Virology Group

Welcome to Virology Group at University of Gdansk

part of Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology
of University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk

Former Department of Virology consists of two teams:

  • Laboratory of Virus Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory or Recombinant Vaccines
About us


8th European Congress of Virology (ECV) is Europe’s largest virology congress, attended by European scientists working in various fields of virology. The Congress takes place every 3 years.

The European Society of Virology entrusted prof. Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk organization of the reunion in 2022, but due to the ongoing pandemic, the date was postponed to 2023. The congress was co-hosted by prof. Thomas Mettenleiter, President of the Friedrich Loeffler Network of Research Institutes (FLI) in Germany and WHO expert.

The Congress was held at the Baltic Philharmonic on May 4-7, 2023. Almost 650 participants took part in the conference and shared their scientific experience and knowledge during interesting talks and poster sessions.


We are pleased to announce that our collegue Gabriela Brzuska has defended her doctoral dissertation entitled „Recombinant virus-like particles as potential vaccine candidates against Zika virus” and earned PhD degree on 2.12.2022. Gabriela Brzuska conducted her work in the Laboratory of Recombinant Vaccines under the supervision of dr hab. Ewelina Król, prof. UG. Congratulations!

The teams collaborate very closely, share the laboratories, equipment, expertise , teaching activities and research interests.


The projects dedicated to fundamental virology and applied research are run by both teams. The model viruses include herpesviruses, hepatitis C virus (HCV) , influenza virus (IAV), tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), Zika virus, Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and coronaviruses (SARS-CoV-2).


Virus-host cell interactions, including mechanism of virus entry and spread , mechanism of immune evasion, interaction of viral and cellular proteins are the main interests of Virus Molecular Biology group. The topics investigated in Recombinant Vaccines Laboratory include construction of vaccines, development of anti-virals, sequencing and analysis of viral genomes and application of viruses as biopesticides.

About us


Most of virology teaching is performed in English. The teaching program includes lectures in Molecular Virology, seminars for bachelor and MSc studies, laboratory classes (for selected groups). Each year 6 – 8 MSc experimental projects are conducted in our laboratories.


Individual training for outstanding students is available. 25 PhD virology projects were completed in our teams.

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Technologies and expertise:

  • Construction of viral mutants
  • Expression of viral ( and other ) genes in: bacteria, baculovirus/ insect cell system, mammalian cells, parasite Leishmania LEXSY system
  • Construction and production of viral vectors: herpesvirus, baculovirus, retroviruses, adenoviruses
  • Construction of cell lines stably expressing foreign genes
  • Production and purification of recombinant proteins for research and practical (vaccines, diagnostic tests) purposes
  • Confocal laser microscopy analysis
  • HCV specific techniques (pseudoparticles, HCVcc)
  • Real-time PCR
  • Next generation sequencing

Meet the team
Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk
Prof. dr hab. Bogusław Szewczyk

About us