Piotr Szwedziak, PhD

email: p.szwedziak@cent.uw.edu.pl
phone: +48 22 55 43860
room: 02.101
Laboratory of Structural Cell Biology (Group Leader)


2004-2008 – degree in Molecular Biology, University of Warsaw, PL

2008-2012 – PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and University of Cambridge, UK with Jan Löwe. Project: Biochemical and structural analysis of the FtsZ:FtsA complex and polymerising abilities of the FtsA protein.

2012-2015 – postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK with Jan Löwe. Project: Reconstitution of bacterial cell membrane constriction in vitro.

2015-2019 – postdoctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, CH with Martin Pilhofer. Project: Structure and function of the Type VI Secretion System in enteroaggregative Escherichia coli.

2019 – group leader at CeNT, University of Warsaw, PL

2020-2023 – EMBO Installation Grant


Publications without CeNT affiliation

  • Szwedziak P and Pilhofer M (2019) Bidirectional contraction of a type six secretion system. Nature Communications 10.1038/s41467-019-09603-1
  • Kooger R*, Szwedziak P*, Böck D, Pilhofer M (2018) CryoEM of bacterial secretion systems. Curr Opin Struct Biol 52:64-70
  • Hussain S*, Wivagg CN*, Szwedziak P, Wong F, Schaefer K, Izore T, Renner LD, Holmes MJ, Sun Y, Bisson-Filho AW, Walker S, Amir A, Löwe J, Garner EC (2018) MreB filaments align along greatest principle membrane curvature to orient cell wall synthesis. eLife 10.7554/eLife.32471
  • Lariviere PJ, Szwedziak P, Mahone CR, Löwe J, Goley ED (2017) FzlA, an essential regulator of FtsZ filament curvature, controls constriction rate for Caulobacter division. Mol Microbiol 107:180-197
  • Szwedziak P*, Wang Q*, Bharat TAM, Tsim M, Löwe J (2014) Architecture of the ring formed by the tubulin homologue FtsZ in bacterial cell division. eLife 10.7554/eLife.04601
  • Szwedziak P, Löwe J (2013) Do the divisome and elongasome share a common evolutionary past? Curr Opin Microbiol 16:745-751
  • Szwedziak P, Wang Q, Freund SM, Löwe J (2012) FtsA forms actin-like filaments. EMBO J 31:2249-2260


Book chapters

  • Szwedziak P, Ghosal D (2017) FtsZ-ring architecture and its control by MinCD. Subcell Biochem 84:213-244

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