Lab Team




Joanna Kargul (Group Leader)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joanna received her PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, UK (1999) and habilitation from the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland (2009). As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow she worked for 2 years in the Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics at Imperial College at Wye in the UK (group of Prof. Mike Blatt), then as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College London (group of Prof. Jim Barber), where inevitably she became fascinated with molecular and structural aspects of photosynthesis. In September 2011 she moved from London to Warsaw to take up a professorship in the Faculty of Biologythe University of Warsaw, and to build an independent research programme and establish the Polish node of the European solar fuels research. In September 2014 Joanna relocated her group to state-of-the-art facilities of the newly established Centre of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw. She holds two Honorary Fellowships from Imperial College London and University College London. She is Managing Editor of The International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell BiologyMember of the Science Advisory Board and the International Local Ambassador for Poland of the Biochemical Society. Her long-standing research focuses on several fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and the functional role of the photosystems with emphasis on the dynamics of their structures and function, especially under extreme growth conditions. This fundamental research is performed in the Kargul lab in a model extremophilic phototroph, the red microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. In parallel research, Joanna's lab also develops novel biomimetic 'green' solar-to-fuel nanodevices that are able to split water upon absorption of visible light and produce clean energy in the form of molecular hydrogen. This cutting-edge work is undertaken in collaboration with 7 other European laboratories within the EuroSolarFuels/Solarfueltandem consortium (see EuroSolarFuels brochure) and is funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the European Science Foundation. Her group also investigates application of PSI as a photosensor using plasmonic enhancement of fluorescence on silver nanowires (collab. with Prof. Sebastian Maćkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Toruń, Poland) and photocurrent generation on gold electrodes (collab. with Dr. Raoul Frese, VUA Amsterdam, the Netherlands).


Bibliometric data for Joanna:

H-index: 12 

No. of total citations w/o self citations: 878



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Julian David Janna Olmos (PhD student)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julian graduated from Boston University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in May 2009 (BA Cum Laude with Distinction). He obtained his Master of Research in Biomedical Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London in November 2010. Currently, Julian is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Biophysics of Artificial Photosynthesis supervised by Prof. Joanna Kargul in CeNT UW and affiliated to both Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw and CeNT UW. His scientific interests vary from synthetic organic chemistry to artificial photosynthesis. Currently, Julian is involved in development of the hydrogen-producing biomimetic nanodevice employing PSI from the extremophilic alga C. merolae as the biological photocathode capable of reducing protons into molecular hydrogen. He also investigates application of PSI as a photosensor. In May 2014 Julian was awarded the prestigious PRELUDIUM grant from the National Science Centre: "Investigation of amino acid linker-specific dependence of electron transfer between cytochrome c553 and photosystem I from an extremophilic red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae on a p-doped silicon electrode” (years 2014-2016; 99,810 PLN).


Mr Julian Janna Olmos

Faculty of Biology
University of Warsaw
Miecznikowa 1
02-096 Warsaw
Tel: +48 225543761
Fax: +48 225543606
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Centre of New Technologies
University of Warsaw
Banacha 2C
02-097 Warsaw




Anita Jarzębińska (BSc alumna) 

Anita was a master student of the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Science at the University of Warsaw. She obtained a BSc in Chemistry in 2011, working on magnetic nanoparticles as the anticancer drug carriers. The aim of her work in the Solar Fuels group was cloning and purification of cytochrome c-553 and ferredoxin, the natural electron donor and acceptor of PSI. Her main scientific interests are topics linking chemistry and biotechnology. She is an active member of the Student Science Club “Fulleren”. She is also a finalist of the Gold Medal in Chemistry competition.