Janusz Marek Bujnicki is Professor of Biology, and head of a research group at IIMCB in Warsaw, Poland. Born in 1975, he graduated from the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw in 1998, defended his PhD in 2001, and obtained the full professor title in 2009. In 2016 he has been elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences. Bujnicki’s research combines bioinformatics, structural biology and synthetic biology. His scientific achievements include the development of methods for computational modeling of protein and RNA 3D structures, discovery and characterization of enzymes involved in RNA metabolism, and engineering of proteins with new functions. He is an author of > 300 publications, which have been cited by other researchers ~8000 times. Bujnicki is an executive editor of the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research. He has also been involved in various scientific organizations and bodies active in the area of science and policy, including the civic movement Citizens of Science, Scientific Policy Committee - an advisory body of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland, and the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors within the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism.