Interviews

Former Ph.D. Student in LL Published in Nature Neuroscience

Read an interview with Jarda Bendl, an alumnus of Loschmidt Laboratories, who moved for a postdoc to the USA in 2017. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. One of his recent articles has been published in the top scientific journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Detailed Pathogen Detection in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Read about the results of scientists from several research teams at the International Clinical Research Centre (FNUSA-ICRC), a joint facility of Masaryk University and St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. The researchers demonstrated the link between microbial infections and the development of Alzheimer’s disease and focused on the frequency of the most common viral and bacterial pathogens in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

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Students Attended 50th Czech and Slovak Cerebrovascular Congress

Veronika Slonkova and Honza Mican, students of Loschmidt Laboratories of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, and FNUSA-ICRC, attended the 50th Czech and Slovak Cerebrovascular Congress (Mikulov, 22-24 June 2022). Honza gave a lecture on the computational design of a novel generation of thrombolytics and introduced a poster focused on protein engineering of staphylokinase. Veronika presented a poster focused on in vitro methods for the selection of thrombolytics. Read a short interview about the meeting here.

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Potential Stroke Cure Is 10,000 Times More Effective Than Thought

Martin Toul from the Loschmidt Laboratories of the Faculty of Science MU, RECETOX and the International Clinical Research Centre at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) has discovered in his work a connection that increases the previously recognized effectiveness of staphylokinase in dissolving blood clots up to ten thousand times. This breakthrough discovery could help to find new and more effective drugs for acute stroke patients.

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Former Visiting Student in LL Became Director of EKOPLON

Mateusz Samoraj, who conducted research at Loschmidt Laboratories in 2015, became a Director of Agrochemicals Technology and Product Development in EKOPLON. EKOPLON is a Polish company that provides comprehensive solutions for agricultural production in farm animal nutrition and foliar fertilizers. Mateusz obtained his Ph.D. at Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Poland in 2016, and he is the co-author of 24 publications, four patents, and one book.

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Getting Experience in Germany

Michal Vasina is a doctoral student of Environmental Health Sciences at the Faculty of Science of the Masaryk University. His research is focused on application of microfluidics in protein and metabolic engineering under the guidance of Prof. Zbynek Prokop in the Loschmidt Laboratories. Michal visited University of Greifswald in Germany from August to September 2021. Read short interview with Michal here.

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Research Visit in Switzerland

Michaela Slanska is a student of Biochemistry at Masaryk University who works on her Diploma Thesis in Zbynek Prokop’s Team of Loschmidt Laboratories. She visited prestigious Swiss university ETH Zürich from March to May 2021. On this occasion, we asked her for a short interview.

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The VIth Summer School Successfully Behind Us

Summer School on Protein Engineering organized by the Loschmidt Laboratories was performed on-line in June 2021. Thirty secondary school and university students attended the course and learnt about bioinformatics, molecular and structural biology, enzymology and microfluidics. Short interview with three students who succeeded in presentation of scientific article is here.

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Programming for Research

The prize of the Dean of the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University was awarded to two researchers from the Loschmidt Laboratories, Ondrej Vavra and Jan Stourac. On this occasion, we asked both colleagues who specializes in bioinformatics for a short interview.

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My Goal? Effective Linking of Scientific Disciplines for the Benefit of the Patient

Jan Mican became one of the holders of this year’s Dean’s Award of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University for the best undergraduate students of the faculty. He received it in the Category for outstanding scientific performance, where he took first place. In the Loschmidt Laboratories of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University and the FNUSA-ICRC, he focuses, for example, on the development of new thrombolytics within the Stroke Brno platform.

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Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction Using the FireProt ASR Web Server

Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction (ASR) is a technique used in the study of molecular evolution. In protein engineering, ASR is used to find unknown ancestral proteins from which the current ones have evolved. Researchers from Loschmidt Laboratories in cooperation with FIT VUT Brno have developed their own web application for the use of this method – FireProt ASR. The benefits of using this software were described by Rayyan Tariq Khan.

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I Was Literally Thrilled With Protein Engineering

Martin Toul is a Ph.D. student of Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics at Masaryk University. Martin works in Zbynek Prokop’s team and is interested in transient kinetics of proteins. He completed an internship in Thailand and his results have so far been awarded with the Brno Ph.D. Talent and the Rector’s Award for outstanding Master’s students. Read short interview with Martin here.

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I’m Attracted to Challenges. Protein Engineering and Working in a Spin-off Company Offer Plenty of Them.

Radka Chaloupkova studied Physical Chemistry at Masaryk University and defended her Doctoral thesis in the field of Biochemistry. She has completed two foreign research internships in Great Britain and worked as the leader of one of the research teams at Loschmidt Laboratories. At present, she is working in the spin-off company Enantis as Chief Scientific Officer.

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