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Department of Biochemistry


Tomasz Kaminski

Joined the lab: January 2018
Background and Current Projects: I am fascinated with microdroplets and in making them work for biotechnology and diagnostics. And after having graduated in biotechnology (BSc-2009, MSc-2010) from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, I joined Prof. Garstecki research group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. My PhD research (2010-16) focused on development of automated and passive droplet microfluidic technologies for molecular diagnostics and microbiology. I conduct my research projects in collaboration with foreign research groups from the University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my PhD studies, I also worked as a scientific consultant for spin-off research companies: Scope Fluidics and Curiosity Diagnostics, that commercialize microfluidic technologies for medical diagnostics.
I have joined the Hollfelder group in January 2018 as Marie Skłodowka-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. The aim of my project is to develop new droplet microfluidic systems for directed evolution of microorganisms.
Interests: I enjoy going to the gym, as well as playing football and badminton. I also like watching sport, especially Premier League and NBA matches. My other hobbies include travelling and reading about history.

Selected publications

K. Churski, T. S. Kaminski, S. Jakiela, W. Kamysz, W.Baranska-Rybak, D. B. Weibel, P. Garstecki. Rapid screening of antibiotic toxicity in an automated microdroplet system. Lab On a Chip, 2012, 12, 1629 – 1637. Read online

T. S. Kaminski, S. Jakiela, M. Czekalska, W. Postek P. Garstecki. Automated and rapid generation of libraries of nL droplets. Lab on a Chip, 2012, 12, 3995-4002. Read online

S. Jakieła*, T. S. Kaminski* (*equal contribution), O. Cybulski, D.B. Weibel, P. Garstecki. Bacterial growth and adaptation in microdroplet chemostats. Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 8908-8911. Read online

M. Czekalska*, T. S. Kaminski* (*equal contribution), S. Jakiela, K. T. Sapra, H, Bayley, P. Garstecki. A droplet microfluidic system for sequential generation of lipid bilayers and transmembrane electrical recordings. Lab On a Chip, 2015, 15, 541-548. Read online

P. Debski, K. Gewartowski, M. Sulima, T. S. Kaminski, P. Garstecki. Rational design of digital assays. Analytical Chemistry, 2015, 87 (16), 8203–8209. Read online

L. Derzsi*, T. S. Kaminski* (*equal contribution), P. Garstecki. Antibiograms in five pipetting steps: precise dilution assays in sub-microliter volumes with a conventional pipette. Lab on a Chip, 2016,16, 893-901. Read online

O. Scheler, T. S. Kaminski, A. Ruszczak, P. Garstecki. Dodecylresorufin (C12R) outperforms resorufin in micro-droplet bacterial assays. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 11318–11325. Read online

T. S. Kaminski*, O. Scheler*, (*equal contribution),  P. Garstecki. Droplet microfluidics for microbiology: techniques, applications and challenges. Lab on a Chip, 2016,16, 2168-2187. Read online

W. Postek, T. S. Kaminski, P. Garstecki.  A passive microfluidic system based on step emulsification allows the generation of libraries of nanoliter-sized droplets from microliter droplets of varying and known concentrations of a sample. Lab on a Chip, 2017, 17, 1323-1331. Read online

T. S. Kaminski, P. Garstecki. Controlled droplet microfluidic systems for multistep chemical and biological assays. Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, 46, 6210-6226. Read online


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