Institute of Plant Genetics
Polish Academy of Sciences

Plant Biotechnology

Prof. Tomasz Pniewski
Assoc. Prof. Katarzyna Głowacka
Joanna Cerazy-Waliszewska, PhD Eng.
Karolina Sobańska, PhD
Benita Ortega Berlanga, PhD
Hanna Pudelska, MSc Eng.
Martyna Przewoźnik, MSc Eng. (PhD student)
Estera Wojtkowiak, MSc Eng. (PhD student)
Katarzyna Beczek
The team conducts research in the field of biopharming and bioenergetics with the use of plant genetic engineering methods and in vitro cultures. In the first area, research is focused on the production of Virus-Like Particles (VLPs) in plant expression systems as components of oral and injection vaccines, carriers for epitopes of various antigens and constituents of bionanoparticles.
Studies in the field of bioenergetics includes recognition of the molecular and physiological basis of tolerance to abiotic stresses of energy grasses of the Miscanthus genus and the use of miscanthus biomass for the production of biofuels and bioproducts, including modifications of biomass properties and improvement of miscanthus somatic embryogenesis.


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Research projects

Project No. 2020/37/K/NZ7/02387
Title: Immunogenicity of plant-produced chimeric Virus-Like Particles formed by HBcAg displaying HBsAg epitopes for potential therapy of chronic hepatitis B
Principal investigator: Benita Ortega Berlanga
Project type: POLS
Project duration: Sep. 15, 2021 – Sep. 14, 2023
Project No.: 2020/37/B/NZ6/02334
Title: Immune response induced by injection-oral co-immunisation with plant-derived HBV antigens polarising the response to Th1 or Th2 type in the context of potential therapy for chronic hepatitis B.
Principal investigator: Tomasz Pniewski
Project implemented in the consortium: Institute of Plant Genetics PAS (Tomasz Pniewski, PI); Institute of Parasitology PAS (Agnieszka Wesołowska, co-PI); National Medicines Institute (Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, co-PI);
Project type: OPUS 19
Project duration: Feb. 22, 2021 – Feb. 21, 2025
Project No.: 2019/35/B/NZ6/04002
Title: Host sex effect on immunity and protection after oral immunization with Fasciola hepatica cysteine protease and the parasite challenge.
Principal investigator: Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka (National Medicines Institute)
Project implemented in the consortium: National Medicines Institute (Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, PI); Institute of Parasitology PAS (Agnieszka Wesołowska, co-PI); Institute of Plant Genetics PAS (Tomasz Pniewski, co-PI)
Project type: OPUS 18
Project duration: Sep. 10, 2020 – Sep. 9, 2024
Project No: 2018/29/N/NZ9/00854
Title: The effect of changes in the expression profile of gene coding CesA, PAL and WAK proteins during cold stress on the composition and structure of Miscanthus sinensis cell wall.
Principal investigator: Karolina Sobańska
Project type: PRELUDIUM 15
Project duration: Jan. 2, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2022

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