prof. RNDr. Julius Lukeš, CSc.

Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Protists

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775416

Curriculum vitae

Professional Experience:

1991–present  Research Scientist, Institute of Parasitology, České Budějovice

1992–2012      Member of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Parasitology

1993                Postdoctoral Fellow, E.C.Slater Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1995–present  Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, Institute of Parasitology

1994–1997      Assistant, Faculty of Biology, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

1997–1998      Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside

1998–1999      Visiting Scientist, Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

2003–2012      Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, University of South Bohemia

2006–present  Professor, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia

2007–2012      Member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Sciences

2008–present  Member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Agriculture

2008–2012      Head of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Parasitology 

2012–2022      Director of the Institute of Parasitology

2012–present  Committee member of the International Society of Protistologists

2021–present  Vice–head of the Scientific board of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Honors and Awards:

1993                EMBO Fellowship

1995                Fulbright Travel Grant

1997                Young Scientist Award of the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences

2000–2005      European Councillor of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology

2006–2008      President of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology

2002                Prize of the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding young researchers

2003–2009      President of the Czech Society of Protozoology

2004–present  Member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

2007                Prize of the Czech Academy of Sciences

2007–2009      Vice–president of the International Society of Protistologists

2009–2011      Associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

2011                Prize of the Minister of Education for Excellence in Research

2012–2017      Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

2013–present  Member of the Faculty of 1000

2013                Medal from the mayor for merits in research and education

2014–present  Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology

2015–present  Fellow of the European Academy of Microbiology

2016–present  Member of the Comenius Academic Club

2018–present  Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2020                Prize of the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences for research excellence

2020–present  Member of the scientific board of the Neuron Endowment Fund


Invited Lectures:

  • University of Hannover, Germany, 1991
  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1993, 1994, 2003
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, 1995
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA, 1995
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, 1995
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA, 1997
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 1997, 2000
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 1998, 1999, 2002
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2010
  • School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK, 2000
  • Institute of Cytology, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2001
  • De Duve Institute of Pathology, Brussels, Belgium, 2002, 2006
  • Max–Planck–Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany, 2002
  • Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2003, 2008
  • CIRAD, Montpellier, France, 2003
  • Sun Yat–Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014
  • Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2004
  • University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland, 2004
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA, 2004
  • New York University, New York, USA, 2004
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2004
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2005
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Vancouver, Canada, 2005, 2006
  • Foundation Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005
  • University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005
  • Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle, USA, 2006, 2010
  • Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada, 2006
  • South Medical University, Guangzhou, China, 2006
  • Kuvin Centre, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 2006
  • Technion–Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, 2006
  • University of California, Riverside, USA, 2007
  • Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, 2008
  • University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., 2008
  • Newcastle University, U.K., 2008
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Quebec, Canada, 2008
  • University of Cambridge, U.K., 2008
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2008
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2008
  • University of Bern, Switzerland, 2008
  • University of California, Irvine, USA, 2009
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, 2009
  • University of Cardiff, Cardiff, U.K., 2010
  • University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, 2010
  • Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2010
  • Seattle Biomed, Seattle, USA, 2010, 2012
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, 2011, 2013
  • King Abdulah University, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory, Cambridge, U.K., 2011
  • University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011, 2012
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2011
  • Biodiversity Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2012
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K., 2012
  • University of California, Riverside, USA, 2012
  • Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, 2012
  • National Institutes of Alergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, USA, 2012
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2012
  • University of Exeter, Exeter, U.K., 2012
  • Chinese Agricultural University, Beijing, China, 2012
  • Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France, 2013
  • Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany, 2013
  • Clemson University, Clemson, USA, 2013
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, 2013
  • Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, 2013
  • University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, U.K., 2014
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine, Havana, Cuba, 2014
  • East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2014
  • Beckman Centre, University of California, Irvine, USA, 2015
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, 2015
  • Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., 2015
  • Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, USA, 2015
  • Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, 2015
  • Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016
  • University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., 2016
  • University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2016
  • University of Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany, 2016
  • Duke University, Durham, USA, 2017
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, 2017
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, USA, 2017
  • Université de la Reunion, St. Denis, France, 2017
  • Gdansk University, Gdansk, Poland, 2017
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, U.K., 2017
  • École Normal Superieure, Lyon, France, 2017
  • Ahmed Ben Bella University, Oran, Algeria, 2017
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, Canada, 2008–2018
  • Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2019
  • École nationale vétérinaire d’Alfort, Paris, France, 2019
  • Balaton Limnological Institute, Tihany, Hungary, 2020
  • University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 2020 (e–way)
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, 2020 (e–way)
  • New York University, New York, USA, 2022 (e–way)


Editorial Board:

2004–2006      Protistology

2005–2011      Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology

2004–2008      Kinetoplastid Biology and Diseases

2009–present  The Open Parasitology Journal

2010–2012      International Journal for Parasitology

2011–2012      Folia Parasitologica (Associate Editor)

2015–              PeerJ

2017–              Protist (Associate Editor)

2018–              PLoS Pathogens (ad hoc Associate Editor)

2019–              Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (Associate Editor)

2020–              mLife

Principal organizer of conferences

  1. XIII. biannual conferecne (International Society for Evolutionary Protistology)–August 2000 (120 participants)
  2. Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis seminar (British Society of Parasitology)–August 2004 (140 participants)
  3. Euroleish Meeting (EU consortium)–September 2004 (30 participants)
  4. Mitochondrion of trypanosomes enters the post–proteomic era–September 2009 (70 participants)
  5. Integrated Microbial Biodiversity workshop (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)–June 2014 (75 participants)
  6. Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis seminar (British Society of Parasitology)–September 2016 (270 participants)
  7. Comparative genomics of unicellular eukaryotes: Interactions and symbioses (EMBO conference in St. Feliu de Guixols)–originally planned for October 2021, postoponed to October 2022 (130 planned participants)

Teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Parasites
Faculty of Science University of South Bohemia

Biology of Parasitic Protozoa
Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia

Principles of Molecular Biology
Faculty of Science University of South Bohemia

Total found: 362 records
Flegontova O., Flegontov P., Jachníková N., Lukeš J., Horák A. (2023) Water masses shape pico-nano eukaryotic communities of the Weddell Sea Communications Biology 6 : 64.
DOI: 10.1038/s42003-023-04452-7
Kachale A., Pavliková Z., Nenarokova A., Roithová A., Durante I., Miletínová P., Záhonová K., Nenarokov S., Votýpka J., Horáková E., Ross R.L., Yurchenko V., Beznosková P., Paris Z., Valášek L.S., Lukeš J. (2023) Short tRNA anticodon stem and mutant eRF1 allow stop codon reassignment Nature 613 : 751–758.
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-05584-2
Benz C., Muller N., Kaltenbrunner S., Váchová H. , Vancová M., Lukeš J., Varga V., Hashimi H. (2022) Kinetoplastid-specific X2-family kinesins interact with a kinesin-like pleckstrin homology domain protein that localizes to the trypanosomal microtubule quartet Molecular Microbiology 118 : 155–174..
DOI: 10.1111/mmi.14958

Documents to download:
Benz_2022_MolMicrob (pdf)
George E.E., Tashyreva D., Kwong W.K., Okamoto N., Horák A., Husník F., Lukeš J., Keeling P. (2022) Gene transfer agents in bacterial endosymbionts of microbial eukaryotes Genome Biology and Evolution 14 : evac099.
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evac099

Documents to download:
George_2022_GBE (pdf)
Gerasimov E.S., Afonin D.A., Korzhavina O.A., Lukeš J., Low R., Hall N., Tyler K., Yurchenko V., Zimmer S. (2022) Mitochondrial RNA editing in Trypanoplasma borreli: New tools, new revelations Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 20 : 6388-6402.
DOI: 10.1016/j.csbj.2022.11.023

Documents to download:
Gerasimov_2022_CompAndBiotJ (pdf)
Hammond M., Dorrell R.G., Speijer D., Lukeš J. (2022) Eukaryotic cellular intricacies shape mitochondrial proteomic complexity BioEssays 44 : 2100258.
DOI: 10.1002/bies.202100258

Documents to download:
Hammond_2022_BioEssays (pdf)
Horáková E., Lecordier L., Cunha P., Sobotka R., Changmai P., Langedijk C.J.M., Abbeele J.V.D., Vanhollebeke B., Lukeš J. (2022) Heme-deficient metabolism and impaired cellular differentiation as an evolutionary trade-off for human infectivity in Trypanosoma brucei gambiense Nature Communications 13 : 7075 .
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-34501-4

Documents to download:
Horakova_2022_NatComm (pdf)
Jorge F., Brealey J.C., Brindley P.J., Buysse M., Cantacessi C., Duron O., Fichorova R., Fitzpatrick C.R., Hahn M., Hunter C., Hervé V., Knoll L.J., Kohl K.D., Lalle M., Lukeš J., Martínez J.M., Martínez J.M., Perkins S.L., Poulin R., Rosario K., Schneider A.C., Schriml L.M., Thompson L.R., Walls R.L., Dheilly N.M. (2022) MIxS-SA: a MIxS extension defining the minimum information standard for sequence data from symbiont-associated micro-organisms ISME Communications 2 : 9.
DOI: 10.1038/s43705-022-00092-w

Documents to download:
Jorge_2022_ISME (pdf)
Kořený L., Oborník M., Horáková E., Waller R., Lukeš J. (2022) The convoluted history of haem biosynthesis Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 97 : 141–162.
DOI: 10.1111/brv.1279

Documents to download:
Koreny_2022_Biol-Reviews (pdf)
Lukeš J., Kachale A., Votýpka J., Butenko A., Field M. (2022) African trypanosome strategies for conquering new hosts and territories: the end of monophyly? Trends in Parasitology 38 : 9.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Lukes_2022_TrensParasitol (pdf)
Prokopchuk G., Korytář T., Juricová V., Horák A., Majstorović J., Šimek K., Lukeš J. (2022) Trophic flexibility of marine diplonemids - switching from osmotrophy to bacterivory The ISME Journal 16 : 1409–1419.
DOI: 10.1038/s41396-022-01192-0

Documents to download:
Prokopchuk_2022_ISMEJ (pdf)
Štefka J., Votýpka J., Lukeš J., Balvín O. (2022) Parasite of the month: Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus (Bed bugs) Trends in Parasitology 38 : 919–920.
DOI: 10.1016/
Tashyreva D., Simpson A., Prokopchuk G., Škodová-Sveráková I., Butenko A., Hammond M., George E.E., Flegontova O., Záhonová K., Faktorová D., Yabuki A., Horák A., Keeling P., Lukeš J. (2022) Diplonemids - A Review on "New" Flagellates on the Oceanic Block Protist 173 : 125868.
DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2022.125868

Documents to download:
Tashyreva_2022_Protist (pdf)
Votýpka J., Stříbrná E., Modrý D., Bryja J., Bryjová A., Lukeš J. (2022) Unexpectedly high diversity of trypanosomes in small sub-Saharan mammals International Journal for Parasitology 52 : 647–658.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2022.06.002

Documents to download:
Votypka_2022_IJP (pdf)
Zakharova A., Albanaz A.T.S., Opperdoes F.R., Škodová-Sveráková I., Zagirova D., Saura A., Chmelová L., Gerasimov E.S., Leštinová T., Bečvář T., Sádlová J., Volf P., Lukeš J., Horváth A., Butenko A., Yurchenko V. (2022) Leishmania guyanensis M4147 as a new LRV1-bearing model parasite: Phosphatidate phosphatase 2-like protein controls cell cycle progression and intracellular lipid content PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 16 : e0010510.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0010510
Zhang P., Chen K., Svobodová M., Yang T.-B., Lukeš J., Zhang J., Lun Z., Lai D.-H. (2022) Does the fish-infecting Trypanosoma micropteri belong to Trypanosoma carassii Folia Parasitologica 69 : 024.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2022.024
Albanaz A.T.S., Gerasimov E.S., Shaw J.J., Sádlová J., Lukeš J., Volf P., Opperdoes F.R., Kostygov A., Butenko A., Yurchenko V. (2021) Genome snalysis of endotrypanum and porcisia spp., closest phylogenetic relatives of Leishmania, highlights the role of amastins in shaping pathogenicity Genes 12 : 444.
DOI: 10.3390/genes12030444

Documents to download:
Albanas_2021_Genes (pdf)
Bílý T., Sheikh S., Mallet A., Bastin P., Pérez-Morga D., Lukeš J., Hashimi H. (2021) Ultrastructural Changes of the Mitochondrion During the Life Cycle of Trypanosoma brucei. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 68 : e12846.
DOI: 10.1111/jeu.12846

Documents to download:
Bily_2021_JEukMic (pdf)
Butenko A., Hammond M., Field M., Ginger M., Yurchenko V., Lukeš J. (2021) Reductionist Pathways for Parasitism in Euglenozoans? Expanded Datasets Provide New Insights Trends in Parasitology 37 : 100–116.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Butenko_2021_TrendsPar (pdf)
Feng J., Zhu H., Lukeš J., Korábečná M., Fohlerová Z., Mei T., Chang H., Neužil P. (2021) Nanowatt simple microcalorimetry for dynamically monitoring the defense mechanism of Paramecium caudatum Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 323 : 112643.
DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2021.112643

Documents to download:
Feng_2021_SenActuatPhysic (pdf)

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