Mgr. Karol Kaiser, Ph.D.
Supervisor: Juan Carlos Villaescusa Ramirez, Ph.D., Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Co-Supervisor: prof. Mgr. Vítězslav Bryja, Ph.D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: Wnt Secretion and Transport in the Mammalian Nervous System
Current Position: Postdoc, Laboratory of Prof. Fiona Doetsch, University of Basel, Switzerland
„I am currently working as postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Fiona Doetsch at the University of Basel. In my research I am focused on the role of largely unknown tissue – choroid plexus and its importance for the regulation of cerebrospinal fluid composition. I have discovered this fascinating region of the brain, which determined and sealed my postdoctoral fate, thanks to a unique opportunity to participate as a PhD student at the Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology in an exchange program with Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. From my perspective, it is exactly due to such possibilities that this section represents an exceptional workplace for studies as well as to pursue academic career in a nice environment, with terrific technical infrastructure and for the Masaryk University standards, outstanding opportunities to participate in collaborations with the most prestigious international scientific teams.“
Mgr. Jakub Harnoš, Ph.D.
Supervisor: prof. Mgr. Vítězslav Bryja, Ph.D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: The Consequences of CK1ε-induced Phosphorylation of the Selected Components of the WNT/β-catenin Pathway: Structural Biology Point of View
Current Position: Postdoc, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
„I work as a postdoc in the laboratory of prof. Sergei Sokol, where we focus on the Wnt signaling pathway and its role in the regulation of embryonic development (determination of cell polarity in vertebrate development, axis specification or development of the nervous system). Studying at OFIŽ gave me the necessary theoretical insight into the field of developmental biology and intercellular communication. But above all, thanks to OFIŽ I acquired knowledge of a wide range of molecular biology methods. By participating in the presentation of the results at international conferences, I have also gained several useful professional contacts, which helped me, among other things, to get a postdoc position at a prestigious institute in the USA.“
Pharm.Dr. Ján Remšík, Ph.D.
Supervisor: Mgr. Karel Souček, Ph.D., Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
PhD Thesis: Regulation of plasticity of cell surface phenotype and its role in cancer progression
Current Position: Postdoc, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
„After successful PhD defense at the Department of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, focused on tumour cell plasticity, I joined the research team of Dr. Adrienne Boire at MSK, where as a postdoc I work on research of immunology of breasts, lungs and melanoma cancer metastases to the central nervous system.“
Mgr. Kateřina Straková, Ph.D.
Supervisor: Prof. Gunnar Schulte, PhD. (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Co-Supervisor: prof. Mgr. Vítězslav Bryja, Ph. D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: Interaction of Class Frizzled receptors with G proteins and Dishevelled
Current Position: Assistant professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Medicine, MUNI
„I have been teaching the basics of biology to students studying at the Faculty of Medicine, MUNI – medical students, dentists, medical technicians or physiotherapists. Most of my work consists of communicating with students, preparing lectures and seminars, and organizing teaching at our department.“
Mgr. Martina Danešová, Ph.D.
Supervisor: RNDr. Antonín Lojek, CSc., Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
PhD Thesis: Production of reactive oxygen metabolites and nitric oxide by phagocytes under inflammatory conditions and possibilities of prevention
Current Position: Research Specialist, Enantis s.r.o.
„The main focus of my work is the development of a dosage form and the preclinical testing of a potential drug that is facilitating the healing of chronic wounds and is based on growth factors. My responsibility is the cooperation with MUNI and other universities, academies of science, and companies involved in our research.“
Ing. Viktor Horváth, Ph.D.
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Peter Fedoročko, CSc.
PhD Thesis: High effectiveness of platinum complexes with adamantylamine in overcoming resistance to cisplatin and suppressing proliferation of ovarian cancer cells in vitro
Current Position: International Key Account Manager EMEA Subregion South-East, Roche Diagnostics
„My job position includes business development in relation to large international laboratory diagnostic institutions and companies. In my work for Roche Diagnostics, my knowledge of cell and tumour biology acquired during my studies at Masaryk University in Brno has always helped me a lot.“
Mgr. Silvie Kremserová, Ph.D.
Supervisor: doc. Mgr. Lukáš Kubala, Ph.D., Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
PhD Thesis: The role of myeloperoxidase in vascular inflammation
Current Position: Postdoc – Inflammation Program, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, IA USA
„After my PhD defense, I decided to stay in the academic sphere, extend my skills acquired during my studies at the Faculty of Science of MUNI and continue as a postdoc in the labora-tory of prof. Nauseefa. Here, I have been investigating the cell death of human neutrophil granulocytes after ingestion of methicillin-resistant S. aureus. The main focus of my work is to plan and conduct experiments, write publications and grants, and present the obtained data at seminars and international conferences.“
Mgr. Alena Votavová, Ph.D.
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Vladimír Ptáček, CSc., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: The research of new methods in laboratory breeding of bumblebees
Current Position: Research specialist, Fodder Research Institute and Agricultural Research, Troubsko (Výzkumný ústav pícninářský, s.r.o. a Zemědělský výzkum, s.r.o.)
„As part of my studies at OFIŽ, I worked on the topic of bumblebee breeding. During my studies, I got a job in VUP and ZV Troubsko as a researcher. I am in charge of managing bumble-bee breeding, obtaining and solving research projects, and also commercially selling bumblebees and everything associated with it.“
Mgr. Libor Vojtek, Ph.D.
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Pavel Hyršl, Ph.D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: Usage of luminometric methods in animal innate immunity studies
Current Position: Sales Representative and Application Specialist, Department of Molecular Biology, BioVendor a.s.
„My job at BioVendor includes complete solution for customers in the field of life science and clinical diagnostics. Thanks to this work, I am constantly in contact not only with the latest technologies, but also with new people.“
Mgr. Kateřina Štefková, Ph.D.
Supervisor: Mgr. Jiří Pacherník, Ph.D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: Molecular mechanisms of the development and regulation of hematopoietic cells
Current Position: Assistant, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Charles University
„My work at the Department of Anatomy consists of teaching future physicians in the field of human anatomy. Studying at OFIŽ has given me a broad general knowledge that I can now apply in the preparation of individual practical seminars and lectures.“
RNDr. Eva Janouškovcová, Ph.D., LL.M.
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Alena Žákovská, Ph.D., Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science, MUNI
PhD Thesis: Monitoring of the spirochete presence and their identification in haematophagous and nonhaematophagous arthropods and vertebrates in the Czech Republic
Current Position: Director of Technology Transfer Office, MUNI
„Studying at the Department of Animal Physiology and Immunology allowed me to develop my skills with an emphasis on independence, performance, responsibility for myself and the team, and opened me the door to the world of adult educated and respected kind people. I love to remember my work here and I support my former colleagues from my current position.“
Doc. RNDr. Eva Bártová, Ph.D.
Current Position: Director Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
„I have been working at the Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences since 1997, and since May 2017 I have been the director there. My research is focused on the study of cell nucleus architecture and chromatin and chromosome structure. I’m also interested in epigenetic mechanisms in DNA repair.“
RNDr. Rita Pacasová, Ph.D.
Current Position: Head Physician Deputy, Transfusion and Tissue Department (TTO), University Hospital Brno
„I have been working at the University Hospital Brno since 1990. For all my positions in the hospital, I have been using my knowledge and experiences from immunology and cell physio-logy. Also now, in the position of the quality manager, as a deputy of the head of the TTO or in managing the projects regarding human tissues and cells.“