prof. RNDr. Jan Vondráček, Ph.D.

Member of the Academy Council

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Institute of Biophysics of the CAS

Jan Vondráček received his MSc. degree in biology in 1993 at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University (MU) in Brno, Czech Republic. Following his PhD degree at the same university, focusing on the effects of ischemia on the immune system (specialization: animal physiology and developmental biology), he joined the Institute of Biophysics of the CAS in Brno in 1997, where, with the exception of short-term foreign fellowships, he has spent most of his research career. Since 2006, he has led the Cellular and Molecular Toxicology group, and in 2016 he was appointed head of the Department of Cytokinetics at the Institute of Biophysics of the CAS. He was appointed associate professor at MU in Brno in 2011, and then professor of animal physiology at MU in 2017. Currently, he teaches five one-semester courses at MU and two one-semester courses at the Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc. Additionally, he participates in teaching a number of other courses. He has supervised eight Ph.D. students and a number of undergraduate students.

In his work, Jan Vondráček focuses primarily on the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying toxic action of environmental pollutants, in particular in areas of carcinogenesis, endocrine disruption and metabolism, as well as in reprogramming of lipid metabolism in cancer cells. He was the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than 12 projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation or the CAS, and he actively contributed to four international projects funded by the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programs of the EU and Horizon 2020, focusing on important groups of persistent organic pollutants. He has published more than 100 research papers and book chapters. His publications have been cited more than 3000 times (h-index: 30).

Jan Vondráček is a member of editorial boards of several international scientific journals, a number of scientific societies and he actively contributes to the work of the Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX). Since 2011, he has been working in evaluation panels of the Czech Science Foundation within the Committee for Agricultural and Biological-Environmental Sciences. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Board of the Institute of Biophysics of the CAS. From 2017 to 2021, he was a member of the Science Council of the CAS.

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