piotr.bentkowski (at) inserm.fr
Piotr studied environmental biology and computational methods of physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He obtained his PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, where he modelled the evolution of prokaryote genome size in response to various rates of change of their abiotic environment. After graduating, he held postdoc positions at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw and later at the Evolutionary Biology Group at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Piotr started out as an experimental ecologist working on how freshwater zooplankton responds to hormonal stimuli. For the past few years his main interests have been theoretical biology and evolution.
Piotr specializes in agent-based models (ABMs) simulating various evolutionary processes. He has worked on how the rate of constantly changing environment influences the genome size and adaptive potential of prokaryotes, on cataloguing of known non-coding RNA molecules and recently on how host-pathogen co-evolution and inter-host sexual selection shapes the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes copy number variation. At the EPIcx Lab Piotr is working on a model of seasonal influenza evolution and its validation by empirical data obtained from country-wide health surveys held in France.
As a former ecologist Piotr is a member of the "Science for Nature" (www.naukadlaprzyrody.pl) collective of Polish researchers. He occasionally writes short pieces on the science-driven approach to nature conservation in an effort to educate the public.