Supervisors from Witold Stefański Institute of Parasitology



Bożena Moskwa studied Biology at the University of Warsaw, then earned her PhD at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2007 she received the title of professor. She is interested in the epidemiology, spread, morphology, diagnostics and biology of Trichinella spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Ashworthius sidemi infections in wildlife animals. In studying parasitic detection she has used classic parasitological methods as well as molecular techniques. She was involved as a coordinator in several national and international research projects (5th and 6th EU FP). She is a member of the Polish Parasitological Society and the International Commission on Trichinellosis.


Research interest:

Epidemiology, immunology, molecular detection of parasite, parasitology, diagnostics.


Major publications:

Cybulska A., Kornacka A., Popiolek M., Bien-Kalinowska J., Moskwa B. (2020). “Use of meat juice from racoons (Procyon lotor) collected from Central Europe for immunological detection of Trichinella spp”, Veterinary Parasitology.

Grzybek M., Cybulska A., Tołkacz K.,  Alsarraf M., Behnke-Borowczyk J., Szczepaniak K., Strachecka A.,  Paleolog J.,  Moskwa B., Behnke J. M., Bajer A. (2019). “Seroprevalence of Trichinella spp. infection in bank voles (Myodes glareolus) – A long term study”, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife.

Cybulska A., Skopek R., Kornacka A., Popiołek M., Piróg A., Laskowski Z., Moskwa B. (2018). “First detection of Trichinella pseudospiralis infection in raccoon (Procyon lotor) in Central Europe”, Veterinary Parasitology.

Moskwa B.,  Bień J.,  Cybulska A.,  Kornacka A.,  Krzysiak M.,  Cencek T.,  Cabaj W. (2017). “The first identification of a blood-sucking abomasal nematode Ashworthius sidemi in cattle (Bos taurus) using simple polymerase chain reaction (PCR)”, Veterinary Parasitology.

Moskwa B., Bień J., Kornacka A., Cybulska A., Goździk K., Krzysiak M.K.,  Reiterova K.,  Cabaj W. (2017). “First Toxoplasma gondii isolate from an aborted foetus of European bison (Bison bonasus bonasus L.)”, Parasitology Research.

Emilia Włóka earned her PhD at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw. In 2013-2014 she received the Prize of the Director of the Institute of Parasitology for her scientific achievements. She has participated in 28 training sessions dedicated to various laboratory techniques. She twice won an internal competition for young scientists at the Institute of Parasitology PAS (2012-2013 and 2013-2014), for the implementation of her own research project. Since 2014 she has been active as a local coordinator of the Science Festival (a science-communication event organized in Poland by scientists for people not related to science). In 2017, she implemented a research project on the impact of stress on the toxicity, metabolism and signaling of the entomopathogenic fungus Conidiobolus coronatus. Her research focuses on the use of insect cells, also cuticular components (lipids) and insecticidal fungi, to detect host infection strategies used by the pathogenic fungus. In recent years, her research has focused on investigating cuticle-degrading enzymes; enzymatic and nonenzymatic antioxidant mechanisms of insects and fungi during infection, as well as changes in fungal metabolic in the pathogenesis process.


Research Interests:

Fungal infection, stress adaptation, signaling pathway in fungi and insects, mitochondrial proteomics.

Major publications:

Boguś M.I., Ligeza-Zuber M., Polanska M.A. , Mosiewicz M., Włóka E., Sobocinska M. (2018). “Fungal infection causes changes in the number, morphology and spreading ability of Galleria mellonella haemocytes”, Physiological Entomology. 43: 214-226.

Wrońska A.K., Boguś M.I., Włóka E., Kazek M., Kaczmarek A.,  Zalewska K. (2018).  “Cuticular fatty acids of Galleria mellonella (Lepidoptera) inhibit fungal enzymatic activities of pathogenic Conidiobolus coronatus”, PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0192715.

Boguś M.I., Włóka E., Wrońska A., Kaczmarek  A., Kazek M., Zalewska K., Ligęza-Żuber M., Gołębiowski. (2016). “Cuticle Hydrolysis in Four Medically Important Fly Species by Enzymes of the Entomopathogenic Fungus Conidiobolus Coronatus”, Med Vet Entomol., 31:23-35.

Cerkowniak  M.,  Boguś M.I.,  Włóka E.,  Stepnowski P., Gołębiowski  M. (2020). “The composition of lipid profiles in different developmental stages of Dermestes ater and Dermestes maculatus and their susceptibility to the entomopathogenic fungus Conidiobolus coronatus”,  Phytoparasitica. 2020; 48: 247-260.

Włóka E. (2016). “The ability of the entomopathogenic fungus Conidiobolus coronatus to insect infection”, International Conference on Mycology & Mushrooms September 12-14, 2016 San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Włóka E. (2016). “Effect of cuticular compounds on the elastase activity of the entomapathogenic fungus Conidiobolus coronatus”, International Conference on Biochemistry October 10-12, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Grzegorz Karbowiak has been employed at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, since 1995. He earned his PhD in 2000, his DSc (habilitation) in 2010 at the same Institute, and in 2019 he received the tittle of professor. He spent a 6-month research fellowship at the CDC. He collaborates with many national and foreign institutions.


Research interests:

Structure of zoonotic foci of arthropod-borne and transmission diseases; parasitic arthropods; blood parasites.


Major publications:

Karbowiak G., Miklisová D., Stanko M., Werszko J., Hajdul-Marwicz M., Szewczyk T., Rychlik L. (2019). “The competition between immatures of Ixodes ricinus and Dermacentor reticulatus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) ticks for rodent hosts”, Journal of Medical Entomology, 56 (2): 448-452. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjy188.

Karbowiak G., Biernat B., Werszko J., Rychlik L. (2016). “The transstadial persistence of tick-borne encephalitis virus in Dermacentor reticulatus ticks in natural conditions”, Acta Parasitologica 61 (1): 201-203. doi: 10.1515/ap-2016-0028.

Karbowiak G., Víchová B., Slivinska K., Werszko J., Didyk J., Peťko B., Stanko M., Akimov I. (2014). “The infection of questing Dermacentor reticulatus ticks with Babesia canis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the Chernobyl exclusion zone”, Veterinary Parasitology 204 (3-4): 372-375. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.05.030.

Karbowiak G., Wita I., Rychlik L. (2005). “Trypanosoma (Megatrypanum) ornata sp. n., a parasite of the Eurasian Water Shrew Neomys fodiens (Pennant, 1771)”, Acta Protozoologica, 44 (4): 363 – 367.

Jakub Gawor graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the Agricultural University in Warsaw. He earned his PhD at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences (1993) and his DSc (habilitation) degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (2007). His current position is assistant professor at the Institute of Parasitology PAS. He is a member of European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP), an independent, not-for-profit organisation that promotes good practice for the control and treatment of parasites in companion animals. He is also the head of ESCCAP Poland, an association that operates at national level, providing advice to practicing veterinarians.


Research interests:

Parasitic diseases of companion and farm animals, parasitic zoonoses.


Major publications:

Laurimäe T. Kinkar L., Romig T., Umhang G., Casulli A., Omer R.A., Sharbatkhori M., Mirhendi H.,

Ponce-Gordo F., Lazzarini L., Viviana Soriano S., Varcasia A., Rostami-Nejad M., Andresiuk V.,

Maravilla P., Miguel Gonzalez L., Dybicz M., Gawor J., Šarkunas M., Šnabel V., Kuzmina T.,

Beigom Kia E., Saarma U. (2019). “Analysis of nad2 and nad5 enables reliable identification of

genotypes G6 and G7 within the species complex Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato”, Infect.

Genet. Evol., 74.

Slivinska K., Karbowiak G., Gawor J., Wróblewski Z., Jaworski Z., Jastrzębska E., Demeshkant V. (2018). “Parasitic fauna of Polish konik horses (Equus caballus gmelini Antonius) and their impact on

breeding: a review”, Anim. Health Res. Rev., 19, 162-165. doi: 10.1017/S1466252318000099.

Gawor J., Borecka A. (2017). “Quantifying the risk of zoonotic geohelminth infections for rural

household inhabitants in central Poland”, Ann. Agric. Environ. Med. 24, 44-48.

Sałamatin R., Kowal J., Nosal P., Kornaś S., Cielecka D., Jańczak D., Patkowski W., Gawor J.,

Kornyushin V., Gołąb E., Šnábel V. (2017). “Cystic echinococcosis in Poland: genetic variability and

the first record of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto (G1 genotype) in the country”,

Parasitol. Res. 116, 3077-3085.

Gawor J., Gromadka R., Zwijacz-Kozica T., Zięba F. (2017). “A modified method for molecular

identification of Baylisascaris transfuga in European brown bears (Ursus arctos)”, Parasitol. Res.

116, 3447-3452.


Justyna Bień-Kalinowska has been employed at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw since 2002. She is the author or co-author of a number of publications. She has bee  involved as a Principal Investigator in several national and international research projects (5th and 6th EU FP). She belongs to the Polish Parasitological Society and is also a member of the International Commission on Trichinellosis.

Her research interests focus on the parasites of free-living and domestic animals, their spread, morphology, diagnostics and biology, as well as on parasitic diseases caused by them, their pathology and treatment. An important research topic involves searching for potential markers for parasite diagnosis and immunoprotection against infection with Trichinella nematodes in animals and humans. Modern molecular and proteomic methods are used to obtain native and recombinant parasite proteins for specific diagnosis of trichinellosis.


Research interests:

Epidemiology, immunology, serological diagnosis of parasitic diseases.


Major publications:

Cabaj W., et al. (2020). Acta Parasitologica 65(2):354-360.

Grzelak S., et al. (2020). Veterinary Parasitology 17:109096.

Stachyra A., et al. (2019). Front in Immunology, 10:2420.

Grzelak S., et al. (2018). Parasite and Vectors, 11(1):584.

Bień J., et al. (2016). Acta Parasitologica, 61(2):429-42.

Bien J., et al. (2015). Folia Parasitologica (Praha), 62:2015.022.

Bien J., et al. (2013). Experimental Parasitology, 134(2):129-37.

Bien J., et al. (2012). Proteome Science, 10(1):10.


Piotr Wróblewski has been employed at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences since 2009. He is mainly involved in research on Microsporida and the impact of invasive alien species on aquatic native species. Since 2015 he has been is an assistant professor at the Institute, where he earned his PhD in biological sciences.


Research interests:

Parasitology, Microsporidia, ecology, molecular biology.


Major publications:

Bacela-Spychalska K., Wróblewski P., Mamos T., Grabowski M., Rigaud T., Wattier R.,  Rewicz T.,  Konopacka A., Ovcharenko M. (2018). “Europe-wide reassessment of Dictyocoela (Microsporidia) infecting native and invasive amphipods (Crustacea): molecular versus ultrastructural traits”, Scientific Reports. 8:8945, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-26879-3.

Anna Zawistowska-Denziak studied biotechnology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, then earned her PhD at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, testing the immunomodulatory properties of parasite antigens and analyzing protective immune responses in animals vaccinated against parasites. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at Leden University Medical Center, Department of Parasitology, investigating the effects and underlying mechanisms of helminth molecules on immune response using in vitro and in vivo models. She has been a PI of scientific projects focusing on the development of new diagnostic methods for parasite infections and projects related to host-parasite interaction on the immune-system level.


Research interest:

Immunology, parasitology, immunometabolism, autoimmune diseases, diagnostics.


Major publications:

J.P. van der Zande, Zawistowska-Deniziak A., Guigas B. (2019). “Immune Regulation of Metabolic Homeostasis by Helminths and Their Molecules”, Trends in Parasitology.

Długosz E., Basałaj K., Zawistowska-Deniziak A.  (2019). “Cytokine production and signalling in human THP-1 macrophages is dependent on Toxocara canis glycans”, Parasitol Res.; Wesołowska A., Basałaj K., Norbury L.J., Sielicka A., Wędrychowicz H., Zawistowska-Deniziak A. (2018). „Vaccination against Fasciola hepatica using cathepsin L3 and B3 proteases delivered alone or in combination”, Vet Parasitol.

Zawistowska-Deniziak A., Basałaj K., Strojny B.,  Młocicki D. (2017). “New Data on Human Macrophages Polarization by Hymenolepis diminuta Tapeworm — An In Vitro Study”, Frontiers in Immunology.


Zdzisław Laskowski is employed at the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he has been an associate professor 2015 and where he leads the research team on Biology, Systemics and Biogeography of Helminths in the Department of Ecology and Evolution of Parasitism. He earned his PhD from the Institute in 2003, with a dissertation on the “Analysis of phylogenetic relations among six species of Diplostomum”, and his DSc (habilitation) in biological sciences in the discipline of biology, with a specialty in parasitology, from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn in 2015, based on a series of publications on the “Occurrence of acanthocephalans in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic." He has participated in two Antarctic expeditions: to Ukraine’s Vernadsky Research Base located at Marina Point on Galindez Island of the Argentine Islands (the VII Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition), and Poland’s Henryk Arctowski Antarctic Station on King George Island, off the coast of Antarctica (the XXXII Antarctic Expedition).


Research interests:

Antarctic parasites, molecular parasitology, evolutions, molecular detection of parasites.


Major publications:

Hildebrand J., Sitko J., Zaleśny G., Jeżewski W., Zdzisław Laskowski Z. (2016). “Molecular characteristic of representatives of the genus Brachylecithum Strom, 1940 (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae) with comments of life cycle and host specificity”, Parasitology Research. 115(4):1417-25. doi: 10.1007/s00436-015-4875-3.

Laskowski Z., Zdzitowiecki K. (2017). “Acanthocephalans in Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic”, In: Klimpel S., Kuhn T., Mehlhorn H. (eds) Biodiversity and Evolution of Parasitic Life in the Southern Ocean. pp 141-182 Parasitology Research Monographs, vol. 9. 141-182 Springer, Cham.,

Pyziel A.M, Laskowski Z., Demiaszkiewicz A.W., Höglund J. (2017). “Interrelationships of Dictyocaulus spp. in Wild Ruminants with Morphological Description of Dictyocaulus cervi n. sp. (Nematoda: Trichostrongyloidea) from Red Deer, Cervus elaphus”, Journal of Parasitology 103(5): 506-518. 2017,

Werszko J., Szewczyk T., Steiner-Bogdaszewska Ż., Karbowiak G., Laskowski Z. (2019). “Molecular detection of Megatrypanum trypanosomes in tabanid flies”, Medical and Veterinary Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/mve.12409.

Hildebrand J., Pyrka E., Sitko J., Jeżewski W., Zaleśny G., Tkach V., Laskowski Z. (2019). “Molecular phylogeny provides new insights on the taxonomy and composition of Lyperosomum Looss, 1899 (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae) and related genera”, International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 9, 90-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2019.03.020.

Pyziel A. M., Demiaszkiewicz A. W., Klich D., Laskowski Z. (2019). “A morphological and molecular comparison of Eimeria bovis-like oocysts (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from European bison, Bison bonasus L., and cattle, Bos taurus L., and the development of two multiplex PCR assays for their identification”, Veterinary Parasitology. 275, DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2019.08.011.