Urszula Kozlowska

Urszula (Ula) obtained the academic title of Master of Science from the Wroclaw University of Technology with specialization of biotechnological processes in 2014. She then started her PhD project on mesenchymal stem cells at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Science, Wroclaw, Poland and worked on stem cell therapy for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders at the Institute of Human Genetics, Polish Academy of Science, Poznan, Poland.  She is currently employed as a Research Associate in Dr. Toborek’s lab, where she is learning novel approaches to better understand the biology of the central nervous system.

Welcome to the lab Ula!





Silvia Torices

Dr. Torices received her Master degree in Oncology and Biomedicine in 2013 from the University of Oviedo (Spain). She pursued an integrated program completing her Ph.D degree in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine at the University of Cantabria (Spain). During her thesis research, she worked in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Department of Molecular Genetics in the Research Institute of Investigation Marqués de Valdecilla (Spain). Her thesis focused on identifying genetic variants associated with the susceptibility or prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis and the study of their functional consequences.


Welcome to the lab Silvia!





Enze Sun

Dr. Enze Sun graduated last year from Wuhan University, a top university with a beautiful campus in China. During his Ph.D., he studied the cellular entry of influenza virus by real-time imaging and single-virus tracking. He joined our group in April, 2018. Now he expands his major research interest to the chronic effects of opioids and HIV on the stability of the blood-brain barrier.


We wish you a productive postdoctoral training!





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Dr. Leda presented her work entitled “The role of the blood-brain barrier in Zika virus infection” during the session Early Career Investigators, Part I (Post-Doctoral Trainees). Dr. Ibolya Andras was selected to give an oral presentation during the same conference.



Martina Velichkovska is an undergraduate student in the laboratory involved in a project on mitochondrial dysfunction. Below is her reflection on participation in research conferences from a point of view of an undergraduate student.