Our team

Markéta Kubánková


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


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


She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School where she studies the effect of vaginal microbiome…

on pre-term birth using organs-on-a-chip. Previously, she held a WiRe fellowship at WWU Munster where she studied endometriosis and has a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London. She is one of the Czexpats in Science co-founders.

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, Mapa vědců

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, Gather.town expert, Merchandising

She has one Masters degree in Cellular physiology 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 the Helmholtz centre in Munich. Her research focuses on the production of energy in cells and its disorders. She is currently trying to bring science communication closer to students and their older colleagues. At the same time, she is involved in the evaluation of the science, as well as in the popularization of her own activities on social networks and live. 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


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 at Charles University’s magazine Forum. She also writes about science and scientists for Hospodářské noviny, HROT, …

Universitas, Vědavýzkum.cz and other media. She graduated in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology/IOCB CAS and obtained a PhD in neurosciences at the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University/IPhys CAS. She was an intern at EMBL Heidelberg and spent a year as a Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago where, in addition to her own research on NMDA receptors, she also focused on science communication.

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

Collaboration – 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

collaboration – 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

collaboration – 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.

Jan Mašek

Collaboration: Advocacy

Development biologist and group leader at Charles University focusing on inter- and intracellular signaling.

After studying at MUNI Brno and CUNI Prague, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, where he focused on Notch signaling in various contexts of mammalian development and disease. In addition to his scientific work, he enjoys spending time with family and hiking trips.

Adam Pruška

coordinator – local meetings and switzerland

He studied analytical chemistry at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic and Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Adam’s main interest focuses on mass spectrometry and its use to study the thermodynamics of nucleic acids and large protein complexes. Currently, he pursue a doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). As a member of the Czexpats team, he organizes conferences that connect Czech and Slovak expats in Switzerland.

Alžběta Türková

Coordinator – Sweden

Postdoctoral fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she programs computer simulations of membrane fusion between viruses and host cells.

From 2017-2020 she worked in Vienna during her PhD studies. She also contributed to the development of the Complex Portal database as an intern at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK.

Markéta Doležalová

Cooperation: research

She completed her PhD in social anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK. Her thesis focused on migration, the state and the production of inequality. She completed her MA in Manchester as well and for her BA she studied at Goldsmiths College in London.

She currently works at Leeds University Business School as a postdoc and is looking at the impact of changes in the UK’s immigration policy on labour mobility and on workers and employers in key sectors of the British economy. She is involved in two projects led by the Faculty of Natural Sciences  at Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, which study the lives and needs of Czechs living abroad and their relationship to the Czech state.

Matouš Glanc

Ukraine aid coordinator

He studied Anatomy and Physiology of Plants at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague and in 2019 he defended his dissertation on plant cell polarity in the laboratory of Jiří Friml at IST Austria.

Subsequently, he moved to Ghent, Belgium, where he is a postdoc at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology in the group studying plant conductive tissues. He has been awarded prestigious European grants from EMBO and MSCA for his project at the interface between cell and developmental biology.

Anna Altová

coordinator – Sharing Czexpats

Anna is a PhD student at the Department of Demography and Geodemography at the Faculty of Science, Charles University.

She studies cancer epidemiology and prevention. She graduated the European Doctoral School of Demography at Max Planck Institute, Rostock and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.