About CeNT

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.

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

  • Professor Peter Rehling – University Medical Center Göttingen Cellular Biochemistry, Germany; the Chairman of the Council
  • Professor Witold Filipowicz – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland; the Vice-Chairman of the Council
  • 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
Director
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska
Deputy Director for Research Organization
Iwona Cymerman, PhD
Deputy Director for Commercialization
Robert Dwiliński, PhD
Infrastructure Coordinator
Rafał Wierzchosławski, PhD
Head of the Grant Office
Lidia Tańska, PhD
Chief Financial Officer
Artur Zieliński, MSc

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)