RNDr. Martin Bilej, DrSc.
RNDr. Martin Bilej, DrSc.
Institute of Microbiology of the CAS
He completed his studies at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague in 1980–1985. He elaborated his thesis already at the Institute of Microbiology (formerly the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, now the Czech Academy of Sciences), where he also defended his dissertation in 1991. He acquired the scientific degree DrSc. in 2001. In 2003–2007, he was active as the head of the Department of Immunology and Gnotobiology of the Institute of Microbiology and in 2007–2017 held the position of director of this institute and chairman of the council. In February 2016, he was appointed vice-chairman of the Economic Council of the CAS. Since 2017, he has been a member of the executive board of the Academy Council of the CAS and is entrusted with the resolution of the conceptual economic and financial affairs and their implementation.
In research, he deals with a comparative immunology, particularly the immunology of invertebrates. In 1993–1995, he focused on the study of the cytolytic activity of coelomic fluid of annelids during his postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. In the following years, he often visited the Laboratory of Cellular Immunology of VUB within joint projects supported by the FWO, BWS, and NATO. His research group has succeeded to identify and characterise on the molecular and functional levels several proteins important for the innate immunity of annelids. He is a member of the Czech Immunological Society (scientific secretary) and the International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology (secretary treasurer in 2009–2012). He serves as a member of the Expert Advisory Body of the MEYS programmes Eureka and Eurostars.
He is the author or co-author of 68 scientific articles (900 citations, h-index 17), 110 contributions at congresses, co-author or co-editor of two books. He was the principal investigator of twelve research projects from Czech providers and five bilateral projects. He lectures pregraduate and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University; he was or is the supervisor of seven master students and six doctoral candidates. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Charles University, the Scientific Council of the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science of CU, and the Scientific Council of the First Medical Faculty of CU. He is further the chairman of the commission for the defence of dissertations for acquiring the scientific degree of DSc. in immunology.
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