Director of the Doctoral School

prof. dr hab. Francesco Giacosa


Prof. Francesco Giacosa, Ph.D., is a theoretical physicist at the Institute of Physics of Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.

He graduated from the University of Turin (1996-2001) and obtained his doctorate from the University of Tübingen (2005). He worked as an assistant professor at the University of Frankfurt (2005-2014) and obtained his habilitation in 2013, after which he became a lecturer. Since 2014, he has been an extraordinary professor at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, and since 2017, he has been the head of doctoral studies in the discipline of physical sciences. In 2020, he became a full professor and took over as the head of the Department of High-Energy Physics.

He conducts research mainly in the field of elementary particles and the foundations of quantum mechanics. He participates in the work of international research teams from universities and institutes in countries such as Germany, the United States, Italy, and Hungary. He is the leader of two NCN grants, the coordinator of two ULAM projects with NAWA, and a participant in the DFG, BMBF, and DAAD projects. He reviews scientific projects for NCN, DFG, and FWF.

He has authored over 170 scientific publications, including, in 2022: Fate of the critical endpoint at large Nc (Editor’s suggestion of “Physical Review D”), Multichannel Decay law (“Physics Letters B” – sole author), and Boosting unstable particles (“Physical Review A”). He is a reviewer for several international scientific journals.

Until 2021, he had supervised four doctoral students. He currently supervises three more doctoral students.


Deputy Director of the Doctoral School

dr hab. Lidia Michalska-Bracha, prof. UJK


Dr. hab. Lidia Michalska-Bracha is a historian and museum specialist, a professor at the Institute of History of Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.

She is a collaborator of the Commission for Theory and History of Historiography and Methodology of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences (2020-2023), a member of the Council of the National Museum in Kielce appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2013-2026), a member of the ministerial Advisory Team for projects submitted under the Support for Scientific Journals program (2018-2021), a member of the first Council of the Jan Kochanowski University (2019-2020), and the Vice-Dean for Research of the Faculty of Humanities at Jan Kochanowski University (2012-2019). She is a scholarship holder of the Historical and Literary Society in Paris named after Dr. Maria Zdziarska-Zaleska and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Krakow.

Her research interests include the history of historiography and historical thought of the 19th-20th centuries, cultural memory and women’s history, the January Uprising, the fate of Poles in emigration and Siberia in the 19th century, as well as the history of Galicia and Lviv. She has participated in the work of international research teams, including projects under the National Program for the Development of Humanities: Memoirs and Letters of Polish Authors from the Western Krai (Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine) from the period of 1795-1918, and Polish Exiles in Western Siberia in the Second Half of the 18th-19th Centuries in the Eyes of Russians and Siberian People.

She is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including several recently published monographs: Memoirs of Emilia from Szwarców Heurichowa (1819-1905) and her daughter Teodora from Heurichów Kiśląnska (1844-1920) from the time of the January Uprising, Warsaw 2023 (jointly with E. Noiński); Józef Kajetan Janowski (1832-1914). After the January Uprising… An Emigrant, a Veteran of 1863, a Lwowian by Choice, Warsaw 2021; Memoirs of Wanda from Wolskich Umińska (1841-1926), Warsaw 2020 (jointly with E. Noiński); The Sanctuary of Józef Piłsudski in Kielce. Between Memory and Historical Politics of the Second Polish Republic, Kielce 2018 (jointly with R. Kotowski).

Dr. Michalska-Bracha has experience in educating young scholars, having promoted five PhD candidates and providing academic supervision to three subsequent doctoral students.


Heads of sections of the Doctoral School


Head of section for ‘Human Sciences’

dr hab. Grzegorz Miernik, prof. UJK


Head of section for ‘Natural Sciences’

dr hab. Alicja Wzorek, prof. UJK

Dr. Alicja Wzorek, an organic chemist, is a professor at the Institute of Chemistry.

She has been associated with Jan Kochanowski University since her undergraduate studies. Since 2003, she has worked as an assistant at the Institute of Chemistry. She completed her doctoral dissertation and defended it at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, in 2009. She obtained her habilitation degree in 2019 at the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences in Łódź.

Her scientific interests revolve around supramolecular chemistry, synthesis of biologically active compounds, chiral compounds, and methods of their enantiomeric enrichment.

She collaborates with scientists from various research centers in Poland (Wrocław, Łódź) and worldwide (Japan, Germany, Spain). She has been a recipient of DAAD and DFG scholarships. She is a co-author of several dozen original scientific articles, including Chemistry Society Reviews, and she is also a co-inventor of 10 patents in Poland and several new patent applications.

During her teaching career, she has supervised 15 undergraduate theses and 11 master’s theses, as well as serving as an assistant supervisor for doctoral dissertations. She has been a mentor for three-month research internships of students from Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.

She is a member of the Polish Chemical Society and the organizing committee of the Regional Chemistry Olympiad.


Head of the section for ‘Social Sciences’

dr hab. Leszek Bielecki, prof. UJK

PhD in Legal Sciences, specializing in Administrative Law, Financial Law, Public Economic Law, Administrative Proceedings, Tax Proceedings, Labor Law, and Social Security Law, and Civil Service Law. Doctor of Law, Master of Administration, and Master of Law. Professor at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Head of the Department of Economic and Financial Law, and Head of the Social Sciences Section at the Doctoral School of UJK in Kielce.

Author of over 100 publications, participant in numerous national and international conferences, sessions, and scientific congresses. Former lecturer at several private higher education institutions (WSB in Radom, WSHP in Sandomierz, WSEPiNM in Kielce). Civil servant of the second degree in the tax administration, holding various managerial positions throughout their career (department head, deputy head of the tax office, head of the tax office, director of the chamber of tax administration). Former part-time member of the Local Disciplinary Board in Lublin. Former member of the Main Adjudicating Committee for Cases of Violation of Public Finance Discipline. Since May 6, 2020, judge at the Supreme Court in the Chamber of Labor and Social Security.


Head of the section for ‘Medical and Health Sciences’

dr hab. Wioletta Adamus – Białek, prof. UJK

Dr. Wioletta Adamus-Białek, D.Sc., microbiologist, geneticist, professor of health sciences at the Collegium Medicum of Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.

In 2003, she completed her studies in biology at the Świętokrzyska Academy in Kielce and then began her doctoral studies at the University of Łódź in collaboration with the Polish Academy of Sciences Center for Medical Biology in Łódź. She also completed postgraduate studies in “Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Management” at UJK and “Healthcare Organization Management” at the Warsaw School of Economics. Currently, she is the head of the Medical Genetics Laboratory at the Department of Medical Procedures, Institute of Medical Sciences, UJK. She is a co-founder and longtime chairperson of the Polish Society of Microbiologists, Kielce Branch. She has conducted research internships at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) in Stockholm, the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia in Norwich, the Warsaw Medical University in Warsaw, and the Department of Genetics and Pathomorphology, Center for New Technologies, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin.

She has supervised numerous bachelor’s and master’s theses in environmental protection and biotechnology at UJK and served as an auxiliary supervisor for two doctoral dissertations at the Institute of Health Sciences. Currently, she is a supervisor for a doctoral dissertation.

Her scientific interests include urinary tract pathogens, particularly E. coli. Currently, she is involved in research on the genetic basis of pancreatic diseases and the human microbiome.

She is the author or co-author of 29 scientific publications with a cumulative Impact Factor of 52.42.