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Jan Łyczakowski, PhD

room: B105 (3.0.33)

phone: + 48 12 664 63 47

e-mail: jan.lyczakowski@uj.edu.pl

Research interests

- biochemistry and molecular architecture of wood

- biosynthesis of primary and secondary cell wall polysaccharides in trees

- impact of environmental signals on the process of wood biosynthesis

- use of cell wall polysaccharides for the manufacturing of biodegradable plastics

- use of lignocellulosic biomass in industrial processes

Awards and research grants

2019 – 2022 NCN SONATINA3 Environment driven variation in the molecular architecture of softwood

2018 Cambridge Society for the Application of Research PhD student award for applied research

2014 – 2018 PhD at the University of Cambridge founded by BBSRC DTP

2014 Charles River Laboratories Prize for top biotechnology student at the University of Edinburgh

2012 Nuffield Foundation and BBSRC funded scholarship to work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich


Lyczakowski JJ, Bourdon M, Terrett OM, Helariutta Y, Wightman R, Dupree P. 2019. Structural Imaging of Native Cryo-Preserved Secondary Cell Walls Reveals the Presence of Macrofibrils and Their Formation Requires Normal Cellulose, Lignin and Xylan Biosynthesis, Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 (1398) 

Terrett OM, Lyczakowski JJ, Yu L, Iuga D, Franks TW, Brown SP, Dupree R, Dupree P. 2019. Molecular architecture of softwood revealed by solid-state NMR, Nature Communications, 10 (4978)

Santos AC, Morais ABM, Terrett OM, Lyczakowski JJ, Zanphorlin LM, Ferreira-Filho JA, Tonoli CCC, Murakami MT, Dupree P, Souza AP. 2019. An engineered GH1 β-glucosidase displays enhanced glucose tolerance and increased sugar release from lignocellulosic materials, Scientific Reports, 9 (4903)

Yu L, Lyczakowski JJ, Pereira CS, Kotake T, Yu X, Li A, Mogelsvang S, Skaf MS, Dupree P. 2018. The patterned structure of galactoglucomannan suggests it may bind to cellulose in seed mucilage, Plant Physiology, 178 (1011)

Grantham NJ, Wurman-Rodrich J, Terrett OM, Lyczakowski JJ, Stott K, Iuga D, Simmons TJ, Durand-Tardif M, Brown SP, Dupree R, Busse-Wicher M, Dupree P. 2017. An even pattern of xylan substitution is critical for interaction with cellulose in plant cell walls, Nature Plants, 3 (11)

Lyczakowski JJ, Wicher KB, Terrett OM, Faria-Blanc N, Yu X, Brown D, Krogh KBRM, Dupree P, Busse-Wicher M.  2017. Removal of glucuronic acid from xylan is a strategy to improve the conversion of plant biomass to sugars for bioenergy, Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10 (224)

Best RJ, Lyczakowski JJ, Abalde-Cela S, Yu Z, Abell C, Smith AG. 2016. Label-Free Analysis and Sorting of Microalgae and Cyanobacteria in Microdroplets by Intrinsic Chlorophyll Fluorescence for the Identification of Fast Growing Strains, ACS Analytical Chemistry, 88 (21)

Busse-Wicher M, Grantham NJ, Lyczakowski JJ, Nikolovski N, Dupree P. 2016. Xylan decoration patterns and the plant secondary cell wall molecular architecture, Biochem. Soc. Trans., 44 (1)

Lewicka AJ, Lyczakowski JJ (co-first authors) et al. 2014. Fusion of Pyruvate Decarboxylase and Alcohol Dehydrogenase Increases Ethanol Production in Escherichia coli, ACS Synth. Bio., 3 (12)