Laboratory of Human Cancer Genetics
Krystian Jażdżewski

Solar Fuels Laboratory
Joanna Kargul

Laboratory of NMR Spectroscopy
Krzysztof Kazimierczuk

Laboratory of RNA Biology
Magda Konarska

Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology
Marta Barbara Wiśniewska

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)
 

ReMedy

The „Regenerative Mechanisms for Health” International Research Agenda Unit (“ReMedy”) is a joint unit of the University of Warsaw and University Medical Center Göttingen at Georg-August-University Göttingen, funded by a grant by the Foundation for Polish Science. The goal of ReMedy is to understand and to harness stress‐evoked adaptability of cells at the molecular and biochemical level, in order to combat human diseases and pathologies.
Director: Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska (a.chacinska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Deputy director: Prof. Magda Konarska (m.konarska@cent.uw.edu.pl)
Project coordinator: Michał Wrzesiński, PhD (m.wrzesinski@cent.uw.edu.pl)
ReMedy aims to:
  • understand mechanisms of stress response
  • discover short- and long‐term consequences of cellular responses and their crosstalk in physiology
  • apply the gained knowledge about stress responses for the development of new medical treatments.

Prof. Chacińska will seek to identify global consequences of translational inhibition in human cells. Preliminary data show that although acute stress leads to rapid inhibition of protein synthesis, this stress is not lethal and frequently cells become even more resistant to further insults. Unknown adaptive mechanisms lead to re-initiation of protein translation. Prof. Chacińska’s group will undertake a system analysis of gene expression changes that accompany dysfunctional mitochondria, aiming to identify changes in transcription various steps of mRNA biogenesis and stability, including splicing – in collaboration with the Konarska lab – as well as translation activity/recruitment of mRNA during translation initiation. Studies of the group will deliver a comprehensive gene expression profiling under mitochondrial dysfunction and will lead to a discovery of yet unknown responses and adaptive pathways that have a potential to rescue cells and organisms from organellar stress and may in general benefit cellular and organismal fitness.

Prof. Konarska group will study the mechanisms by which aging or environmental signals influence the function of the splicing machinery and affect splicing outcomes. Changes in patterns of alternative splicing in higher eukaryotes are characteristic signatures of stress and disease, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. These studies will help to understand how environmental changes or ageing affect regulation of gene expression at the splicing level. They will also help to understand the function of the spliceosome and suggest new ways to modulate it. Ultimately, the mechanisms utilized by yeast to regulate pre-mRNA splicing will also be validated in mammalian cells, and the way how they affect more complex regulation of alternative splicing will be studied in collaboration with the Chacińska group.

 
ReMedy is funded by Foundation for Polish Science International Research Agendas Programme (project MAB/2017/2) under measure 4.3 "International Research Agendas“, Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Call for group leaders
The call for the first two new Group Leaders, of the final group of five, is now open. We highly encourage you to see the offer at the following link.
   

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

The newly created Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, future group leaders will develop ambitious and innovative research effort exploring quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in the optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term aim of their practical utilisation.
The Centre is being established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and will be hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, which is a new interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The University of Warsaw is the top Polish academic institution with an extensive research programme attracting best students from all over the country and beyond, located in one of the most vibrant cities of Central Europe.
 

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies

Launch Event  |  21 June 2018

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Programme:

 
9:30
Opening  
Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska Director, Centre of New Technologies
9:35
Welcome 
Prof. Marcin Pałys Rector, University of Warsaw
9:45
International Research Agenda Programme 
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
9:55
Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies 
Prof. Konrad Banaszek Director of the International Research Agenda Unit
10:05
UK National Quantum Technology Programme 
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
10:25
Discussion panel 
Prof. Zbigniew Błocki Director, National Science Centre Poland
Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS Imperial College London
Prof. Marek Kuś Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Maciej Żylicz President, Foundation for Polish Science
11:15
Coffee break

Scientific Session:

 
 11:45
Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy
Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

Among those who make a living from the science of secrecy, worry and paranoia are just signs of professionalism. Can we protect our secrets against those who wield superior technological powers? Can we trust those who provide us with tools for protection? Can we even trust ourselves, our own freedom of choice? Recent developments in quantum cryptography show that some of these questions can be addressed and discussed in precise and operational terms, suggesting that privacy is indeed possible under surprisingly weak assumptions.

12:30
Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications
Prof. Paolo Mataloni Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

The importance of integrated quantum photonics in the telecom band consists of the possibility of interfacing with the optical network infrastructures developed for classical communications. In this framework, on-glass femtosecond laser-written integrated photonic circuits have great potential. They have been demonstrated capable to support, manipulate and measure polarization qubits. In addition, these circuits, can be perfectly mode-matched at telecom wavelength to the in/out coupling fibers, which is a key requirement for a low-loss processing node in future quantum optical networks. Finally, for several applications, quantum photonic devices can be also dynamically reconfigurable.

In this talk, we report on the high performance of femtosecond laser-written photonic circuits for use in quantum experiments, in particular in the telecom band.

13:15
Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes
Prof. Susana Huelga Universität Ulm

Quantum biology is an emerging field of research that concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical exploration of non-trivial quantum phenomena in biological systems (See references below for recent reviews on the subject). We will present an overview aimed to bring out fundamental assumptions and questions in the field, using light harvesting as a prototypical biological process. We will identify basic design principles and develop a key underlying theme -- the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter.

A fundamental element in the discussion is the formulation of a microscopic model able to explain the observed persisting oscillatory features in the spectral response of different pigment-protein complexes at ambient temperatures. Along delocalized electronic excitations, we argue that quantum coherent interactions with near-resonant vibrations are instrumental for explaining long lived coherence and may contribute to light-harvesting performance.

Experimental results on both natural and artificial systems will be shown to be in agreement with this vibronic model which therefore provides an archetypical framework for the field.

  1. F. Huelga and M.B. Plenio, Contemp. Phys. 54, 181 (2013)
  2. D. Scholes et al., Nature 543, 647 (2017)
  3. Romero, V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Nature 543, 355 (2017)