Meet our Team

Our multi-disciplinary international consortium brings a mixture of skills and resources from across many leading European institutions renowned for scientific innovation and operational prowess. It is all about the skills of people involved in the project, to develop Sano into the world-class research centre for advanced computational medicine.
Arkadiusz Sitek

Director of Sano, President of the Management Board

Also serves as the President of the management board and the head of the healthcare informatics research team. Previously employed at IBM and Philips Research in Cambridge. In 2006-2015, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and a medical physicist at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. In years 2001-2006 scientist in Lawrence Berkeley Labs in Berkeley and Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston.
His professional interests are focused on the use of computing in medicine. He specializes in the application of statistical methods in healthcare, medical data visualization, medical physics, and machine learning.

Marian Bubak

Scientific Affairs Director

He obtained M.Sc. in Technical Physics and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. He also leads the Laboratory of Information Methods in Medicine at ACC Cyfronet AGH, is a staff member of the Department of Computer Science AGH, and the Professor of Distributed System Engineering (emeritus) at the Informatics Institute University of Amsterdam. His research interests include parallel and distributed computing and quantum computing. He served key roles in about 15 EU-funded projects and authored about 230 papers. He is a member of editorial boards of FGCS, Bio-Algorithms and Med-Systems, and Computer Science Journal.

Maciej Malawski

Associate Professor at AGH and Senior Researcher at Sano.

Holds a PhD in computer science and an MSc in computer science and physics. In 2011-2012 he was a postdoc at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science AGH and a senior researcher at ACC Cyfronet AGH. His scientific interests at Sano include parallel and distributed computing, including distributed computing, data science, including large-scale data analysis, cloud technologies, resource management and scientific applications. He spends his free time on outdoor activities in the mountains near Kraków and around the world.

Piotr Nowakowski

Senior Data Manager and Research Programmer at Sano

Involved in the preparation of the Sano project since its inception, and currently assisting in the preparation of Sano’s internal documents and regulations (including English translations of the relevant documentation). Has participated in numerous collaborative research projects, both national and European, performing development work on collaborative research environments and distributed data storage systems. Also works as a translator, with several dozen published book translations under his belt.

Tomasz Gubała

Scientific Programmers Unit Manager. The initiator and a co-founder of Sano.

Having an extensive track record in providing computational and IT solutions for researchers, Tomasz will lead the scientific programming and data analytics effort at Sano. He also possesses experience with establishing and working at his own company, and brings his entrepreneurial approach to the Centre. His official title is Capataz de Cargadores.

Tadeusz Satława

Scientific programmer at Sano

Graduated in 2012 from Applied Computer Science at AGH with BSc and MSc theses related to ECG signal processing. He also has a BSc from Biomedical Engineering at AGH and did an internship as a teaching assistant at the University. He gathered experience as a software engineer and data scientist in several companies.

Privately loves reading books, running and cross stitching.


Sabina Lichołai

Medical Doctor, graduated from the Jagiellonian University.

Her scientific interests focus on epigenetic dysregulation in pathogenesis of human diseases. She implemented high-throughput biological measurements as well as bioinformatics and computing techniques in order to obtain molecular profiles characteristic for particular human conditions. She is a genetics consultant for Sano. She was involved in various Polish and international scientific projects.

Marek Kasztelnik

Full Stack Developer at ACC Cyfronet AGH.

Providing solutions which help run scientific applications on distributed resources. Has participated in numerous research projects (national and EU-funded). Creator of the Model Execution Environment – a patient-oriented simulation pipelining system integrated with the Prometheus supercomputer at Cyfronet. He is also a lead developer of the EOSC Marketplace solution. An avid mountain biker, skier and board game player.

Mateusz Szpyrka

Scientific programmer at ACC Cyfronet AGH.

Graduated in 2020 in Computer Science at AGH, author of a BSc thesis focused on pattern detection and classification within HEp-2 images. He is interested in application of artificial intelligence to medical problems, and he develops machine learning based solutions to computational problems, especially interested in the field of computer vision. Privately amateur musician, climbing enthusiast and casual poker player.

Karolina Jarosińska

Human Talent Manager

Has been working in the recruitment industry for over 15 years; possesses significant experience in talent acquisition for senior scientific and C-level positions. Karolina is actively involved in integrating the Life Science community in Poland, and also promotes Polish biotech, pharma and medtech communities on the international stage. At Sano she is responsible for talent acquisition and development. In her free time she enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing. She is also an enthusiast of enology travel.

Karolina Tkaczuk

Director of Development

Karolina brings to Sano a combination of research and business experience through her work at the external technology transfer office, IP protection entities, seed and venture capitals, as well as industry partners. She has always worked at the edge of innovation and projects targeting real life problems with high commercialization potential, including newest trends in the application of AI in life sciences.
She has a PhD Eng in Biotechnology, her scientific area of interest were molecular modeling of protein structures in particular methyltransferases, structure genomics projects and crystallisation. She’s an author and co-author of number of scientific publications and books, as well as popular science articles. She was a board member of Young European Biotech Network (YEBN) and collaborated with European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) as well as Nature.

Michał Gołąbek

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Talent Acquisition Specialist with nearly 4 years of experience in sourcing Life Science senior scientists, managers and executives. Over the years, involved in recruitment and relocation of numerous life science professionals for companies and research institutions based in Poland. Graduated from AGH in 2016 in biomedical engineering, specializing in bionanotechnology, attended also postgraduate studies in molecular biology.

At Sano, responsible for talent acquisition, market research analysis and recruitment advertising. In his free time travels and goes to cinema often.


Kazimierz Murzyn

Managing Director of the LifeScience Krakow Cluster and President of the Klaster LifeScience Krakow Foundation.

He deals with innovation and entrepreneurship as well as assessment and transfer of technologies applicable in the field of health and quality of life. He is an expert in strategic planning, scenario planning, creative problem solving and project management. He possesses knowledge and skills in analyzing and modeling complex learning systems.

Keith McCormack

Senior Project Manager in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

Keith brings to Sano ten years’ experience of engagement with industry partners through his role as Business Development Manager for Insigneo. He has a PhD in Medical Physics and a substantial track record as a University researcher and research manager since 1998, where he has been involved in the management of over 10 EC FP projects. Prior to this he worked for almost 20 years in industry, as a senior electronics engineer, developing computing and communications systems for industrial and commercial use, and in technical marketing.
Keith’s involvement in in silico medicine is driven by a belief in the importance of maximising the use of technology to support clinical decision-making.

Thomas Reiss

Head of the "Emerging Technologies" Competence Center at Fraunhofer ISI.

He brings to Sano more than 30 years’ professional experience in innovation research focusing on processes and systems, large research infrastructures and innovation policies. Has broad experience in participating in and coordinating large national and international research projects – currently he leads the work package on industrialisation of the European Graphene Flagship and coordinates the Graphene Flagship Technology and Innovation Roadmap. He is very interested in music and enjoys reading extraordinary books.

Renata Fryc

Lead Project Manager responsible for marketing and communication at the LifeScience Krakow Cluster Foundation.

She has a background in management, marketing and HR, and possesses long-standing comprehensive experience as a manager at international corporations: SOLA Optical and Electrolux. In Sano she is involved in communication, marketing and business development. She loves Argentinian tango, photography and travel.

John Fenner

Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease.

As a registered clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK, he brings to Sano a clinical focus. He has been a key contributor to a large number of EC-funded projects and, beyond direct research activities, he also has a senior teaching role, communicating principles of medical physics technology to clinical specialists within the University’s associated teaching hospital, and leading PhD training programmes including Marie Curie European Training Networks.

Liliya Pullmann

Economist and Senior Researcher at the "Emerging Technologies" Competence Center at Fraunhofer ISI.

Has expert knowledge in innovation processes and ecosystems favorable for the development of new technologies. Her work involves assessment of economic impact and growth potential of emerging technologies, as well as business opportunities and models for new technologies. She has expertise in performing technology-oriented market analyses and econometric analyses, and has been involved in numerous national and European projects. In her leisure time she enjoys a good movie and travelling.

Florian Wittmann

Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the "Emerging Technologies" Competence Center at Fraunhofer ISI.

To Sano he brings in his regional expertise and background in political science and economics for ecosystem analysis. Having obtained a PhD in the implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in Polish and Italian regions, he is familiar with the study of complex and multi-faceted policies from various perspectives. He enjoys sports, loves mountains and…

Maja Więckiewicz

Director of Operations

Controls and Audit Manager with vast project and team management experience gained in public institutions. Key competencies relate to the areas of managing large teams of subject matter experts, process optimisation and operational solution design, as well as risk management. Experience in conducting internal controls and audit of EU funds. Successes in the preparation and implementation of integrated management systems. Master of public health. Management and development of the healthcare system is her interest. She enjoys reading books and spending time on the country side.

Jan Meizner

Technical Manager

Graduated in 2009, majoring in federated IT security systems. Since then he has been working at ACC Cyfronet AGH on many EU and national projects involving a wide range of subjects, including computational medicine. His work focuses on IT security, operations of cloud and HPC infrastructures, as well as building software for such infrastructures. In Sano he is involved in the operations of IT systems, as well as a range of IT security tasks, including identity management and data security.

Marta Jarkiewicz

Financial & Accounting Expert

Expert in finance, accounting, human resources and taxes. Member of the audit team, accountant, consultant, adviser, coordinator.

Wioletta Niwińska

Legal Counsel

She specialises in civil, commercial and corporate law. Her professional experience comes from working at international legal firms and as a member of the legal departments of private companies. Her assignments include wording agreements, internal regulations and powers of attorney, and providing continuous legal support for Sano. In her free time she dances or discovers new flavours and aromas.

Katarzyna Tabor

Project Manager

Master of Public Health and holder of a postgraduate diploma in Management and Audit at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Throughout her professional career, she has been working in several medical facilities, both public and private. Experience in coordinating projects, contract supervision and cooperation with clinical experts. Interested in healthcare quality and continuous improvement. In her…


Jan Osiński

Senior Expert at the International Cooperation Department of NCBR and coordinator of the Sano Teaming project

Involved in H2020, ERA-NET and bilateral Poland-China projects since 2016, he has cooperated with OSCE, the European Parliament and the Polish government. In Sano he communicates with the European Commission and Polish authorities on behalf of the partnership. He speaks Polish, English, Italian, Russian and Ukrainian. His personal interests include salsa dancing, volleyball and crime stories. He also rather enjoys cooking.

Agnieszka Szymańska

Deputy Director for Administrative Affairs at the Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet AGH in Cracow; President of the Sano Foundation Council.

Agnieszka is a graduate (M. Sc.) of the Cracow University of Economics. At ACC Cyfronet AGH she is responsible in particular for administrative and organisational affairs, human resources, formal and legal matters, as well as public procurement. In her free time she practices sports – horse riding, volleyball, cycling and skiing.

Tanja Bratan

Coordinator of the "Innovations in the Healthcare System" Business Unit in the "Emerging Technologies" Competence Center at Fraunhofer ISI.

Has a background in e-health and more than 15 years of professional experience in healthcare innovation research in Germany and the UK. This includes various large-scale evaluations, technology assessment projects and collaborations with medtech researchers and companies focusing, among others, on rare diseases, assistive technologies and artificial intelligence in healthcare. In her free time she enjoys various outdoor activities, vegan cooking and making and repairing things.

Andrew Narracott

Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Mechanics in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease and Director of Operations for Insigneo at the University of Sheffield.

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in EC and international research projects, including a six-month research fellowship at the RIKEN Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He is Sheffield’s Principal Investigator for the Sano project, coordinating the contribution of Insigneo in facilitating Sano to develop and translate innovative solutions for computational medicine. Andrew’s work is strongly focused on identifying and progressing the fundamental and readily-translatable elements of computational physiology, to advance clinical practice.

Kazimierz Murzyn

Managing Director of the LifeScience Krakow Cluster and President of the Klaster LifeScience Krakow Foundation.

He deals with innovation and entrepreneurship as well as assessment and transfer of technologies applicable in the field of health and quality of life. He is an expert in strategic planning, scenario planning, creative problem solving and project management. He possesses knowledge and skills in analyzing and modeling complex learning systems.

Marco Viceconti

Professor of Industrial Bioengineering, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, IT Visiting Professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

Marco Viceconti is a specialist of in silico medicine. Founder, first Director and Past President of the VPH Institute, he also initiated the Avicenna Alliance, where he serves as member of the Board of Directors. He founded and directed for seven years the Insigneo Institute, the largest research institute on in silico medicine in Europe. Prof Viceconti is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and a member of the World Council of Biomechanics.

Peter M.A. Sloot

Professor of Complex Adaptive Systems Scientific Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam.

Research: I try to understand how natural and man-made systems processes information. I study this ‘natural information processing’ in complex systems by computational modeling and simulation as well as through formal methods. My work is applied to a large variety of disciplines. Recent work has been on the virology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, notably HIV, through Complex Networks.

Award: Leading Scientist Award (3.6 M€) (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2010), largest individual scientific award in the world.

Zbigniew Nawrat

Professor HPI (Heart Prostheses Institute) Creative Director of Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development, Assistant Professor Biophisics Department Medical University of Silesia, President of International Society for Medical Robotics, Editor of Medical Robotics Reports.

Scientist, inventor, teacher, visionary. Pioneer of artificial organs (artificial heart POLVAD, POLTAH), medical robotics (Robin Heart surgical robot) and methods for optimizing surgical operations by modeling, simulation and virtual reality technology. In 1997-2000 he managed the first simulation project for cardiac surgery. He is the author of the idea and initiator of the ORGANEOM project – human research as a system of interaction between a biological organism and artificial organs. He is responsible in Poland for the European project DIH HERO Robotics in Healthcare.

Holger Gohlke

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, DE

His current research focuses on the understanding, prediction, and modulation of interactions involving biological macromolecules from a theoretical perspective. His group applies and develops techniques grounded in bioinformatics, computational biology, and computational biophysics.

Stefan Zachow

Head of research group: Computational Diagnosis & Therapy Planning; Co-head of the research group: Computational Anatomy & Physiology; Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Division on Mathematics for Life and Materials Sciences.

Dr. Zachow is an expert in medical image analysis and geometry processing, medical image segmentation, model-based therapy planning. His domain is mainly computer-assisted surgery planning with a focus on cranio-maxillofacial surgery as well as orthopaedic surgery.

Rod Hose

Professor of Computational Biomechanics, University of Sheffield, UK

His research interests are in the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. He was one of the co-authors of the White Paper that launched the European Commission’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative. Most recently he was Scientific Co-ordinator for the Horizon 2020 project EurValve.

Dieter Kranzlmüller

Full professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

His scientific focus lies in e-infrastructures, including network and IT management, grid and cloud computing, as well as in high performance computing, virtual reality and visualisation. He has been acting as a reviewer and international expert for several countries and research programmes, and has co-authored more than 300 scientific papers.

Marek Behr

Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS), Center for Simulation and Data Science (JARA-CSD), RWTH Aachen University, DE

He is interested in physiological model development and in numerical methods for complex fluids. He is serving as the Vice-President of the German Association for Computational Mechanics (GACM). In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).

Knut Koschatzky

Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems- and Innovation Research, DE

His work focuses on Innovation and Regional Economic Theory, Regional Innovation Systems, Innovation Networks, Technology and Innovation Indicators, Innovation Services, Regional Innovation- and Technology Policy, Innovation Financing, New Technology Based Firms

Jacek Kitowski

Professor of Department of Computer Science and Head of International Affairs at ACC Cyfronet, AGH University of Science and Technology, PL

His topics of interest include, but are not limited to, large-scale computations, multiprocessor architectures, high availability systems, distributed computing, Grid/Cloud services and Grid/Cloud storage systems, knowledge engineering.

Ewa Deelman

Research Professor, USC Computer Science Dept.; Director, Science Automation Technologies, USC Information Sciences Institute; Principal Scientist, USC Information Sciences Institute

Her group explores the interplay between automation and the management of scientific workflows that include resource provisioning and data management. Deelman pioneered workflow planning for computations executing in distributed environments. Ewa Deelman’s group has lead the design and development of the Pegasus Workflow Management software and conducts research in job scheduling and resource provisioning in distributed systems, workflow performance modeling, provenance capture, and the use of cloud platforms for science.
AAAS Fellow, IEEE Fellow

Claire Chalopin

Senior Research Scientist, Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS), Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig, Germany

She is the leader of the Intraoperative Multimodal Imaging group. Her research areas focus on the clinical evaluation of new imaging methods for the surgery, the development of approaches using Artificial Intelligence to support the interpretation of the non-standard image data and the further technical development of imaging devices. She cooperates with international research teams.

Irena Roterman-Konieczna

President of the Department of Bioinformatics and Telemedicine at Jagiellonian University – Medical College, Kraków, PL

Research interests: Systems Biology, Protein structures, Amyloids, Simulations in Medicine; Specialisation – Bioinformatics. She has written several books in the field of systems biology, protein structures, amyloids and simulations in medicine. She has published more than 25 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute.

Richard Clayton

Professor of Computational Physiology, Insigneo Institute for in-silico Medicine and Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK

His research interests are focussed on developing physics-based and mechanistic computational models and simulations as tools to examine the structure and function of human tissues and organs.

Jerzy Gąsowski

Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, PL