International Journal of Immunology is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of immunology. Immunology is a diverse and growing discipline that can be defined as the study of the tissues, cells and molecules involved in host defense mechanisms. Immunologists attempt to understand how the immune system develops, how the body defends itself against disease, and what happens when it all goes wrong. Priority is given to work that provides fundamental insight into the workings of the immune system. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, innate immunity and inflammation; development; immune receptors, signaling and apoptosis; antigen presentation; gene regulation and recombination; cellular and systemic immunity; vaccines; immune tolerance; autoimmunity and tumor immunology, microbial immunopathology; and transplantation.

The great advances in immunology in recent years make this field one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing in biological sciences. This remarkable growth is stimulated by the influx of investigators from other disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, virology and various medical disciplines. These disciplines are so well interlinked with immunology that no immunological challenge can now be properly addressed without sophisticated applications of expertise of combinations of these disciplines. As a consequence, immunology has become a vast and rich field encompassing discoveries and outlooks that range from the highly clinical to the highly molecular. Although such perspectives may appear diverse, they are, in fact, extremely interdependent. The journal seeks to present a balanced overview of contemporary immunology and melds together different aspects of molecular immunology, immunobiology and clinical immunology.

Immunology is the branch of biomedical science that deals with the response of an organism to antigenic challenge and its recognition of what is self and what is not. It deals with the defense mechanisms including all physical, chemical and biological properties of the organism that help it to combat its susceptibility to foreign organisms, material, etc

Immunology has its origins in the study of how the body protects itself against infectious diseases caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and also parasitic organisms, such as helminth worms. Research / review articles deals with, among other things, the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, transplant rejection); the physical, chemical and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system in vitro, in situ, and in vivo are of prime interest.




Marlena Zyśk

Principle Investigator


PhD, Medical University of Gdansk, Chair of Clinical Biochemistry (2016)
MA Organization management, Gdansk University of Technology (2013)
MA Biological chemistry, University of Gdansk (2011)
BS Industrial management, Koszalin University of Technology (2010)
BS Cosmetics chemistry, University of Gdansk (2009)


since 01.04.2017: Adjunct, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
since 05.02.2016: Principle Investigator, National Science Center, Poland
01.06.2016– 31.13.2016: Molecular Geriatrics, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden
05.02.2014 – 10.06.2016: Clinical Research Assistant in Synevo Central Laboratories in Gdansk, Poland
10.10.2015 – 31.03.2017: Laboratory Diagnostic Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland


since 2018: Postgraduate studies “Biomedical science”, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
2018: Project: carrier development for academic teachers, teaching English for professional purposes, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
2016: Laboratory Animal Science for Researcher, Polish Laboratory Animal Science Association, Poland
2015: Research Team Management, Foundation of Polish Science, Poland
2015:The Craft of Scientific Writing, Foundation of Polish Science, Poland
2015: How science hits the headlines: what journalists want and why?, Foundation of Polish Science, Poland
2015: GCLP (Good Clinical Laboratory Practice) Training, Synevo Central Laboratories, Poland
2014: Shipping Infectious Substances – General Awareness, Synevo Central Laboratories, Poland
2010: Proteomics, University of Konstanz, Germany

           Current Research Projects

  • The influence of hyperglycemia on energy metabolism in Wistar rat brain (in vivo and in vitro
  • Influence of neurotoxic factors on aspartate N – acetyltransferase activity in cholinergic neurons
  • Regulatory effect of calcium turnover protein on susceptibility of brain septal cholinergic neurons  to cytotoxic signals

    Interested topics

  • Neuroinflammation (astroglia and neuron)
  • Diabetice vs. immune response
  • Autophagy
  • Traumatic brain injury vs. immune response
  • Biochemistry and energy production pathways

2016: Rector’s Price of Neuroscience team members
2015:Pro-Quality Scholarship funded by MUG
2014: Doctoral fellowship funded by Polish Neuroscience Society
2013: Doctoral fellowship funded by Polish-American Freedom Foundation
2007: The PRYMUS Fellowship funded by Polish-American Freedom Foundation

International collaborations

Molecular Geriatrics, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden

since 2013: Polish Neuroscience Society
since 2013:Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Conference Organization

Organizing committee: 12th International Congress of the Polish Neuroscience Society, Gdansk (2015)

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