The Stawinski Research Group

SU logo
 
 
 
JS Photo





Professor

Jacek Stawinski



Stockholm University

Department of Organic Chemistry

js@organ.su.se
 

Degree/Titles

  • M.Sc. Chemistry (1968), A. Mickiewicz University, (UAM), Poznan, Poland
  • Ph.D. (1974) Organic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • Habilitation (1982) Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • Professor of Chemistry (1994) (the title conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland)

Posts held

  • 1968-1969, Assistant, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • 1969-1974, Graduate School, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1974-1976, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (with Prof. Saran A. Narang), Canada
  • 1976-1982, Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
  • 1982-1984, Associate Professor, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
  • 1984-1986, Visiting Scientist, Stockholm University, Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1986-          At present, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University, Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

Visiting Professorships

  • 1986 Visiting Professor, Gesellschaft fur Biotechnologische Forschung mbH, Braunschweig, Germany
  • 1988 Visiting Professor, University of Montpellier, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Montpellier, France
  • 1991 Visiting Professor, University of Montpellier, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Montpellier, France

Background

Jacek Stawinski  received his early education at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. He began research in nucleic acid chemistry working with Prof. Maciej Wiewiorowski at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan. After earning his Ph.D. degree in 1974 he spent two years (1974-1976) as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. S. A. Narang at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, working on the development of new methods for the chemical synthesis of DNA fragments. By constructing a regulatory gene, lac operator, it was shown for the first time that a chemically synthesized DNA fragment  posseses in vivo biological activity equivalnt to that of a natural counterpart.  These investigations he continued at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, where in 1982 he obtained Dr. hab. degree (habilitation). Two years latter he left the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry for the University of Stockholm, Department of Organic Chemistry, where he is now Professor of Organic Chemistry.

Research Activity

Professor Stawinski's research is in bioorganic chemistry of nucleic acids and include :
  • Organic chemistry of nucleic acids and their components
  • Chemistry and stereochemistry of H-phosphonates and their analogues derived from phosphorus containing natural products
  • Synthetic and mechanistic studies connected with enzymatic transfer of modified phosphate functions
  • Synthesis of nucleoside, nucleotide, and oligonucleotide analogues of biological and therapeutical importance (antiviral and antitumor agents)
  • Structural studies of short oligonucleotides and their analogues in solution and in solid state with the special emphasis on the role of chirality at the phosphorus centre on the conformation and the hydration pattern
  • Phospholipids
  • Bioorganic phosphorus chemistry

Field of expertise

Nucleic acid and bioorganic phosphorus chemistry (Publications List). Ph.D. thesis from the Nucleic Acids & Bioorganic Phosphorus Chemistry research group.

Family Life

He is married to Krystyna and have two daughters, Joanna and Agata.
With his wife Krystyna, Jacek find relaxation in hiking, bird watching, listening classical music and jazz. Photography, which during his school years inspired his interest in chemistry, is still his favourite hobby. He ski and play tennis regularly.