Team Leader

Dr hab. Joanna Boncela, prof. IBM PAN

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  • 2013 ‐ DSc Habil in Medical Biology, Medical University of Lodz
  • 2001 ‐ PhD in Medical Biology, Medical University of Lodz
  • 1994 ‐ MSc in Biological Sciences, University of Lodz

Current and previous employment

  • IMB PAS, Lodz
  • 2018 ‐ up to now ‐ Head of Laboratory of Cellular Signaling
  • 2013 ‐ up to now ‐ associate professor
  • 2004 ‐ 2013 ‐ assistant professor
  • Centre for Microbiology and Virology, PAS, Lodz,
  • 1994‐2004 – research assistant/assistant professor

Other function:

  • 2019-2023 Member of Committee on Molecular Biology of the Cell, Polish Academy of Sciences; Division II Biological and Agricultural Sciences;  elected by polish scientific community
  • 2019 ‐ up to now ‐ Member of The Advisory Board of BioChemMed, PhD interdisciplinary school (established by Institutes of Polish Academy of Science and University of Lodz), recommended by Director and Scientific Council of IBM PAS
  • 2013-up to now – Member of the Scientific Council of IMB PAS
  • 2019 ‐ up to now ‐ Member of The Reviewer Board of Cancers Journal, 
  • 2021- up to now, Member of The Editorial Board of Frontiers in Oncology
  • Ad hock Reviewer (2020-2023): Molecular Oncology, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles, Cancers, Frontiers in Oncology, BMC Cancer, BMC Molecular and Cell Biology, Cells, Molecules, Life Science, FEBS Journal, Cancer Communication

Participation in projects:

  • Principal investigator
    3 projects financed by Polish Ministry of Science and National Science Centre, the Polish‐ Norwegian Research conducted under Programme The Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009‐2014  
  • Investigator
    13 projects financed by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research, Polish Ministry of Science, and National Science Centre (2003-2022)
  • Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Programme Innovative Economy. POIG.01.01.02-10-107/09, (.2010-.2013)
  • HARC – Healthy Ageing Research Centre (FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1)
  • MolMed – Centre of Excellence in Molecular Medicine (FP5)

Scientific training:

  • May 2007 –scientific training (PAI‐1 and PAI‐2 assay) in the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umea University, Umea, Sweden.
  • October 2009 ‐ scientific training (gene constructs for transgenic mice) in Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznan


  • Post-docs – one postdocs 2013-2017
  • Ph.D. students – two dissertation finished in 2021 and 2022
  • M.Sc. students- 5 finished master’s thesis (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

International colaboration:

  • Prof. Paul Declerck, Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytopharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, K U Leuven, Belgium – resulted in 2 papers in Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2005 and Biochemistry. 2005

  • Prof. Tor Ny, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umea University, Umea, Sweden – resulted in the preparation of  Opus 1

  • Prof. Donald Gullberg, Department of Biomedicine, Bergen, Norway – resulted in the establishment of a research consortium and implementation of the Polish-Norwegian project,, Molecular Mechanism of Tissue Fibrosis” MOMENTO (2013-2017)

  • Prof. Stephane Brezilion, Matrice Extracellulaire et Dynamique Cellulaire (MEDyC), Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne, Laboratoire de Biochimie Médicale et de Biologie Moléculaire, Reims, France. – resulted in a joint paper,, Lumican Inhibits SNAIL-Induced Melanoma Cell Migration Specifically by Blocking MMP-14 Activity “Plos One,  2016

  • Prof. Steven Ballet, Departments of Chemistry and Bioengineering Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium – resulted in a joint paper,,Neuromedin U induces an invasive phenotype in CRC cells expressing the NMUR2 receptor” published  in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, (2021)


  • J.K.Parnas’ Prize for the best biochemical research carried out in a Polish laboratory – 2001
  • the Scientific Award of Director of Centre of Microbiology and Virology for PhD dissertation – 2001
  • the Collective Award of Health’s Minister for scientific research – 2006, 
  • the Award of Lodz PAS President and Rectors of Lodz Universities ‐2006
  • ISTH fellowship Geneva (2007) and (Kyoto) 2011
  • the Collective Award of Rector of Medical University of Lodz for scientific research -2018,2022
  • the Scientific Award of Director of Institute of Medical Biology PAS ‐ 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022