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Piotr Jachimowicz


I am currently a PhD student in the discipline of environmental engineering, mining, and energy at the Department of Biotechnology in Environmental Protection. The subject of my research is determining the fate of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants and assessing its impact on microbial communities.


My greatest achievements include nominations in the Student Nobel 2019 competition in the category of natural sciences and energy organized by the Independent Students’ Association. In terms of my doctorate, in order to gain skills in the field of detecting microplastics, I was able to receive a six-month scholarship from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, which I carried out at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden. This trip allowed me to work in an interdisciplinary team, learn critical thinking, and broaden my horizons.

During my studies, I was able to act as the head of a research project entitled “Występowanie zjawiska lekooporności u bakterii wyizolowanych z powietrza na terenie obiektów komunalnych” (The occurrence of drug resistance in bacteria isolated from air in communal facilities) under the Student Grant of the Rector of UWM implemented at the Department of Environmental Microbiology. In order to develop my interests concerning the ecology of microorganisms and environmental biotechnology, I have participated on multiple occasions in international internships (Czech Republic, Spain, Germany) and summer schools (Iceland, China). The opportunity to work with foreign scientists allows to discover the best laboratory practices used in these countries and acquire potential collaborators for future research projects.

I’ve always dealt with science concerning basic research, and that is why I was concerned about whether to apply for the Business Academy. However, I’ve decided that every scientist or research team constitutes a form of a micro-enterprise that should be able to communicate properly, create its own image, and be correctly managed. That is why the program’s thematic block, which concerned personal development, design thinking, and commercialization of research results, was a great advantage. Currently, when planning future career goals related to science, I want them to be applicable and close to the economic environment.