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 Joanna Częścik

 
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Background:
I studied chemistry at the University of Warsaw in Poland where, in 2016, I graduated with honors and I obtained the Master’s degree in Chemistry. In addition, in 2015 during the Master’s course, I had a privilege to study at Åbo Akademi University in Finland.
My main interest in terms of Chemistry is Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, that is why both my Theses refer to these areas of science. I performed my Bachelor’s Thesis at the Faculty of Biomolecules, which was particularly about comparing the conventional and microwave-assisted acylation of aromatic amines, inspired by a “green chemistry” approach. Afterwards, during my Master’s studies, I was working at Stereocontrolled Organic Chemistry field, on which my thesis was grounded. Its title, “Enantioselective organocatalytic addition of furans to carbonyl compounds”, refers to enantioselective reactions of furans with trifluoromethyl ketones in presence of cinchona alkaloids and trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane derivatives as a catalysts.
Apart from these studies, I managed to improve my chemistry skills and gain additional experiences during multiple traineeships in different fields of Organic Chemistry, both in Poland and abroad. Accordingly, thanks to foreign internships I had also many chances to fulfill my non-chemistry interest and passion, which is traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines.

Training and Transferable Skills:
- HPLC
- GC-MS
- NMR
- IR
- UV-VIS

Research Projects:
I have a huge privilege to be a part of MMBio community and working as a Marie Curie PhD researcher under the supervision of prof. Paolo Scrimin in Padua. In MMBio project I am focused in programming the interaction of self-organized functional nanoparticles with biological entities such as targeting proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids. Particularly, I am working with functionalized nanoparticles endowed with the ability to selectively cleave nucleic acids. The unique features of these systems, like self-organization and programmed selection protocols, will be used as a new tool to create multifunctional nanodrugs.