Jan.Rodriguez@if-pan.krakow.pl, tel.: +4812 6623328

CURRENT POSITION:
Head of the Laboratory of Transgenic Models
at the Department of Molecular Neuropharmacology
of the Institute of Pharmacology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Smętna 12, 31-343, Krakow, Poland

EDUCATION:
1996 Graduated from the Wroclaw University of Technology
2001 PhD from the Wroclaw University of Technology,“Cloning and characterization of the juvenile hormonebinding protein from G. mellonella” (with Prof. Marian Kochman).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
2002Post-doc at the Institute of Pharmacology PAS in Krakow with Prof. RyszardPrzewłocki
2005Post-doc at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg with Prof. GüntherSchütz
2009Post-doc at the Institute of Pharmacology PAS in Krakow with Prof. RyszardPrzewłocki
2012 Head of the Laboratory of Transgenic Models at the Institute of Pharmacology PAS in Krakow

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
My research is focused on the reward system of the brain. My laboratory uses genetically modified mice with selective ablations of glutamate receptors in monoaminergic or dopaminocetpive neurons to test behaviors that model reinforcement, assess executive functions or resemble symptoms of affective disorders. We are also interested in the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs, in particular the role of drug-induced gene expression in neurons.

GRANTS AND AWARDS:
I have been awarded 6 grants from the Polish National Science Centre and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. I am the adviser in 2 students’ grants. In 2010 a paper where I shared equal main contribution was awarded the Konorski Prize and nominated Polish FENS Highlight.

PUBLICATIONS:
I am the author or co-author of 32 original papers, one review and over 60 conference presentations.