prof. RNDr. Julius Lukeš, CSc.

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

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775416
Room: 002 / PARU II


Management and Leadership of the Institute of Parasitology

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 Biology, University of South Bohemia
· 2007-2012: Member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Natural 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-present: Director of the Institute of Parasitology
· 2012-present: Committee member of International Society of Protistologists

Honors and Awards

· 1993: EMBO Fellowship
· 1994-1996: Chairman of the Czech Society of Protozoology
· 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-present: Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

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
· 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, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012
· 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
· 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, 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

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 Parasitologova (Associate Editor)

Principal organizer of conferences

· XIII. biannual meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology – August 2000 (120 participants)
· Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis seminar of the British Society of Parasitology – August 2004 (140 participants)
· Euroleish Meeting – September 2004 (30 participants)
· Mitochondrion of trypanosomes enters the post-proteomic era – September 2009 (70 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: 275 records
Butenko A., da Silva V.T., Frolov A., Opperdoes F., Soares R.P., Kostygov A., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2018) Leptomonas pyrrhocoris: genomic insight into parasite’s physiology Current Genomics 19 : 150-156.
DOI: 10.2174/1389202918666170815143331

Documents to download:
Butenko et al. CurrGenomics 2018 (pdf)
Dixit S., Lukeš J. (2018) Combinatorial interplay of RNA binding proteins tune levels of mitochondrial mRNA in trypanosomes. RNA 24 : 1594–1606.
DOI: 10.1261/rna.066233.118
Faktorová D., Bär A., Hashimi H., McKenney K., Horák A., Schnaufer A., Rubio M., Alfonzo J., Lukeš J. (2018) TbUTP10, a protein involved in early stages of pre-18S rRNA processing in Trypanosoma brucei Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 225 : 84–93.
DOI: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2018.09.003

Documents to download:
Faktorova_et al._2018 (pdf)
Faktorová D., Valach M., Kaur B., Burger G., Lukeš J. (2018) Mitochondrial RNA editing and processing in diplonemid protists. In: M.W. Gray and J. Cruz-Reyes (Eds.), RNA Metabolism in Mitochondria Springer 145–176.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78190-7_6

Documents to download:
Faktorova 2018_chapter_RNA Metabolism in Mitochondria (pdf)
Flegontova O., Flegontov P., Malviya S., Poulain J., de Vargas C., Bowler C., Lukeš J., Horák A. (2018) Neobodonids are dominant kinetoplastids in the global ocean Environmental Microbiology 20 : 878-889.
DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14034

Documents to download:
Flegontova_et.al_2018 (pdf)
Gerasimov E.S., Gasparyan A.A., Kaurov I., Tichý B., Logacheva M., Kolesnikov A., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Zimmer S., Flegontov P. (2018) Trypanosomatid mitochondrial RNA editing: dramatically complex transcript repertoires revealed with a dedicated mapping tool Nucleic Acids Research 46 : 765-781.
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx1202

Documents to download:
Gerasimov et al. 2018 (pdf)
Grybchuk D., Akopyants N., Kostygov A., Konovalovas A., Lye L., Dobson D., Zangger H., Fasel N., Butenko A., Frolov A., Votýpka J., d’Avila-Levy C., Kulich P., Moravcová J., Plevka P., Rogozin I.B., Serva S., Lukeš J., Beverley S., Yurchenko V. (2018) Viral discovery and diversity in trypanosomatids with a focus on relatives of the human parasite Leishmania Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115 : E506-E515.
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717806115

Documents to download:
Grybchuk et al. 2018 PNAS (pdf)
Grybchuk D., Kostygov A., Macedo D.H., Votýpka J., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2018) RNA Viruses in Blechomonas (Trypanosomatidae) and Evolution of Leishmaniavirus mBio 9 : e01932-18.
DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01932-18
Harmer J., Yurchenko V., Nenarokova A., Lukeš J., Ginger M. (2018) Farming, slaving and enslavement: histories of endosymbioses during kinetoplastid evolution. Parasitology 145 : 1311–1323.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182018000781

Documents to download:
Harmer et al.2018_Parasitology (pdf)
Ishemgulova A., Hlaváčová J., Majerová K., Butenko A., Lukeš J., Votýpka J., Volf P., Yurchenko V. (2018) CRISPR/Cas9 in Leishmania mexicana: A case study of LmxBTN1 PLOS ONE 13 : e0192723.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192723

Documents to download:
Ishemgulova et al. 2018 PLOS ONE (pdf)
Kaur B., Valach M., Pena Diaz C., Moreira S., Keeling P., Burger G., Lukeš J., Faktorová D. (2018) Transformation of Diplonema papillatum, the type species of the highly diverse and abundant marine micro-eukaryotes Diplonemida (Euglenozoa Environmental Microbiology 20 : 1030-1040.
DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14041

Documents to download:
Kaur_et_al._Environmental Microbiology_2018 (pdf)
Kaurov I., Vancová M., Schimanski B., Cadena L.R., Heller J., Bílý T., Potěšil D., Eichenberger C., Bruce H., Oeljeklaus S., Warscheid B., Zdráhal Z., Schneider A., Lukeš J., Hashimi H. (2018) The diverged trypanosome MICOS complex as a hub for mitochondrial cristae shaping and protein import Current Biology 28 : 3393–3407.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.008
Lukeš J., Butenko A., Hashimi H., Maslov D., Votýpka J., Yurchenko V. (2018) Trypanosomatids Are Much More than Just Trypanosomes: Clues from the Expanded Family Tree Trends in Parasitology 34 : 466-480.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Lukes et al._Trends in Parasitology_2018 (pdf)
Lukeš J., Husník F. (2018) Microsporidia: A Single Horizontal Gene Transfer Drives a Great Leap Forward Current Biology 28 : R712–R715.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.031

Documents to download:
Lukes et Husnik_Current Biology_2018 (pdf)
Moya A., Lukeš J., and 61 additional authors (2018) Harassment charges: Injustice done? Science 361 : 655–656.
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau7088

Documents to download:
Moya et al. 2018_Science 361: 655–656 (pdf)
Pena Diaz C., Lukeš J. (2018) Fe-S cluster assembly in the supergroup Excavata. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 23 : 521–541.
DOI: 10.1007/s00775-018-1568-2

Documents to download:
Pena-Diaz and Lukeš_2018_JBIC (pdf)
Pena Diaz C., Mach J., Kriegová E., Poliak P., Tachezy J., Lukeš J. (2018) Trypanosomal mitochondrial intermediate peptidase does not behave as a classical mitochondrial processing peptidase. PLoS One 13 : e0196474.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196474

Documents to download:
Pena-Diaz et al._2018_PLos ONE (pdf)
Schwelm A., Badstöber J., Bulman S., Desoignies N., Etemadi M., Falloon R.E., Gachon C. M., Legreve A., Lukeš J., Merz U., Nenarokova A., Strittmatter M., Sullivan B.K., Neuhauser A.S. (2018) Not in your usual Top 10: protists that infect plants and algae Molecular Plant Pathology 19 : 1029-1044.
DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12580

Documents to download:
Schwelm et al. 2018 MPP (pdf)
Silva F.M., Kostygov A., Spodareva V.V., Butenko A., Tossou R. , Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Alves J.M.P. (2018) The reduced genome of Candidatus Kinetoplastibacterium sorsogonicusi, the endosymbiont of Kentomonas sorsogonicus (Trypanosomatidae): loss of the haem-synthesis pathway Parasitology 145 : 1287–1293.
DOI: 10.1017/S003118201800046X

Documents to download:
Silva et al. 2018_Parasitology (pdf)
Spodareva V.V., Grybchuk-Ieremenko A., Losev A., Votýpka J., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A. (2018) Diversity and evolution of anuran trypanosomes: insights from the study of European species Parasites & Vectors 11 : 447.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-3023-1

Documents to download:
Spodareva et al.2018_Parasites&Vector (pdf)

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