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Mission statement

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) is an internationally recognized and dynamic research organization aiming towards scientific excellence, international competitiveness and development of young scientists to contribute to healthcare  and agricultural progress.

Institute Director

Prof. Krzysztof Sobczak is the director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2019 – present).

About Institute

IMBB is part of the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the third largest university in Poland located in the Wielkopolska region (Western part of Poland). IMBB is a dynamic international research Institute that tightly supports the Polish and English teaching program of the Faculty of Biology in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, neurobiology and bioinformatics.

IMBB has been an outstanding scientific centre from the 1970s with an excellent international reputation. The research themes of IMBB are interdisciplinary and include RNA structure and biology, genome biology, developmental biology, bioenergetics, molecular medicine, medical and agricultural biotechnology, computational modeling and bioinformatics. Together, these interests have firm roots in the socio-economic environment contributing to agricultural and health care progress.

At present IMBB is formally organised into 4 departments: Bioenergetics (Head: Prof. H. Kmita), Computational Genomics (Head: Prof. W. Karlowski), Gene Expression (Head: Prof. K. Sobczak), Molecular & Cellular Biology (Head: Prof. P. Wojtaszek) and five research units: Biotechnology (Head: Prof. A. Ludwikow), Genome Biology (Head: Prof. P. Ziolkowski), High-Throughput Technologies (Head: Prof. J. Wesoly), Human Molecular Genetics (Head: Prof. H. Bluyssen), and RNA Biochemistry (Head: Prof. M. Olejniczak). Currently, IMBB comprises around 160 members including 11 full professors, 11 associate professors, 19 assistant professors, 21 postdocs, 70 PhD students, and 19 technical and administrative staff. Within the last 10 years IMBB doubled the number of scientists and harbours 21 independent research groups led mostly by young PIs. It combines a modern research infrastructure with state of the art equipment that offers the perfect opportunity for the development of young scientists and students.

As a scientific innovator and motivator with a strong publication record, and an outstanding ability to raise funding for research and equipment, currently IMBB belongs to the top research organizations in Poland and has become an attractive partner in the national and international research area.