Tadeusz Malinski

Prof. Malinski is an outstanding Polish scientist, world pioneer in the field of nanomedicine, twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in chemistry and medicine. He also developed new technologies and nanosystems for non-destructive art works analysis. He works with the biggest auction houses in the world for which he conducts appraisals.

Professor Tadeusz Malinski was born in Srem, Poland, in 1946. Between 1964 and 1969, he studied chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. In 1969, he started to work as an assistant in the research team lead by professor Kazimierz Kapitanczyk at the new Faculty of Chemical Technology at Polytechnic School of Poznan. He focused his research on the use of electrochemical methods to study the effects of rheology and the viscosity of blood substitutes.

Professor Malinski defended his PhD thesis in 1975 at Polytechnin School of Poznan. In 1979, he was invited to work in a research team of professor Philip Elving at Michigan University in Ann Arbor. Prof. Elving was the first to use electrochemical methods to study DNA and biological processes and he created a new branch of electrochemistry, namely bioelectrochemistry. He was also the precursor of biotechnology. Professor Malinski came back to United States in 1981 as a guest of Houston University in Texas. He worked there for a few years as Assistant Professor. He led a research laboratory dealing with metalloporphyrin’s characteristics and their potential application in biotechnology and in the photodynamic therapy of cancer. In 1983, he received a professorship at Oakland University. He built there laboratories for the production of new biomaterials used in bioelectronics, bioelectrochemistry and in systems used in medicine. In 2000, he received a professorship “Marvin & Ann Dilley White Chair” and became a head of the research department in biomedical research. In 2006, he obtained the prestigious academic title of Distinguished Professor. For the last few years he was the Director of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University, where he now leads his laboratories.

Professor Malinski has been a guest lecturer at more than 120 universities around the world – including 65 American universities, among which some of the most prestigious as Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Cornell – and at the medical centres such as Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

He is the director of about 20 PhD thesis. More than 30 PhD students of post-doctoral courses have been trained in his laboratory and several visiting professors have also worked there. Among the professor’s students and colleagues, 30 people have had chairs in universities from 17 countries in the world.

Professor Malinski received more than 30 awards and honours: he received the Cross of Knight of the National Order of Merit, the title of “Distinguished Professor” at Ohio University, the Medal of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the “Pro Memoriam” Medal, the Medal of Hipolit Cegielski association, the Medal of the Friends of Sciences Association in Poznan, the Wladyslaw Bieganski Medal in the field of medicine, the GEMI prize of the Karolinska Institute and Harvard University. He was nominated for the USA Presidential Medal in Science in 2005 and the Albert Einstein Award for Science in 2010.

Tadeusz Malinski is a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Professor Tadeusz Malinski is the author of approx. 400 scientific articles published in the most prestigious journals as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Lancet, Circulation. His work has been cited more than 10 000 times, and the Hirsch index approx. 46. Almost from the beginning of his research career, Professor Malinski focused on the development and application of new materials and biotechnological systems in medical research and medical diagnosis. His early research focused on the design and synthesis of new materials with structures similar to the biological structures that can conduct electricity. A natural consequence of this research was to use these new biological conductors and catalysts for the production of nanosensors to measure changes in signal concentration and transmission though small particles present in cells as well as in neurons.

Most of Professor Malinski’s scientific research focuses on:

– the use of nanosensors and nanosystems for in vivo and in vitro measurement of about 20 molecules that are involved in the transmission of signals in the cardiovascular system and in the brain;

– the analysis of the relationship between the level of oxidative stress and brain cancer;

– the analysis of the metastasis process of cancer cells and the development of therapies that can stop this process;

– studies of the relation between oxidative stress and the extent of brain and heart destructions during hypovolemia;

– the development of new methods of imaging process of secretion of nitric oxide and superoxide nitrogen in a single cell, the use of this method for the diagnosis of cardiac vasculopathy before transplantation, and also for the early diagnosis (on the basis of measurements of a single endothelial cell) of atherosclerosis, aging stage, diabetes and the possibility of cancer cell metastasis;

– the development of new therapeutic approaches to reduce brain and heart tissue damages following a stroke and a heart attack;

– the development of new methods to accelerate the treatment of burns and post-chirurgical and traumatic wounds;

– the development of early diagnostic and early treatment methods during heart attack and stroke in high-risks individuals

– the development of new nano and microsystems for targeted therapy: solid tumors, cardiovascular and brain diseases, damaged endothelial cells, and during angioplasty.

Prof. Malinski is also interested in art. Since childhood, he studied drawing and painting and in the 1970s, he taught “Art and technique” course at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznan. He developed new technologies and nanosensors for a non-destructive analysis of the works of art, which he then used in the medical field to discover and measure nitric oxide in living cells. His later discoveries enabled him to perfect the expertise of authentication of works of art, especially those of Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries and their conservation.

Prof. Malinski is a great patriot, always proudly pointing out his Polish roots. He founded the first National Army (AK) Museum in the world, in Orchard Lake, Michigan and it’s partially thanks to him that the John Paul II Museum was created in Washington.