Poland (Fulbright S&T awardee 2012)
Slawomir Wojcik is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry program at Yale University. In his investigations he focuses on biological molecules studied with biophysical tools like spectroscopies and microscopies. Conducting research on polypeptides’ misfolding, aggregation and amyloid formation – the processes connected with serious afflictions including Alzheimer, Parkinson or Huntington diseases – he co-authored several papers in this field. His goal as the recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award is to contribute to better understanding the molecular mechanisms of proteins’ conformational behavior which may be crucial for the development of therapeutic strategies directed against these, still incurable, diseases.
A native of Poland, he was a student at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at University of Warsaw where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He has also been participating as a volunteer co-organizer and instructor in scientific workshops for secondary school students conducted at his university and hometown high school.