Lab Head

Dr. Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik

I am a Research Associate Professor at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (Poland). I work in the field of evolutionary biology and paleobiology of vertebrates, placental mammals in particular. My research is centered on Glires (lagomorphs, rodents, and their kin) through time and space.

I obtained my PhD in Geology (2006) and a higher doctorate (Habilitation) in Biology (2014), and honed my skills under mentorship of the late Professor Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (Institute of Paleobiology PAS, Warsaw), Dr. Mary Dawson (Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, USA), and Dr. Jin Meng (AMNH, New York, NY, USA). Since 2013 I have been also conducting research at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, CAS in Beijing, China.


Dr. Andrzej S. Wolniewicz

I am an early career vertebrate palaeontologist, broadly interested in the systematics and phenotypic evolution of living and fossil tetrapods. My research incorporates elements from a variety of palaeontological disciplines, including fieldwork, comparative anatomy and phylogenetic inference. I received my BA (First Class) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2013. I then went on to study for a DPhil (PhD) in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, which I obtained in 2018. During my postgraduate studies, I mainly focused on the anatomy, systematics and phylogeny of ichthyosaurs, an extinct group of Mesozoic marine reptiles, but I also participated in fieldwork exploring the continental faunas of the Late Triassic of East Greenland and the Middle Jurassic of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Towards the end of my doctoral studies, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford and gained experience in computed tomography (CT) data processing.

I joined the Fostowicz Lab in June 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the SONATA-BIS 5 programme of the National Science Centre in Poland. My research focuses on studying the cranial and endocranial anatomy of living and fossil lagomorphs.

PhD Students

Anwesha Saha

Education: B.Sc Microbiology: University of Calcutta, India

MRes. Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation: University College London, UK

I began my doctoral studies in 2018 to investigate the evolutionary history of Glires (lagomorphs and rodents). I use molecular and morphometrics data from extant and fossil taxa to reconstruct phylogeny to understand their origin, current distribution and divergence pattern. Indeed, my present research provides me an interdisciplinary platform to expand my academic aptitudes from molecular biology to paleobiology, statistics and computational biology.

Besides being a research student, I am also an avid reader, an occasional painter and a passionate solo traveler.

Justyna Słowiak

Lab Alumni

Dr. Sergi López-Torres

My research interests include the study of early stages of primate evolution, as well as other Euarchontoglires groups, such as anagalids, lagomorphs, and rodents. During my postdoctoral research at the Fostowicz-Frelik Lab, I worked on the description of a new anagalid from Mongolia, and brain evolution of lagomorphs.

Dr. Sergi López-Torres is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the American Museum of Natural History and adiunkt at the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.

Lab interns

Paweł Muniak (2018)

Wojciech Czech (2020)