prof. Marek Sawczuk

marek.sawczuk@awf.gda.pl

ORCID: 0000-0002-5730-5249

ResearchGate profile

Education

2015 habilitation in Physical Culture Science – University of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk, Poland, Subject of habilitation thesis: Relationship between polymorphisms of ADRA2A, ADRB1, ADRB2, BDKRB2, GNB3, MCT1 candidate genes and phenotype of Polish elite athletes

2004 PhD in Biological Sciences – University of Szczecin, Poland, Dissertation: Identification and differentiation of Babesia microti and Babesia divergens DNA isolated from Ixodes ricinus

2001 MS in Biological Sciences – University of Szczecin, Poland, Master’s thesis: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a method of Babesia microti identification in Ixodes ricinus

Employment

since 2007 associate professor – University of  Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk, Poland

since 2019 associate professor – University of Szczecin, Poland

since 2016 associate professor – University of  Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk, Poland

2016-2017 associate professor – University of Szczecin, Poland

2004-2015 assistant professor – University of Szczecin, Poland 2002–2004 lecturer – University of Szczecin, Poland

Functions

since 2019 Director of postgraduate studies Start for Ph.D. in Sport & Fitness Sciences at Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland

since 2019 Head of Department of Psychology, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland

2015-2019 Deputy Dean of Research of Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland

2008-2019 Head of Department of Health Psychology, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland

since 2003 Tutor of the Psychological Club for StudentsPsychActiv” at Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland

Trainings and Qualifications

2016-2017 Head of Department of Molecular Biology, University of Szczecin, Poland

2016-2017 Head of Laboratory of Genetics, Center for Human Structural and Functional Analyses, Szczecin, Poland

Membership in scientific organizations and editorial broads of journals

Since 2002 member of Polish Society of Genetics

Since 2013 member of International Scientific Society of Sports Games

Since 2013 member of Editorial Board of the journal “Pedagogics, psychology, medical-biological problems of physical training and sports”

Awards

2002-2012 1st, 2nd and 3rd  degree Rector’s awards for Scientific Achievement – University of Szczecin, Poland (5 times)

2015-2016 Rector’s Congratulatory Letter Recipient for Scientific Achievement, University of Szczecin, Poland (2 times)

Scientific cooperation with other scientific institutions

06-07.2018, 09-11.2018 – Scientific Training at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (cooperation with prof. Miroslav Petr and prof. Petr Stastny)

Since 2012 Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)/ Institute of Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, Genes and performance research group (cooperation with prof. Nir Eynon and prof Kathryn North)

Since 2012 UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Identification of genetic risk factors of musculoskelatal soft tissue injuries (cooperation with prof. Malcolm Collins and prof. Alison September)

Since 2013 Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Genome-wide association study (GWAS) of elite athletes

Participation in research projects funded under regional, national and international funding

2017-2020 National Science Centre, Poland: Genotypic, haplotypic analyses and methylation of selected genes in the context of dopaminergic theory of motivation to act and seeking strong sensations in athletes training various sports disciplines (Opus 11, 2016/21/B/NZ7/01068) – Researcher

2012-2016 National Science Centre, Poland: Influence of polymorphisms of selected genes (ACE, AMPD1, ATP1A2, HIF1, PPARD, GABPB1, VEGF, PPARG, ACTN3, IGF1, IL5, TNF) on post training adaptation in humans (Opus 4, 2012/07/B/NZ7/01155) – Researcher

2008-2011 Polish Committee for Scientific Research/National Science Centre, Poland: Polymorphism of selected candidate genes as a base for DNA profiling of athletes. (NN 404 166334) – Research Director

Other activities

2019 Cofounder of Allegen  (an innovative Start-up that provides services in the field of genetic testing of athletes and physically active people)

Scientific achievements (selected publications)

85 scientific papers published in Journals with Impact Factor (total of 160 IF)

H-index – Scopus 20, Google Scholar 25

Total citations – Scopus 1102, Google Scholar 1760

Peer-reviewed Articles with IF: 12

Participation in Scientific Conferences: 50

Research interest

Sport Genetics – genetic determinants of physical performance Nutritional Genomics – relationship between human genome and nutrition and its impact on people health

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