People

Optimum Skill Set

Sano’s establishment as a fully-funded translational Research Centre, with significant ambitions for industrial success and clinical impact, already represents a major achievement on the part of the team of specialists who have developed the idea from concept to success, through a multiplicity of assessment stages.

This team is now tackling the practical steps – scientific, legal, financial, administrative, structural, informational and more – required to fulfil Sano’s ambitious timetable toward full operational status. Our multi-disciplinary international consortium, which brings a mixture of skills and resources from across many leading European institutions renowned for scientific innovation and operational prowess, provides total command of the processes required to develop Sano into a world-class Centre of advanced Computational Medicine.

Marian Bubak

Scientific Affairs Director and President of the Management Board

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.

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.

Dr 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.

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.

Maciej Malawski

Assistant 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 assistant 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, cloud technologies, resource management and scientific applications. He spends his free time on outdoor activities in the mountains near Kraków and around the world.

Dr 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.

Karolina Jarosińska

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.

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.

Jan Meizner

Lead IT and security expert

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.

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.

Piotr Nowakowski

Research programmer at ACC Cyfronet AGH.

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.

Wioletta Wdowiak

Lawyer at the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR); custodian of the legal order of the Foundation.

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.

Dr 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.

Dr 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…

Tomasz Gubała

Senior computer scientist at ACC Cyfronet AGH. The initiator and the main driving force behind the development 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.

Marian Bubak

Scientific Affairs Director and President of the Management Board

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.

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.

Maciej Malawski

Assistant 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 assistant 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, cloud technologies, resource management and scientific applications. He spends his free time on outdoor activities in the mountains near Kraków and around the world.

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.

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.

Jan Meizner

Lead IT and security expert

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.

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.

Piotr Nowakowski

Research programmer at ACC Cyfronet AGH.

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

Senior computer scientist at ACC Cyfronet AGH. The initiator and the main driving force behind the development 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.

Dr 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.

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.

Dr 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.

Karolina Jarosińska

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.

Dr 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.

Dr 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…

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.

Jan Meizner

Lead IT and security expert

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.

Piotr Nowakowski

Research programmer at ACC Cyfronet AGH.

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.

Wioletta Wdowiak

Lawyer at the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR); custodian of the legal order of the Foundation.

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.

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.

Dr 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.

Marian Bubak

Scientific Affairs Director and President of the Management Board

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.

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.