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

1995–2022      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–present   Director of the Institute of Parasitology

2012–present   Committee member of the International Society of Protistologists

2021–present   Vice–head of the principal 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

2023                  Member - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2023-present     EMBO member


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)
  • University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2022
  • National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, 2023
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA, 2023


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 conference (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 postproteomic 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) – October 2022 (130 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: 399 records
Afonin D.A., Gerasimov E.S., Škodová-Sveráková I., Záhonová K., Gahura O., Albanaz A.T.S., Myšková E., Bykova A., Paris Z., Lukeš J., Opperdoes F.R., Horváth A., Zimmer S., Yurchenko V. (2024) Blast ocrithidia nonst op mit oc hondrial g enome and its expr ession ar e r emarkably insulated from nuclear codon reassignment Nucleic Acids Research 50 : 3870–3885.
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkae168

Documents to download:
Afonin_2024_NAR (pdf)
Aguado M.E., Carvalho S., Valdés-Tresanco M.E., Lin D., Padilla-Mejia N.E., Corpas-Lopez V., Tesařová M., Lukeš J., Gray D.W., González-Bacerio J., Wyllie S., Field M. (2024) Identification and Validation of Compounds Targeting Leishmania major Leucyl-Aminopeptidase M17 ACS Infectious Diseases 10 : 2002−2017.
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.4c00009
Bartošová-Sojková P., Butenko A., Richtová J., Fiala I., Oborník M., Lukeš J. (2024) Inside the host: understanding the evolutionary trajectories of intracellular parasitism ANNUAL REVIEW OF MICROBIOLOGY 78 : 3.1–3.21.
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-micro-041222-025305
Butenko A., Lukeš J., Speijer D., Weideman J.G. (2024) Mitochondrial genomes revisited: Why dodifferent lineages retain different genes? BMC Biology 22 : 15.
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-024-01824-1

Documents to download:
Butenko_2024_BMCBiol (pdf)
Cadena L.R., Edgcomb V., Lukeš J. (2024) Gazing into the abyss: A glimpse into the diversity, distribution, and behaviour of heterotrophic protists from the deep-sea floor Environmental Microbiology 16 : e16598.
DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.16598

Documents to download:
Cadena_2024_EvnMicrob (pdf)
Chmelová L., Kraeva N., Saura A., Krayzel A., Vieira C.S., Neves Ferreira T., Soares R.P., Bučková B., Galan A., Horáková E., Ganyukova A., Malysheva M., Butenko A., Prokopchuk G., Frolov A., Lukeš J., Horváth A., Škodová-Sveráková I., Feder D., Kostygov A., Yurchenko V. (2024) Intricate balance of dually-localized catalase in /Leptomonas seymouri/ (Kinetoplastea: Trypanosomatidae) modulates infectivity International Journal for Parasitology 54 : 391-400.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2024.04.007
del Campo J., Carlos-Oliveira M., Čepička I., Hehenberger E., Horák A., Karnkowska A., Kolísko M., Lara E., Lukeš J., Pánek T., Piwosz K., Richter D.J., Škaloud P., Šuťák R., Tachezy J., Hampl V. (2024) The protist cultural renaissance Trends in Microbiology 32 : 128-131.
DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2023.11.010

Documents to download:
delCampo_2024_TrendsParasitol (pdf)
Grybchuk D., Galan A., Klocek D., Macedo D.H., Wolf Y.I., Votýpka J., Butenko A., Lukeš J., Neri U., Záhonová K., Kostygov A., Koonin E.V., Yurchenko V. (2024) Identification of diverse RNA viruses in Obscuromonas flagellates (Euglenozoa: Trypanosomatidae: Blastocrithidiinae) Virus Evolution 10 : veae037.
DOI: 10.1093/ve/veae037
Kostygov A., Albanaz A.T.S., Butenko A., Gerasimov E.S., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2024) Phylogenetic framework to explore trait evolution in Trypanosomatidae Trends in Parasitology 40 : 2.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Kostygov_2024_TrendsParasitol (pdf)
Lukeš J., Čepička I., Kolísko M. (2024) Evolution: No end in sight for novel incredible (heterotrophic) protists Current Biology 34 : R53–R74.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2023.10.065

Documents to download:
Lukes_2024_CurrBiol (pdf)
Opperdoes F.R., Záhonová K., Škodová-Sveráková I., Bučková B., Chmelová L., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2024) In silico prediction of the metabolism of Blastocrithidia nonstop, a trypanosomatid with non-canonical genetic code BMC Genomics 25 : 184.
DOI: 10.1186/s12864-024-10094-8

Documents to download:
Opperdoes_2024_BMCGenom (pdf)
Albanaz A.T.S., Carrington M., Frolov A., Ganyukova A., Gerasimov E.S., Lukeš J., Malysheva M., Votýpka J., Zakharova A., Záhonová K., Zimmer S., Yurchenko V., Butenko A. (2023) Shining the spotlight on the neglected: new high-quality genome assemblies as a gateway to understanding the evolution of Trypanosomatidae BMC Genomics 24 : 471.
DOI: 10.1186/s12864-023-09591-z

Documents to download:
Albanaz_2023 (pdf)
Bruce Krejčí A., Votýpková K., Lukeš J., Votýpka J. (2023) Varroa destructor Trends in Parasitology 39 : 487-488.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Bruce_Krejci_2023_TrensParasitol (pdf)
Faktorová D., Záhonová K., Benz C., Dacks J., Field M., Lukeš J. (2023) Functional differentiation of Sec13 paralog in the euglenozoan protists Open Biology 13 : 220364.
DOI: 10.1098/rsob.220364

Documents to download:
Faktorova_2023_OpenBiol (pdf)
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

Documents to download:
Flegontova_2023_CommBiol (pdf)
Flegontova O., Lukeš J., Horák A. (2023) Intragenomic diversity of the V9 hypervariable domain in eukaryotes has little effect on metabarcoding iScience 26 : 107291.
DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.107291

Documents to download:
Flegontova_2023_iScience (pdf)
George E.E., Barcytė D., Lax G., Livingston S., Tashyreva D., Husník F., Lukeš J., Eliáš M., Keeling P. (2023) A single cryptomonad cell harbours a complex community of organelles, bacteria, a phage and selfish elements Current Biology 33 : 1982–1996.e4.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2023.04.010

Documents to download:
George_2023_CurrBiol (pdf)
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

Documents to download:
Kachale_2023_Nature (pdf)
Lukeš J., Speijer D., Panicucci Zíková A., Alfonzo J., Hashimi H., Field M. (2023) Trypanosomes as a magnifying glass for cell and molecular biology Trends in Parasitology 39 : 902–912.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Lukes_2023_TrendsParasitol (pdf)
Macedo D.H., Grybchuk D., Režnarová J., Votýpka J., Klocek D., Yurchenko T., Ševčík J., Magri A., Dolinská M.U., Záhonová K., Lukeš J., Servienė E., Jászayová A., Serva S., Malysheva M., Frolov A., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A. (2023) Diversity of RNA viruses in the cosmopolitan monoxenous trypanosomatid Leptomonas pyrrhocoris BMC Biology 21 : 191.
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-023-01687-y

Documents to download:
Macedo_2023_BMCBiol (pdf)

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