Connecting European Neuroscience

Daniel Wojcik

Ordinary member, Committee on Higher Education and Training (CHET) (July 2018 - July 2020)

Curriculum Vitae                                                  

Professional and academic career

Present positions:

Full Professor, Head of Graduate School, and Head of Laboratory of Neuroinformatics in the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland.                                           

Academic degrees

03/2015 Professorship, Nencki Institute (nomination by the President of Poland)

06/2008 Habilitation (D. Sc.), Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

10/2000 Ph. D (with distinction), Dept. Of Physics, University of Warsaw

06/1996 M. Sc. (with distinction), Dept. Of Physics, University of Warsaw.

Past positions:

07/2010-05/2015 Associate Professor

11/2003-06/2010 Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Visual System

10/2002-10/2003 Joseph Ford Fellow, Center for Nonlinear Science, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

11/2000-09/2002 Research Associate, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

06/1996-10/2000 Research Assistant, Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Honours and awards

since 2015 - Scientific Board of the Nencki Institute, member

since 2015 - Editor, Neuroinformatics (invited)

2016 - invited lecture at the Lithuanian Society for Neuroscience meeting

2016 - Featured Oral, Computational Neuroscience meeting, CNS 2016, Jeju, South Korea

2015 - Workshop Oral, INCF Congress, Cairns, Australia

Invited lectures at multiple other workshops and schools (e.g. Baltic-Nordic Neuroinformatics School 2015-8, Open Source Brain 2014, 26th Smoluchowski Symposium on Stat Phys. 2013, 17th and 18th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2012 and 2013, 6th European School of Neuroengineering 2012)

2005 - Award of the Director of the Nencki Institute

2002-3 Joseph Ford Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology

General administrative and organisational experience

2015-2017 Organization for Computational Neuroscience, Director (elected)

2015-2018 Scientific Board of the Nencki Institute, member

2011-2018 Polish Academy of Sciences, Neurobiology Committee, Member (elected)

2011-2015 Polish Society for Neuroscience, Governing Board Member and Treasurer (elected)

2007-2017 International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Polish Representative at the INCF Governing Board (government nominated)

Workshop organizer and speaker, PC member at Polish Society for Neuroscience (PTBUN) Congresses (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

2015 - NAMASEN Workshop on Electrophysiology and Neuroengineering, Gdańsk, Poland (co-organizer)

2012 - Symposium „Modeling what you can measure”, 5 INCF Congress, Munich, Germany (co-organizer)

2012 - 1st INCF Workshop on Validation of Data-Analysis Methods, Stockholm, Sweden (co-organizer)

2011 - Symposium "Towards multimodal modeling" at 20th Computational Neuroscience Meeting CNS*2011

Expertise in national or international training of students

Since 2015 - Head of the Graduate School of the Nencki Institute (~200 PhD students). Promoted 6 PhD students (5 summa cum laude). Organized two meetings of Heads and Administration of all graduate schools of Polish Academy of Sciences in all fields of research (2016, 2017)

2015-2018 Baltic-Nordic School of Neuroinformatics (BNNI), speaker, Scientific Board member; 2016 BNNI Warsaw, Poland - local organizer

2011-2013 FENS Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience, Bedlewo, Poland - local organizer and speaker (2012-2013)

Teaching experience:

2003-2009 Lecturer, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Guest lectures during several courses in Georgia Tech (Atlanta, USA), University of Maryland (College Park, USA), College of Science (Warsaw, Poland)

1996-2000 Teaching Assistant, College of Science, Warsaw, Poland

1994-1996 Teaching Assistant, University of Warsaw, Department of Physics.

Research interests

In the Laboratory of Neuroinformatics ( at the Nencki Institute we are developing and applying new methods for analysis of neural data, from electrophysiology, through imaging, to behavior. An important part of our activity is the development of neuroinformatics infrastructure for storage and processing of histological information and the creation of histology-based 3D brain atlases from different input sources (, I am particularly interested in relating activity of the system to the measurement and model-based validation of analytical methods, bridging modeling, data analysis and experiment. Our main contributions are in current source density analysis in electrophysiology but we apply similar approaches to behavioral and imaging data, for instance, integrating data from whole brain light sheet fluorescence imaging.                                                                                            

Selected Publications

P. Majka, N. Chlodzinska, K. Turlejski, T. Banasik, R. L. Djavadian, W. P. Węglarz, D. K. Wójcik: A threedimensional stereotaxic atlas of the gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) brain. Brain Structure and Function 223 (2018) 1779-1795

D. Cserpan, D. Meszena, L. Wittner, K. Toth, I. Ulbert, Z. Somogyvari, D. K. Wójcik: Revealing The Distribution Of Transmembrane Currents Along The Dendritic Tree Of A Neuron With Known Morphology From Extracellular Recordings. eLife (2017) 6:e29384

P. Majka, T. A. Chaplin, Hsin-Hao Yu, A. Tolpygo, P. P. Mitra, D. K. Wójcik, M. G. P. Rosa: Towards a comprehensive atlas of cortical connections in a primate brain: workflow for mapping tracer injection studies of the common marmoset into a reference digital template. Journal of Comparative Neurology 524 (2016) 2161-81

T. V. Ness, C. Chintaluri, J. Potworowski, S. Łęski, H. Głąbska, D. K. Wójcik, G. T. Einevoll: Modelling and analysis of neural electrical potentials recorded in microelectrode arrays (MEAs), Neuroinformatics 13:4 (2015), 403-426

H. Głąbska, J. Potworowski, S. Łęski, D. K. Wójcik Independent components of neural activity carry information on individual populations, PLOS ONE 9 (2014) e105071

E. Knapska, V. Lioudyno, A. Kiryk, M. Mikosz, T. Gorkiewicz, P. Michaluk, M. Gawlak, M. Chaturvedi, G. Mochol, M. Balcerzyk, D. K. Wójcik, G. M. Wilczyński, L. Kaczmarek Reward learning requires activity of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the central amygdala J. Neuroscience 33 (2013) 14591-14600

J. Potworowski, W. Jakuczun, S. Łęski, D. K. Wójcik Kernel Current Source Density Method, Neural Computation 24 (2012) 541-575.

M. J. Hunt, M. Falinska, D. K. Wójcik, S. Łęski, S. Kasicki Differential effects produced by ketamine on oscillatory activity recorded in the rat hippocampus and nucleus accumbens (2011) J. Psychopharmacology 25 (2011) 808-821

G. Mochol, D. K. Wójcik, M. Wypych, A. Wróbel, W. J. Waleszczyk Variability of visual responses of the superior colliculus neurons corresponds to their velocity preferences J. Neurosci. 30 (2010) 3199-320.

Daniel Wójcik

Laboratory of Neuroinformatics, Head
Graduate School, Head
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Pasteura 3
02-093 Warszawa,