Tackling mitochondrial diseases through in vivo studies of zebrafish

Barbara Uszczyńska-Ratajczaka: Mitochondrial dysfunctions can affect almost any part of our body, including the brain, nerves, muscles, heart, kidneys, eyes and pancreas. Many human diseases are related to their dysfunctions, including muscular dystrophy, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

VIBRANT communication in ants

Luca Pietro Casacci: Efficient communication to coordinate the actions of up to a million specialised nestmates is fundamental to the success of social insects, especially ants, which represent some of the most sophisticated animal societies.

Reproductive practices under state socialism

Agata Ignaciuk: Contraception and abortion are highly contentious topics in contemporary Poland. A close examination of how these issues were dealt with in the recent past sheds new light on the history of Polish state-socialism, the democratic transition and current debates on reproductive rights in Poland.

From wood biomass to sustainable chemicals – how can zeolites help?

Izabela Czekaj: Nowadays, crude oil and natural gas are the main sources for the production of fuels and feedstock chemicals. These resources are limited and mankind urgently needs alternatives for a more sustainable production of chemicals from renewable feedstock (e.g. wood biomass). This is why I decided to join the search for novel porous nano-materials such as zeolites.

Re-thinking the history of the European family

Mikołaj Paweł Szołtysek: The ways contemporary European families are organised differ markedly, and it is likely that these variations have important consequences for the status of women, intergenerational relations and human capital formation. However, tracing the historical roots of these familial variations has never been successfully concluded.

Algebraic effects in a programming language

Maciej Adam Pieróg: Nowadays, computer systems control almost every aspect of our lives. There is a constantly increasing demand for safety-critical software of growing complexity. To meet this demand, one needs appropriate tools, and at the very heart of softwaredevelopment toolchain lays a programming language in which one can describe the logic of the system.