MVDr. Kateřina Jirků, Ph.D.


Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of parasitic therapy

Contact details

Phone: +420-38-777-5470
Room: 126



  • Graduate research, Department of Pathology and Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno(UVPS), Oct 2008 - Jun 2013, Ph.D. degree;
  • Undergraduate study, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,UVPS,  Sept 2001 - Sept 2008, DVM. degree;


Career outline

  • Oct 2013 - present: Head of the Laboratory of Parasitic Therapy, Institute of Parasitology, BC CAS
  • 2009 - Sept2013: employed as the research assistent and junior researcher at the Department of Pathological Morphology and Parasitology, UVPS


Research activities

  • development of novel strategies for biological therapy of IBD
  • role of gut eukaryotes (e.g., protists and helminths) in immune-mediated diseases with focus on IBD
  • host immune response to colonization by eukaryotic symbionts
  • human and veterinary parasitology
  • diversity, genetic variability and host specificity of gut parasites of primates incl. humans
Curriculum vitae

     Selected publications:

Jirků-Pomajbíková K, Stensvold CR (2017) Balantioides coli (formerly Balantidium coli). In: Long, Prober and Fisher (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infection Diseases, 5th edition. Elsevier, MO, USA, 1309-1311. (ISBN: 987--323-40181-4)

Červená B, Vallo P, Pafčo B, Jirků K, Jirků M, Petrželková KJ, Todd A, Turkalo AK, Modrý D (2017) Host specificity and basic ecology of Mammomonogamus (Nematoda, Syngamidae) from lowland gorillas and forest elephants in Central African Republic. Parasitology 144:1016-25. (doi: 10.1017/S0031182017000221)

Jirků-Pomajbíková K, Čepička I, Kalousová B, Jirků M, Stewart F, Levecke B, Modrý D, Piel AK, Petrželková KJ (2015) Molecular identification of Entamoeba species in savanna woodland chimpanzees (P. t. schweinfurthii). Parasitology 143:741-48. (doi: 10.1017//S0031182016000263)

Lukeš J, Stensvold CR, Jirků-Pomajbíková K, Wegener Parfrey L (2015) Are human intestinal eukaryotes beneficial or commensals? Plos Pathogens 11:e2005039. (doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005039)

Lukeš J, Kuchta R, Scholz T, Pomajbíková K (2014) (Self-) infections with parasites: re-interpretations for the present. Trends in Parasitology 30:377-85. (doi: 10.1016/

Total found: 29 records
Pafčo B., Tehlárová Z., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Todd A., Hasegawa H., Petrželková K. J., Modrý D. (2018) Gastrointestinal protists and helminths of habituated agilemangabeys (Cercocebus agilis) at Bai Hokou, Central AfricanRepublic American Journal of Primatology e22736.
DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22736
Červená B., Vallo P., Pafčo B., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Petrželková K. J., Todd A., Turkalo A.K., Modrý D. (2017) Host specificity and basic ecology of Mammomonogamus (Nematoda, Syngamidae) from lowland gorillas and forest elephants in Central African Republic Parasitology 144 : 1016-1025.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182017000221
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Stensvold C. (2017) Balantioides coli (formerly Balantidium coli). In: S.S. Long, C.G.Prober and M. Fisher (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infection Diseases Elsevier, MO 1303-1304.
Wegner Parfrey L., Jirků M., Šíma R., Jalovecká M., Sak B., Grigore K., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2017) A bening helminth alters the host immune system and the gut microbiota in a rat model system PloS ONE 12 : e0182205.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182205
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Čepička I., Kalousová B., Jirků M., Stewart F., Levecke B., Modrý D., Piel A., Petrželková K. J. (2016) Molecular identification of Entamoeba species in savanna woodland chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Parasitology 143 : 741-748.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182016000263
Grim J., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Ponce-Gordo F. (2015) Light microscopic morphometrics, ultrastructure, and molecularphylogeny of the putative pycnotrichid Ciliate, Buxtonella sulcata European Journal of Protistology 51 : 425-436.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2015.06.003
Jirků M., Votýpka J., Petrželková K., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Kriegová E., Vodička R., Lankester F., Leendertz S., Witting R., Boesch C., Modrý D., Ayala F., Leendertz F., Lukeš J. (2015) Wild chimpanzees are infected by Trypanosoma brucei International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4 : 277-282.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.05.001

Documents to download:
Jirku-IJPPAW-2015 (pdf)
Lukeš J., Stensvold C., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Wegener Parfrey L. (2015) Are human intestinal eukaryotes beneficial, or commensals? PLoS Pathogens 11 : e1005039.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005039

Documents to download:
Lukes_et_al_PLOSPathogens (pdf)
Mapua M., Qablan M., Pomajbíková K., Petrželková K., Hůzová Z., Rádrová J., Votýpka J., Todd A., Jirků M., Leendertz F., Lukeš J., Neel C., Modrý D. (2015) Ecology of malaria infections in western lowland gorillas inhabiting Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, Central African Republic Parasitology 142 : 890-900.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182015000086

Documents to download:
Mapua et al. Paraditology 2015 (pdf)
Flahoua B., Modrý D., Pomajbíková K., Petrželková K., Smeta A., Ducatellea R., Pasmansa F., Sáb R., Toddh A., Hashimotoi C., Mulamaj M., Kiangk J., Rossil M., Haesebroucka F. (2014) Diversity of zoonotic enterohepatic Helicobacter species and detection of a putative novel gastric Helicobacter species in wild and wild-born captive chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas Veterinary Microbiology 174 : 186-194.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.08.032
Kalousová B., Piel A., Pomajbíková K., Modrý D., Stewart F., Petrželková K. (2014) Gastrointestinal parasites of savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Ugalla, Tanzania International Journal of Primatology 35 : 436-475.
DOI: 10.1007/s10764-014-9753-9
Lukeš J., Kuchta R., Scholz T., Pomajbíková K. (2014) (Self-) infections with parasites: re-interpretations for the present Trends in parasitology 30 : 377-385.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Lukes et al TIP 2014 (pdf)
Růžicová M., Petrželková K., Kalousová B., Modrý D., Pomajbíková K. (2014) Validation of Flotac for the Detection and Quantification of Troglodytella abrassarti and Neobalantidium coli in Chimpanzees and Pigs Journal of parasitology 100 : 662-670.
DOI: 10.1645/14-505.1
Sak B., Petrželková K., Květoňová D., Mynářová A., Pomajbíková K., Modrý D., Cranfield M., Mudakikwa A., Kváč M. (2014) Diversity of Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and Giardia in Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda PLOS ONE 9 : e109751.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109751
Brant S., Pomajbíková K., Modry D., Petrželková K., Todd A., Loker E. (2013) Molecular phylogenetics of the elephant schistosome Bivitellobilharzia loxodontae (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) from the Central African Republic Journal of helminthology 87 : 102-107.
DOI: 10.1017/S0022149X1200003X
Pomajbíková K., Oborník M., Horák A., Petrželková K., Grim J., Levecke B., Todd A., Mulama M., Kiyang J., Modrý D. (2013) Novel Insights into the Genetic Diversity of Balantidium and Balantidium-like Cyst-forming Ciliates. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 7 : e2140.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002140

Documents to download:
Pomajbikova_et_al_2013 (pdf)
Sá R., Petrášová J., Pomajbíková K., Profousová I., Petrželková K., Sousa C., Cable J., Bruford M., Modrý D. (2013) Gastrointestinal symbionts of chimpanzees in Cantanhez National Park, Guinea-Bissau with respect to habitat fragmentation American Journal of Primatology 75 : 1032-1041.
DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22170

Documents to download:
Sa_et_al_2013 (pdf)
Sak B., Petrželková K. J., Květoňová D., Mynarova A., Shutt K., Kalousová B., Pomajbíková K., Modrý D., Benavides J., Todd A., Kváč M. (2013) Long-Term Monitoring of Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and Giardia Infections in Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Different Stages of Habituation in Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, Central African Republic PLOS ONE 8 : e71840.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071840
Schovancová K., Pomajbíková K., Procházka P., Modrý D., Bolechová P., Petrželková K. (2013) Impact of high dietary starch on the ciliate, Balantidium coli, in captive chimpanzees PLOS One 8 : e81374.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081374

Documents to download:
Schovancova_et_al_2013 (pdf)
Jirků M., Pomajbíková K., Petrželková K., Hůzová Z., Modrý D., Lukeš J. (2012) Detection of Plasmodium spp. in human feces. Emerging Infectious Diseases 18 : 634–636.
DOI: 10.3201/eid1804.110984

Documents to download:
2012_Jirku_EID_634 (pdf)

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