Team

 

Markéta Kubánková
Co-founder

After studying biomedical engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, she completed her PhD at Imperial College London, where she continued with a one year postdoctoral research stint as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow. In 2018, she moved to Germany, to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, where she is looking into the mechanical properties of cells and researching new methods for diagnostics from biopsies and single blood drops.

Vlaďka Petráková
Co-founder

A group leader at the Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS. In the past a Humboldt Fellow at the Free University Berlin in the field of solid state physics and biochemistry. Her research focuses on the interaction of the fluorophores and plasmonic nanoparticles in superresolution microscopy. Her PhD, in the field of biomedical engineering, is from the Institute of Physics of the CAS and from the Czech Technical University in Prague, and was awarded for research on fluorescent diamond nanoparticles. Her interests outside work involve her four children.

Anna Stejskalová
Co-founder

Her PhD is from Imperial College London, where she developed a new mechanical activation of DNA nanotechnology based method to be used in regenerative medicine for the delivery of growth factors. As a WiRe fellow at the German WWU Munster clinic for female health, she worked on creating an in vitro model of endometriosis. Currently, she is a postdoc at the Harvard Medical School, where she is developing “organs on a chip” for preclinical testing of diseases linked to female health.

Jaroslav Icha
PR, social media

He received his Masters degree in the field of cell and developmental biology from the Faculty of the Natural Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. His PhD, investigating the development of the retina, was awarded at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology in Dresden. He then spent two years as a postdoc at the Finnish Turku Centre for Biotechnology, researching integrins which are receptors of intercellular mass. Next he worked in Prague for East Port as an application specialist and in 2021, he moved to Erlangen in Germany to work for the startup company Interherence.

Olga Löblová
Coordinator for social sciences and humanities, Research

She received her PhD in politology (focusing on public policy) from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. She specialises in health policies, with particular attention on financing healthcare technologies. Currently she is a postdoc at the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Cambridge. Before the CEU, she studied European affairs at the  College of Europe in Warsaw, followed by a Masters degree in politology at the Sciences Po in Paris and in Dijon.

Hana Hušková
Fundraising, Map of researchers

After completing a Masters degree in the field of immunology at the Faculty of the Natural Sciences of the Charles University in Prague, she received her cotutelle PhD concurrently from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon (France) and the doctoral school of the First Medical Faculty of the Charles University. Afterwards, she spent some time as a postdoc researching DNA repair at the Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille (Marseille, Francie). Upon recently returning to the Czech Republic, she is enjoying a maternity break and searching for further opportunities.

Michal Kolář
Analysis and technical questions

His degree is in chemistry and molecular modelling from the Faculty of Natural Sciences (Charles University, Prague) and IOCB Prague. Supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he worked at the Research Centre Jülich in Germany, from where he moved to the Maxe Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. Since 2018, he is an assistant professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, with his research concentrating on large biomolecules and their complexes. With the help of supercomputers, he concerns himself with questions lying at the interface of structural biology and medicinal chemistry. At home, he is good company for his wife and three daughters, he enjoys travelling by train and he does not eat tomatoes.

Eliška Koňaříková
Christmas conference

She has one Masters degree in Cellular physiology is from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles Univerity in Prague and another one (Czech title Ing.) in Management and economics from the Czech Agricultural University. Her PhD research was carried out at the Institute for human genetics of teh Helmholtz centre in Munich. She is heavily involved in the popularisation of science and the evaluation of Czech science within the Metodika 2017 framework. Amongst other things, she likes to spend her free time doing escape games, where she would happily lock herself away from her two children forever. She likes tomatoes, but she does not eat peppers.

Julie Kovářová
Lectures, conference

A parasitologist based at the Biology Centre of the CAS in České Budějovice. She does biochemistry and molecular biology of trypanosomes and leishmanias, both causal agents of tropical diseases. Her PhD is from the University of Glasgow through the MSCA ITN ‚ParaMet‘ prgramme, where she added the metabolomics to her portfolio. She remained in Scotland for another four years as a postdoc at the University of Dundee. From January 2020, she is based at the Institute of Parasotology of the Biology Centre with the ‚Czech Marie Curie‘ fellowship (OPVVV programme of the Ministry of education, youth and sports). Her ideal way to relax from work is to physically wreck herself by doing orineteering or another sport.

Ondřej Černotík
Blog

A researcher at the Department of Optics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Palacky University (Olomouc). He is interested in quantum optics in complex and hybrid systems, looking mainly into optomechanical systems and quantum electrodynamics in superconducting circuits. Between 2017-2019 he was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen. Before that (2013–2017), he was a graduate student at the Leibniz University in Hanover. His Bachelors and Masters degree are from the Palacky University in Olomouc (2008–2013).

Pavla Hubálková
Newsletter and media outputs

She is a science journalist in Charles University’s magazine Forum. She also writes about science and scientists for the weekly HROT, for Universitas.cz and other media outlets. She studies Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Science and Technology and she is currently finishing a PhD in neurosciences at the Third Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. A year of her studies was spent as a Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at the Northwestern University in Chicago. Apart from her own research on NMDA receptors, she spent time communicating science.

Ivana Kulhánová
Coordinator of education workshops

Based at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development . Amongst her research topics are demography, social epidemiology, public healthcare, epidemiology of malignant neoplasms, social inequality in health.

Jan Valečka
Cooperation: technical support

His degree in immunology is from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Charles University (Prague) and his research during this time involved studying early activation of T-lymphocytes at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the CAS. This was followed by a brief stint at the Department of Pathophysiology of the First Medical Faculty and he is now finishing his PhD at the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy. As part of the Labex Inform programme, he is researching the regulation of autophagy in immune cells. He likes curling and encryption games.

Blanka Collis
Cooperation: blog

Based in the Project Office of the IOCB Prague since 2021, she supports researchers with preparing their grant proposals. Before that, she was a postdoc at the IOCB, trying to understand membrane protein complexes with the help of live cell microscopy, biochemical characterisation and structural methods. She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD at the University of Sheffield and a four-year stint as a postdoc at the University of Oxford in the field of DNA repair. Whilst in Oxford, her and her British husband’s two daughters were born and the family moved to Czechia to try it out “whilst the children are still small enough” and five years later they are still here.

Eva Doležalová
Cooperation: media outputs

In 2013, she defended her PhD at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague in cooperation with the Institute of Plasma Physics of the CAS. In 2016 she, taking her family along, went to do a postdoctoral research stay at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics at the Old Dominion University (Virginia, USA). Her research involved a new method for cell electroporation using a plasma jet, her hypothesis being tested both on cells and on animals. Now she is back in the Czech Republic.

Markéta Doleželová
Cooperation: research