioRad)
  •  Real-time PCR amplification and detection instrument (LightCycler 480, Roche)

Labelled materials study

  • Isotopic Laboratory adopt to work with 32P and 35S
  • Sensitive and robust imager for chemiluminescence, UV and white light transillumination, and multi-fluorescence analysis of protein and DNA samples in gels and membranes (Amersham Imager 600 RGB, GE Healthcare)
  • Gell and Blot Imaging Systems – laser scanner precisely quantitates proteins, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules labelled with multiple visible and infrared fluorescent dyes, radioisotopes, and stained with dyes (Typhoon FLA 9500, GE Healthcare)

IT infrastructure

  • Computer clusters
    • general purpose (648 cores, 1.728 GB RAM, 3.3 GHz ) with GPU units
    • dedicated to genomics studies composed of
      • storage system (>2.5 PB)
      • analysis system (750 TFLOPS) composed including massive-parallel and big memory (6 TB) machines
      • many bioinformatics, molecular modelling, and structural biology software

Cell lines investigations

  • Cell Laboratory adapter to conduct experiments with GMO (I category.), GMM (I and II category)
  • CO2 Incubator
  • Laminar flow cabinets
  • Cell Analyzer (LSR Fortessa)
  • Cell sorter (BD FACS Aria Fusion)
  • Electroporation system for transfecting every cell type (GENE PULSER X CELL BIORAD)

General biological equipment

  • Shakers
    • incubator shaker (Innova 42, 44, New Brunswick)
    • incubator shaker with refrigeration (Innova 42R, 44R, New Brunswick)
  • Centrifuges
    • laboratory Centrifuges
    • cooling Centrifuges
    • superspeed centrifuge (SORVALL LYNX 6000, Thermo Fisher Scientific)
    • cytocentrifuge (Cytospin 4, Thermo Fisher Scientific)
    • ultracentrifuge (WX100 Thermo Scientific)
  • Hybridization oven
  • Sample concentrators (miVAC)
  • Dryers (Labconco FreeZone)
  • Sonication devices with cooling (Bioruptor Plus UCD-300i)
  • Homogenizer (GentleMACS Dissociator, Miltenyi Biotec GmBH)
  • Gel documentation system (GelDoc XR+, BioRad)
  • Hybrid Multi-Mode Reader (Synergy H1MFDG Biotek)
  • Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers (hef u570 Eppendorf)
  • Cryostat (Leica CM1860)
  • Milli-Q Type 1 Ultrapure Water Systems
  • Animal House Equipment
  • System for euthanasia of laboratory animals

Scullery room equipment

  • Large Steam Sterilizer STERIVAP SP HPE 669-2ED with water purifying system
  • Steam Sterilizer for liquid (UNISTERI HP 559-2ED, BMP)
  • Universal Steam Sterilizer (3870 ELV-D, Tuttnauer)
  • Washing Machine with drying (Miele)

Electrochemistry

  • Spectrophotometry setup  with intensity control consisting of Electrochemical workstation, photoelectrochemical cell simulation module, a light source with the integrated monochromator (Zennium, SIMPECC,CIMPS-pcs2; ZAHNER-electric GmBH)
  • Set for photoelectrochemiacal investigation – Solar symulator class IEC (LOT Quantum Design)
  • Photoelectric spectrometer for quantum efficiency measurement (Instytut Fotonowy)
  • Scanning Probe Microscope SECM-063
  • Set for photoelectrochemical absorbance/transmittance „in situ” investigation consisting of a Solar simulator class ABA (LS0308, ZAHNER-electric GmBH), 250-900 nm photoelectrochemical cel, chemical absorbance / transmittance systems (BLX-CXR-SR, Stellarnet Inc.)

Surface analysis equipment

  • Raman Spectrometer (LabRAM HR Evolution) connected with Atomic Force Microscope (TRIOS Platform, HORIBA Scientific)
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectrometer (RT-08, LOT Quantum Design)
  • Electron Spectrometr for surface analysis  X-ray photoelectron spectrometr
  • Nanospectroscopy microscope (neaSNOM with nano-FTIR module; neaspec GmBH)
  • IR Spectrometr conjugated with a microscope (Nicolet is50, Nioclet Continuum, Thermo Scientific)

Physicochemical Properties Analysis Devices

  • Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer connected with quadrupole mass analyzer (STA-QMS)
  • Titration calorimetry set (Nano OTC TA)
  • Microscale Thermophoresis instrument  for studying biomolecular interactions in solution
  • Physical Property Measurement System – an open architecture, variable temperature-field system, designed to perform a variety of automated measurements
  • Magnetometer used to measure extremely subtle magnetic fields

General physical and chemical equipment

  • Glove-Boxes Workstation (MBRAUN  LAB master dp, UNILABPLUS ECO)
  • Four mirror optical floating zone furnace (FZ-T-12000-X-VII-VPO-PC)

The CeNT was created in 2011 as an independent organizational unit of the University of Warsaw. The idea behind the  creation of CeNT was to build up the strength of the University in chosen areas of research. Initially the CeNT UW crew was composed of four research groups dealing with structural chemistry, molecular biology and environmental sciences.

CeNT UW building was constructed on the cost of 25,5 mln EUR with total space of 18 000 m2, including almost 9000 m2 of laboratory space plus 4500 m2 of didactic/office space, plus servers.

During first months of its activity CeNT UW was headed by Professor Marcin Pałys, whose successor was Professor Piotr Węgleński, former Rector of the University of Warsaw. From 1st March, 2017 the Director of CeNT UW is Professor Agnieszka Chacińska.