A medicinal chemist, biochemist, molecular biologist, and drug designer by trade and a nature-lover at heart, with a Ph.D. from Wroclaw Univeristy of Technology, Postdoc from the University of Amsterdam. Also educated at Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Jagiellonian University Medical College, and the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAN.

Fascinated by the nature of biochemistry where (bio)molecules meet self-organization, specialization, networking, and create life. Interested in creating novel cutting-edge solutions for developing innovative drug candidates and precision medicine.

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the R&D-based biopharmaceutical start-up NatInLab and Project Leader in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam.
Passionate about horses, show-jumping amateur aiming for the Olympic games.

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M.Sc.in Medicinal Chemistry
Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry
P.D. in Industrial Pharmacy
Postdoc in Molecular/Systems Biology


10+ years experience in Molecular Science (drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, biochemistry, preclinical trials, systems and molecular biology)
15+ years experience in teaching and supervision
10+ years as PI in scientific projects that led to the identification of pro-drugs
10+ years experience as PI in EU-co-funded grants
20+ scientific article, 3 patent applications


The main goal of my study is to develop novel highly selective and safe inhibitors for medically-relevant proteases and the sustainable strategies to obtain them. The proteolysis instigates irreversible changes to a set of protein/peptide substrates that alters their function and generates the demanded biological event. The elevated activity of higly specified proteases has been correlated with various pathological disorders. However, at the same time, they play physiological roles. Interestingly, the same principles govern the invasion of pathogens such as coronaviruses. I am creating an innovative pipeline that leads to the obtaining of the new generation proteases inhibitors therapeutics.

The pipeline is based on my approach which states that the etiological factor of diseases such as Alzheimer's is the lack of certain components in the cell that regulate the biochemical network(s). I discover regulatory mechanism(s) and based on those findings I design the selective molecule(s) that regulate cellular processes through the proteolytic pathways. Further, I develop sustainable routes (very often de novo) to obtain designed structures. My current main research interest focuses on the proteases that are pivotal in the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

By trade, I am a medicinal chemist, biochemist, and molecular biologist. Due to my multidisciplinary education, I am capable of leading the project from the in silico design through synthesis to the advanced pre-clinical trails.

Publications @ Scholar ORCID


Teaching is a rewarding aspect of my professional career and forms the core of my identity as a university researcher. I believe that education is about engaging the mind that involves a collaborative and synergistic relationship between students and an instructor.

I see my role as a mentor and a guide, therefore, my primary goal in teaching is to take ownership of the development and education of my students. In every class and student project, I aim to include a mixture of guidelines, reading, lab assignments, and discussions to actively engage students with the material.

I was fortunate to have served as teaching staff for various courses on, among others, biochemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and systems biology, and a supervisor for B.Sc. and M.Sc. projects, and a co-supervisor of a Ph.D. project.


2024: Supervisor of the M.Sc. project of Stacy Maciel (SILS University of Amsterdam (UvA))
2024: Supervisor/Promotor of the M.Sc. project of Caroline van Wingerde (SILS UvA)
2023: Supervisor/Promotor of the M.Sc. Literature Thesis of Rens Clijnk (HIMS UvA)
2019-2021: Daily supervisor of the Ph.D. project of Yanhua Liu (SILS UvA)
2020: Supervisor of the M.Sc. project of Dennet van der Linden (SILS UvA)
2020: Supervisor of the M.Sc. project of Demi J. Rijlaarsdam (SILS UvA)
2020: Supervisor of the B.Sc. project of Ivo Gelder (SILS UvA)
2016: Supervisor of the M.Sc. project of Katarzyna Staszewska (Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT))
2013: Supervisor of the B.Sc. project of Maciej Giszter (WUT)

M.Sc. level

2023: Enzymes in Organic Chemistry, HIMS UvA
2018: Biomedical Systems Biology, UvA
2009-2014: Analytical Methods in Biotechnology, WUT
2009-2014: Natural Medical Products, WUT
2009-2014: Multistep Organic Synthesis, WUT
2009-2014: Bioorganic Chemistry, WUT

B.Sc. level

2018-2020: Systems Biology and Medicine, VU Amsterdam
2018: Biomedical Systems Biology, UvA
2009-2014: Biology, WUT
2009-2014: Organic Chemistry, WUT
2009-2014: Biochemistry, WUT


2018: Biological Dynamic Modelling workshop, the 5th European Congress of Immunology


2024: Principal Investigator, Faculty of Impact Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), 200,000€

2023: Principal Investigator, PoC Grant from the Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA), 100,000€

2022: Principal Investigator, Venture Challenge Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for NatInLab, 15,000€

2020: Co-Principal Investigator, Physics2Market from Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA), 35,000€

2018: Principal Investigator, Personal grant Mobility Plus from the Ministry of Science andHigher Education Poland co-financed by the EU from the European Social Fund, ~150,000€

2013: Principal Investigator, Personal grant Preludium 3 from the National Science Centre Poland, ~50,000€

2012: Principal Investigator, Personal grant Grant Plus from the EU from the European Social Fund, ~20,000€

2011: Principal Investigator, Personal grant for best Ph.D. students from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Poland, ~10,000€

2010: Principal Investigator, Personal grant Entrepreneurial Ph.D. financed by the EU from the European Social Fund, ~15,000€


2023: Pre-finalist of the Amsterdam Innovation Award

2015: The Rector of Wroclaw University of Technology Award for the outstanding achievements for the University

2014: The Faculty Council Award for best PhD thesis, Wroclaw University of Technology

2013: Scholarship for the development of young researchers co-financed by the EU

2009-2014: Multiple individual scholarships, Wroclaw University of Technology


NWO newsletter

News about Faculty of Impact Grant: LINK

Innovation Exchange Chanel youtoube

News about my inhibitors for COVID-19: LINK

University of Amsterdam newsletter

News about my inhibitors for COVID-19: LINK

Folia magazine

News about my drugs for COVID-19: LINK

News-Medical Life Science

News about my inhibitors COVID-19 (21 May 2020): LINK

Research Features

An article about my research: LINK

Polish Science Portal

News about my research on COVID-19 (19 Feb 2021): LINK

Radio Trojka

An interview with me: LINK

SILS Career Lunch

I was an invited speaker: LINK


News about my research on COVID-19 (27 Feb 2021): LINK

Radio Zet

News about my research on COVID-19 (25 Feb 2021): LINK

Gazeta Wyborcza

News about my research on COVID-19 (25 Feb 2021): LINK


An interview with me: LINK


News on my research on COVID-19: LINK

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