Laboratories

The UITM houses state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to education and scientific research. The innovative facilities enable us to combine theory with practice, which is of great importance when it comes to the contemporary job market and links between science and business. The laboratories can be used by the UITM faculty when doing research and students.

There is a great number of advanced technology laboratories, i.e. financial, 3D and 2D computer graphics, as well as, tele-informatics, criminology, cosmetology, and IT.

The newly-established laboratories are located in the Centre for International Education in Kielnarowa.

Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Culture allows to carry out broad spectrum of scientific research using cultures of normal and cancerous mammalian cells in vitro. The Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Culture maintain Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) standards, according to UE and WHO criteria. It means that the laboratory is suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment. Access to this facility is limited and the laboratory personnel have specific training  in handling pathogenic agents and maintaining required biosafety standard.

Research possibilities:

Cell cultures are currently one of the most important tools used in biomedical research. The Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Culture allows to carry out broad spectrum of research on physiological processes as well as on pathological conditions. The scientific potential of the laboratory includes:

  • studying physiological and pathological processes in skin cells (keratinocytes, fibroblasts, melanocytes);
  • analysis of the influence of natural or synthetic compounds on the skin cells, including studies on cytotoxicity, proliferation, apoptosis, metabolic activity, intracellular oxidative stress, secretion of specific cytokines and growth factors, migration, expression and activity of cellular enzymes;
  • analysis of the anticancer activity of natural and synthetic compounds on various human cancer cell lines, including colon, prostate, breast, skin, tongue, brain and lung cancer cells.

Scientific equipment:

  • laminar flow hood HF Safe-1200
  • cell culture incubator with CO2 Heracell 150i
  • Biovac+ aspiration system
  • automated cell counter TC10
  • inverted microscope Nikon Eclipse TS1000 with Invenio 5SII camera
  • water bath
  • laboratory centrifuge with cooling mode Heraeus Megafuge
  • autoclave Medical Prestige 12L
  • laboratory refrigerators and freezers -32°C and -80°C
  • liquid nitrogen dewar LS750 for long term cell storage

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:

Katarzyna Gaweł-Bęben, Ph.D.

The Centre for Tourism and Recreation

Tel. +48 17 86-61-412

E-mail: kagawel@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Laboratory of Immunology and Biochemistry is utilized to carry out various analyses of samples obtained from experiments on cell cultures or samples collected from the patients.

Scientific potential:

Scientific methods and techniques used in the Laboratory of Immunology and Biochemistry include:

  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
  • SDS-PAGE electrophoresis
  • Western blot
  • Comet assay
  • other assays based on the measurement of the absorbance, fluorescence or chemiluminescence of the sample.

The Laboratory of Immunology and Allergology allows biochemical and EIA analyses of samples obtained from experiments on cell cultures or collected from patients.

Teaching potential:

The Laboratory of Immunology and Biochemistry is used by the students of the faculties of Cosmetology, Physiotherapy and Dietetics during practical laboratory classes of Biochemistry, Immunology and Allergology and Laboratory diagnostics.

Scientific equipment:

  • multimode microplate reader FilterMax F5 (Molecular Devices)
  • automated microplate washer
  • laboratory centrifuge Heraeus Pico
  • autoclave Prestige Medical 12L
  • MilliQ Integral II water purification system
  • analytical balance
  • magnetic stirrers
  • laboratory pH-meter
  • ice machine
  • Mini-PROTEAN Vertical Electrophoresis System (Bio-Rad)
  • Mini-Trans Blot system (Bio-Rad)
  • Comet assay system

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:

Katarzyna Gaweł-Bęben, Ph.D.

The Centre for Tourism and Recreation

Tel. +48 17 86-61-412

E-mail: kagawel@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology is equipped with high-quality equipment that gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of molecular biology techniques. The laboratory also gives scientists the opportunity to conduct innovative research in the field of molecular biology.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

High quality equipment, which the Molecular Biology Laboratory is equipped with, creates very good conditions for conducting scientific research. Researchers have the opportunity to isolate DNA material, evaluate it, as well as study the expression of selected genes, their mutations and polymorphisms. As part of scientific and research cooperation, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology cooperates with other scientific units, including the Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, and it is a part of the Medical Research Consortium of Eastern Poland.

What are the possibilities for students?

Students of faculties such as Dietetics, Physiotherapy and Cosmetology use the Molecular Biology Laboratory. Classes which take place in the laboratory give students the opportunity to learn about genetic material isolation techniques and its analysis. Experiments on genetic material also rely on the study of effects of various substances on the expression of selected genes. In addition, students acquire practical skills, such as identification of microbiological hazards in food products.

Equipment

  • C1000 Touch thermal cycler
  • Real-time PCR measurement device
  • Gel Doc EZ System
  • Wide Mini-Sub Cell GT electrophoresis device
  • TDB-100 Dry block thermostat
  • Mini UV Transilluminator
  • NanoDrop Lite spectrophotometer

Manager:

Professor Jan Gmiński, M.D., Ph.D.

e-mail: jgminski@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:
Jakub Tobiasz
The Centre for Tourism and Recreation

Tel. +48 17 86-61-293
E-mail: jtobiasz@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

The Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry was established to fit the needs of students of Cosmetology and public Health, as well as to allow faculty of the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów to conduct research. Developing the equipment allowed to extend the laboratory’s activity to include the sphere of business.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

The laboratory’s equipment allows synthesis of chemical compounds, obtaining active substances from raw plant material, as well as identification and assay of selected substances. The equipment also allows to obtain innovative cosmetics, define the possible application of the obtained substance and raw materials in cosmetic products and complex quality analysis of the obtained products.

What are the possibilities for students?

The Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry allows students to obtain new cosmetic raw materials, design and create own formulae, and develop the technology for cosmetic product manufacture. Students have the possibility to conduct complex quality analysis of the obtained products and to define the correlation between the composition of the product and its selected physical, chemical and performance parameters.  The Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry holds classes for Cosmetology, Public Health and Dietetics students in: Cosmetic Chemistry, Cosmetic Formulation, Perfumery Technology, Manufacture and Analysis of Perfume Product, Cosmetic Technology, Cosmetic Design, Analysis of Cosmetics, Chemical Analysis of Cosmetics.

What do we offer to business?

The Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry offers commercial services in:

  • formula development of cosmetics and household chemistry products
  • examination of physical, chemical and performance parameters of cosmetics and household chemistry products
  • examination of physical and chemical properties of cosmetic raw materials
  • assay of irritation potential of washing cosmetics
  • definition of the impact of cosmetics on skin moisture (corneometric measurement) and the amount of sebum produced (sebumetric measurement)
  • definition of the impact of cosmetics on skin temperature (Thermo vision camera), warming and cooling properties of cosmetic product
  • assay of antioxidant properties of cosmetic raw material/cosmetic product . Evaluation of ability to neutralize DPPH• free radical
  • assay of depigmentation, skin whitening properties of cosmetic raw material/cosmetic product, tyrosinase inhibition measurement
  • cytotoxicity evaluation of cosmetic raw material against human dermo cell: fibroblasts, keratinocytes
  • assay of dermo regenerating properties of cosmetic raw material  “scratch test”- dermal fibroblast proliferation measurement
  • assay of anti-aging/anti-wrinkle properties of cosmetic raw material/cosmetic product, elastase activity inhibition measurement.

Equipment of the Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry

  • Stands for classical quantitative assay.
  • Stands for cosmetic formulation and production (lotions, gels, washing cosmetics, solutions, solid mixtures), equipped with water baths, mechanical stirrers, magnetic stirrers and scales.
  • A stand with IKA T18 Basic Homogeniser.
  • A stand for measuring pH, conductivity and density of samples (pycnometers, pH-meters and CPS 411 Elmetron conductivity meter).
  • A stand for evaluating foaming properties with the Ross-Miles method.
  • A stand for measuring cosmetic viscosity and rheological properties (FungiLab Expert rotational viscometer).
  • A stand for evaluating cosmetic stability: heat stress tests (incubator and refrigerator), mechanical shock tests (MPW 260R spinner), cycle tests.
  • A stand for assay of irritation potential of washing cosmetics by measuring the zein number (Wagner-Parnas apparatus for determining protein content).
  • A stand for evaluating the impact of cosmetics on skin condition (corneometer and sebumeter Courage + Khazaka electronic GmbH).
  • A stand for spectroscope examination (Aqua-Mate Thermo Scientific spectrophotometer).
  • A stand for evaluating the release of the active substance from a semi-solid form (DC 600 apparatus for medication release from a semi-solid form from Copley Scientific Ltd.).
  • A stand for obtaining plant extracts with the periodical and continuous method (Chemland OS20-PRO mechanical stirrer, Soxhlet extractor).
  • A stand for obtaining essential oils through steam distillation (Deryng’s apparatus).
  • The Laboratory of Cosmetic Chemistry also has: a rotary evaporator, UV transilluminator, oil pump, nitrogen tank.

Manager:

Timea Sulenta-Pluta

e-mail: tsulenta@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:
Timea Sulenta-Pluta

Research and Service Centre

Tel. +48 17 86-61-453
E-mail: tsulenta@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

The Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Image Processing was created in response to the growing interest on the commercial and the educational market in issues related to creating compute graphics, virtual worlds, and augmented reality.

The main aim of the laboratory is to produce complex 3D scenes, animations and postproduction in moving images. Additionally, the laboratory can support rapid prototyping processes and matters concerning the use (and promotion) of 3D print in everyday life. One of the major tasks performed in the laboratory is the education of students in the above listed areas. That gives students the chance to work with professional equipment and software and to use the experience and knowledge of qualified faculty.

Why is it unique?

The Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Image Processing is one of the most state-of-the-art laboratories of that type in Podkarpacie. The available equipment allows for extensive image processing and virtual reality creation – both based on existing objects and working with clearly conceptual ones. Additionally, the advanced projection system of the virtual cave allows to present the results of the work in a unique manner.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

In the aspect of research, the laboratory offers a broad range of possibilities. That results mainly from the equipment available, but also from our competent faculty. One of the areas of research is virtual reality, its creation, applications, as well as perception. It is highly important at the time of high digitalisation and high dynamics in IT- and Internet-related areas. Several project were prepared in the laboratory, like Wirtualne Muzea Podkarpacia  (Virtual Museums of Podkarpacie), where 7 museums of the region were digitalised, and the results published online. Another research area is work with 3D images – their analysis, perception, and well as generation. The 3D printer allows to apply 3D print in everyday life. Current projects include work on the application of 3D print in medicine and stomatology, as well as in place/space records and documentation. Thanks to the motion capture system, the laboratory conducts research on the manners of human movement using data collected e.g. for the needs of computer animations.

What are the possibilities for students?

Working in the laboratory, students have the chance to gain broadly understood skills in computer graphics. That applies to all students who have classes in the laboratory. The skills include e.g.: image processing and retouch; creating 3D models; film animations and editing; special effects addition; creating graphics for computer games; programming virtual walks and simple games; photo studio tasks; 3D scanning; preparation for 3D printing. Using the laboratory equipment in teaching, the student may be fully prepared for a career of a computer graphics, film editor, animator, or graphic designer.

What do we offer to business?

As concerns commercial services, the laboratory offers services within:

  • 3D animation and production,
  • Modelling, texturing,
  • Motion image realisation (including special effects),
  • Motion capture,
  • Virtual walks (based on spherical panoramas, using real-time rendering technology),
  • 3D scanning,
  • 3D print,
  • Graphic design in visual identification, advertisement, generally understood graphics, including DTP processes,
  • Animation rendering in 18-computer cluster.

Equipment

  • 18 workstations with state-of-the-art software for graphics,
  • studio motion capture, which capters an actor’s movements and shifts it onto virtual characters,
  • the virtual cave, aimed at researching the possibilities of “immersing” a user in a virtual world,
  • 3D printer allowing to create real, physical models designed earlier in the virtual space,
  • 3D scanner to digitalise and record existing objects,
  • A photographic studio.

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:

mgr Łukasz Bis

E-mail: lbis@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Toxicology and Clinical Genetics is designed to perform a wide range of biochemical analysis of biological material collected from patients (blood, serum, urine), plant extracts, food samples and samples obtained in cell culture experiments.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

Scientists using the laboratory have the opportunity to prepare plant extracts, perform biochemical analysis, test antioxidant properties of prepared extracts or study body fluids.

What are the possibilities for students?

During classes in the laboratory, students have the opportunity to perform biochemical analysis of body fluids, determine the pH of tested substances or perform protein electrophoresis.

Equipment:

The laboratory has been equipped with the following:

  • Analytical balance
  • Laboratory pH meter
  • Magnetic stirrer
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Laboratory dryer
  • Water bath shaker
  • Electrophoresis kit for proteins and electro-transfer kit
  • Prestige Medical Classic 12L autoclave
  • Water treatment system using reverse osmosis

Manager:

Professor Jan Gmiński, MD, PhD

e-mail: jgminski@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:
Jakub Tobiasz
The Centre for Tourism and Recreation

Tel. +48 17 86-61-293
E-mail: jtobiasz@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Learning how to invest in financial instruments to become a professional trader through simulations of financial transactions and investment portfolio management – that is the biggest advantage of the largest such Financial Laboratory in Poland.

The Financial Laboratory is a specialist dealing room innovatively designed and equipped for educational and academic research activities.

It is located at the Centre for International Education in Kielnarowa at the University of Information Technology and Management (UITM) in Rzeszow.

The Financial Laboratory project is patterned on the best centres of that kind worldwide which have created professional transaction rooms at universities to provide both financial education under exceptional conditions, and the ability to carry out the most advanced academic research.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

It allows  to conduct scientific research related to financial markets using automated stock exchange transactions (algorithms). In particular, it enables research in the following areas:

  • personal finance management
  • financial and economic analysis
  • study of the behaviour of financial and capital markets
  • technical and fundamental analysis
  • creating business models (used in simulation games)
  • creating econometric models for use in banking sector
  • testing the volatility of financial instruments
  • research in the field of behavioural finance
  • coding the automated trading robots

What opportunities does it offer to students?

It allows education in the field of finance in conditions corresponding to both the needs of today’s labour market and the expectations of young people starting education at a university. Students are not only able to use equipment analogous to that used in real trading rooms, but can also experience the actual atmosphere of such a place. That is of great importance from the point of view of the quality of the didactic process. This professionally equipped Financial Laboratory inspires and is an invaluable encouragement to study often difficult financial issues.

Students will be familiarised with:

  • personal finance management and budget planning
  • financial and economic analysis of the company
  • technical and fundamental analysis of financial markets
  • behavioural finance and investment psychology
  • advanced strategies and investment systems (as part of training during the meeting of the FLOW scientific club)

After classes in the Financial Laboratory, the student will be reliably prepared to work as an investment analyst, financial dealer, securities broker or investment adviser. However, the most attractive prospect for our graduates may be the opportunity to become a professional stock exchange trader.

What does the Financial Laboratory offer to companies?

  • High quality trainings on investments carried out by experienced practitioners dealing professionally with investment and financial issues. The offer covers a large part of the issues necessary to enhance investment knowledge and provides the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of people professionally involved in financial market investments;
  • carry out workshops in the field of economics and finance.

The Financial Laboratory is equipped with:

  • 24 workstations with special terminals that enable practice in the field of fundamental and technical analysis.
  • Each computer has the Office package installed, and in particular the most important tool used by financial analysts – Excel spreadsheet.
  • The Data Wall is a professional display device which acts as a connector between six screens, each may display different content (for example notations from various markets: capital, currency, commodities, etc.)
  • An interactive board (smart board) enabling current analysis of financial instruments.

The Financial Laboratory offers access to digital business television and provides presentation of economic news. The equipment was provided by a company which delivered similar solutions for the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

What is more…
All studies on the state of financial knowledge among Poles clearly show that only half of the citizens have savings and use any financial products. Those statistics are very disturbing. At the same time, they show the need to create new programs and forms of education that will allow young people to take advantage of both the global capital markets and the offers provided by individual financial institutions in the country. UITM experts emphasise that it is necessary to build a financial education strategy, which allows not only to manage own budget properly and wisely, but also enables companies to employ professionally educated financial specialists. The university meets such expectations by enabling classes in such a professionally equipped Financial Laboratory.

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:
Agata Gemzik-Salwach, Ph.D.
The Centre for Tourism and Recreation, room KM 101

Tel. +48 17 86-61-243
E-mail: agemzik@wsiz.rzeszow.pl

Introduction

Computer simulation is an increasingly popular tool in almost every sphere of life. The only limitations of its usage are posed by the extent of our imagination and the skills in using simulation devices. Hence, in order to meet the demand of the market for people competent in computer simulation, a Simulation Laboratory was opened at the Centre for International Education in Kielnarowa.

Why is it unique?

Thanks to the laboratory’s innovativeness, people who wish further their skills and knowledge in simulation can take advantage of its high-class software, used in companies across the globe. It includes e.g. FlexSim, the most popular analysis and simulation tool in logistics, which together with the BricsCad software gives almost unlimited possibilities in 3D modelling of virtual reality. Additionally, the laboratory offers the SAP software, considered the leading brand in the market of ERP integrated IT systems.

What are the possibilities for scientists?

There is a clear trend in the scientific world to verify research hypotheses with simulation methods. Some scientists add a visualisation of the phenomena occurring simply to enhance understanding, but current IT solutions available in the simulation laboratory allow to obtain raw data which is then used to verify hypotheses of the conducted research in a  simple manner.

What are the possibilities for students?

During classes, students work with FlexSim, professional simulation software. The programme of the course includes e.g. modelling selected processes using some basic functions of the software, as well as analysing data generated during a simulation. Additionally, “Laboratory Fridays”, organised biweekly, allow students to use the full functionality of the available software for their own needs, like theses or projects.

What do we offer to business?

The simulation laboratory offers services related to designing storage and production space, as well a simulation analysis with optimisation of the processes occurring.

Equipment

The laboratory has 20 computer stands with modern central processing units matching the high requirements of the software they hold. The room also has a projector. The laboratory is further extended to include room KM106, which holds a truck simulator based on the renown Euro Truck Simulator 2 software, with additions of licences trailers.

Software (network licence, 20 stands):

  • FlexSim GP v18.2.2 (General Purpose)
  • FlexSim CT v3.3 (Container Terminal)
  • BricsCAD v18
  • TransEDU (Freight Exchange with the TransEDU Academy Platform)
  • TimoCOM (Freight Exchange)

Student comments

The possibilities available in today’s computer simulation are immense. That is, first of all, a powerful tool of analysis and experiments, and the 3D visualisation provides a clear, tangible picture of the designed business processes. It is neither easy nor fast to learn all the functionalities of simulation, but with a certain level of skills, work with the laboratory’s software brings much satisfaction.

An interesting new proposal for students is introduction of an ETS2 truck driving simulation in class. Through simulation and the various transport scenarios, students learn about the technical and equipment aspects of transport and the characteristic features of transport in the case of various cargo. – Dawid Kyc (student of Logistics)

Location

The Centre for Tourism and Recreation

Kielnarowa 386a, 36-020 Tyczyn

KM 112 and KM106 (simulator)

Contact with the person responsible for the Laboratory:

Grzegorz Wróbel, Ph.D.

tel. 17 8661 186

E-mail: gwrobel@wsiz.rzeszow.pl
 

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