Faculty of Biology

Dean – Prof. Przemysław Wojtaszek

The Faculty of Biology is one of the fifteen faculties of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU). It achieved its present institutional form in 1984, but natural sciences were always present at AMU since the very origin of the University in 1919. Today, the Faculty is organized into four institutes: Anthropology, Experimental Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Environmental Biology. These are further divided into 27 departments and five laboratories. In addition, there are also six central laboratories, four of which host core facilities of the Faculty (isotopic lab, electron and confocal microscopy lab, molecular biology techniques lab, and phytotron facility), one that groups all the natural collections, and one that specializes in educational issues. At present, the Faculty comprises more than 300 employees with roughly 200 academic staff. Its strength is built around ca. 40 full professors and 40 AMU professors; 1400 students, studying various full-time or extramural study programs, together with 150 PhD students, complement the whole community. The Faculty is seated in Collegium Biologicum, part of the state-funded state-of-the-art AMU Morasko campus located on the outskirts of Poznań.

The Faculty of Biology AMU offers an outstanding research environment coupled with world-class state-of-the art infrastructure. The Faculty staff has been engaged in EU FP6/FP7 funded research projects, such as AEROTOP, MONALISA, FUNGEN, CONTRASTRESS, EURASNET, EVOLGEN, HIALINE; the Marie Curie Actions. Moreover our research projects were supported by the Norwegian financial mechanism, European Structural Funds, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Science Centre and Foundation for Polish Science. In May 2014 “Poznań RNA Centre” formed by the Faculty of Biology AMU in Poznań together with the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences received a status of Leading National Research Centre – first of only two such institutions in biological sciences in Poland.

In August 2014 we open recruitment for students wishing to acquire M.Sc. in Biotechnology. This program continues the successful study program established within a framework of the UNIKAT project co-funded by the European Union within the European Social Fund. For more details see – www.unikat.amu.edu.pl. These studies emphasize molecular biology, genetics, gene therapy and systems biology approaches, and aim to give practical training and advanced knowledge in bioeconomy and biotechnology legislation.