The Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with the Polish acronym IFPAN, has been founded in 1953. The scientific personnel of the Institute of Physics were drawn from the physics faculty of the leading Polish academic institutions in Poland. The Institute has moved to its current abode on Aleja Lotników, in the Służewiec district in the South of Warsaw in about 1972. Currently it employs 39 full professors, 25 associate professors,  and 54 assistant professors. The total employment is 356. The institute operates as a school of advanced studies in that it has a graduate school with about 70 students. It is also a place for many projects of undergraduate students. The main research activities are in the areas of: semiconductors, molecular physics and optics, magnetism and superconductivity, structural studies, and biological physics. There are 8 divisions in the Institute. The youngest of them, organized in 2004, is Laboratory of Biological Physics headed by Prof. Marek Cieplak.


Dr. Marek Cieplak


Head, Laboratory of Biological Physics, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.


Education: M.S., Department of Physics, University of Warsaw, 1973; Ph. D., Department of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, 1977; D.Sc., Department of Physics, University of Warsaw, 1984.  Till 1989 employed at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warsaw. Since 1989 – at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences. Full Professor, 1995. Longer employment abroad: postdoctoral at Rutgers University, visiting Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, many visits at Penn State University.


Interests: condensed matter theory (spin waves, spin glasses, porous media, growth processes, atomic friction, river networks, nanofluidics, self-organized nanostructures) and biological physics (large conformational changes of biomolecules within coarse-grained models, especially as induced by stretching,  proteins with knots and slipknots, protein folding, dynamics of virus capsids and other multi-proteinic structures, interaction of proteins with solids, inference of genetic networks from the microarray data), studies of folding in lattice models (exact results).

More than 220 scientific papers and book chapters,  H-index 36. Textbook “Theory of Quanta” with I. Bialynicki-Birula and Jerzy Kaminski (Polish Scientific Company -1991, 2001; Oxford University Press -1992). 84 invited lectures at international conferences. Co-editor of EPL (formerly European Physics Letters). On the advisory board of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998) and  its Outstanding Referee (2008). Summer lectures at Rutgers University 1991-2000 and at Johns Hopkins University, since 2001. Many Polish grants; in several European projects (previously in NaPa and Funmol).


Role in CellulosomePlus: theoretical modeling of cellulosome and its parts, primarily by using coarse-grained models (leader of WP 7).

European Union
Weizmann Institute of Science
Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat München
University of Limerick
Designer Energy

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