Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek

Head of the Neurobiology Laboratory of the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology. Molecular biologist, professor of biological sciences, a real member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Alumnus of the Fulbright Program.

Leszek Kaczmarek, full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Academia Europaea is a professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology and the president of the at BRAINCITY: Center of Excellence for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders; Nencki EMBL partnership at the Nencki Institute, Warsaw; Poland. His major research achievements include: (i) discovery of c-Myc protein role in regulation of the cell cycle; (ii) discovery of the learning-related gene (c-fos) expression in the mammalian brain; (iii) revealing apoptotic component of excitotoxicity in the adult brain; (iv) discovery of specific role of cyclin D2 in the adult brain neurogenesis; (v) discovery of involvement of matrix metalloproteinases in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory, epileptogenesis, alcohol addiction and schizophrenia; (vi) defining the role of the central amygdala in reward learning and memory. He has published over 250 research papers, cited over 12 000 times.

L. Kaczmarek was invited as a lecturer to more than 100 international and national meetings and over 300 times to talk on research seminars, workshops, etc.; he promoted over 40 PhDs and was PI or coordinator on over 50 domestic and international grants. He was postdoc at the Temple University (Philadelphia, USA), as well as visiting professor at the: University of Catania (Italy), McGill University (Montreal, Canada), UCLA (Los Angeles, USA, Fulbright Senior Fellow), and Institute of Photonic Sciences, ICFO, (Castelldefels, Spain). He served on numerous program and grant committees, editorial and advisory boards, as well as authorities of Polish and international scientific societies and organizations.

  • Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
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