Maciej Rybiński – a new member of WELCOME2 nutrigenomics group

Maciej Rybiński has been selected for the PhD student positions at Prof. Carsen Carlberg’s team to work on the computer analysis of biological data.

What is the focus of your research?

The main focus of my research is bioinformatic analysis of sequencing data. During my master’s thesis, I was involved in the bioinformatics analysis of bacteria from Antarctic environments where I was responsible for performing taxonomic analysis based on the 16 S/RNA gene.

What organizations/institutions have your studied or worked in?

This year I graduated in molecular biotechnology from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.

What do you consider the greatest achievement in your career so far?

My greatest scientific achievement was my participation and presentation of a poster at the XXVI International Conference of Student Circles in Wrocław, Poland. I presented the results of taxonomic analyses of bacterial communities isolated from an inaccessible cave and a post-mining reservoir with a very low Ph. I was awarded 3. place in the section for presenting the results of these analyses.

What was your motivation to join WELCOME2 team?

My motivation was the desire to develop in the fields of bioinformatics. I felt that the project offered me a great opportunity to broaden my skills on also a potentially more challenging research ground. What’s more, I’m positive that the activities and outcomes of WELCOME2 will bring a lot of valuable knowledge to the society, contributing to improved health and lifestyle choices, and it’s always a good feeling when you can play a part to something like this.

What are your research goals to pursue in the near future?

I want to develop my skills in analysing much larger sequencing data. I will practice creating visualisations and working on other tools used in computer analysis of biological data. I want to master working with this type of data so that I can present it in scientific articles with a clear conscience.

What are your outside of work interests?

I’m interested in all activities in nature, camping in the forests, traveling by bicycle on tours in the wild areas of Warmia and Mazury. Photographing wildlife also gives me pleasure. In addition, I recreationally practice archery, which is an extremely calming activity. Besides, I like learning about the history of the area I visit.

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