Prof. Piotr Widłak received M.Sc. in Molecular Biology (1988), Ph.D. in Biomedicine (1993) and habilitation degree (Dr.Sci.) in Biochemistry (2001), and also holds a titular (state) professorship in Medical Sciences (2007). After completion of doctorate (at Institute of Oncology, Warsaw) he performed post-doctoral research on environmentally and occupationally induced DNA damage (at Karolinska Institute, Huddinge; 1994-1995), then on chromatin structure and apoptotic nucleases (at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; 1996-1997). In 1998 he joined the faculty of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Gliwice Branch, one of the largest clinical and research institutes in Poland. He was the Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs (2006-2015). Currently he is the Chairman of Center for Translational Research and Molecular Biology of Cancer (since 2010).

Dr. Widlak authored and co-authored above 100 peer-reviewed papers, with a joint number of citations exceeding 2,000. Major focus areas of his research have been: (i) molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of cell death, (ii) chromatin structure and its involvement in DNA damage formation and repair, (iii) radiobiology and cellular responses to stress. More recently, applications of proteomics and genomics in molecular cancer diagnostics became the major objective of his research interest.