The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences is one of the leading scientific units in Poland. Its exceptionality across Europe and even the whole world is proven by multi-faceted activities at the interface of three sciences: chemistry, biology and informatics. It is a place where interdisciplinary studies encompassing such fields as bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, systems biology, synthetic biology and bioinformatics are conducted; and in particular – research on the synthesis, structure and function of nucleic acids, and proteins along with their components, as well as their mutual interactions in model and cellular conditions.
The Institute’s history dates back to 1969 when the Department of Stereochemistry of Natural Products within the Institute of Organic Chemistry, PAS was established. Subsequently in 1980, it was transformed into an independent Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS and finally in 1988, reorganized into the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, PAS.
Together with Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, affiliated to IBCH PAS, the Institute currently hires over 550 employees, including ca. 100 scientists (22 full professors and 25 associate professors). There are more than 100 Ph.D. students participating in the Partnership-based Doctoral Program of IBCH PAS, accomplishing their dissertations at IBCH PAS and other institutes of the PAS. The Institute is authorized to confer PhD and DSc (habilitation) degrees in chemistry, within two disciplines: chemistry and biochemistry.
IBCH PAS is comprised of 30 research departments, supported by 10 specialized laboratories offering high-class infrastructure. Other significant components within the Institute’s framework are the PAS Center for Science, Scientific Publishers, Guest Rooms and the Library. Moreover, jointly with the Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, the Institute created the European Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics, which is a unique initiative in our country.