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 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

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

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

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
  • 2018                PLoS Pathogens
  • 2019                Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (Associate Editor)

Principal organizer of conferences

  1. XIII. biannual meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology – August 2000 (120 participants)
  2. Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis seminar of the British Society of Parasitology – August 2004 (140 participants)
  3. Euroleish Meeting – 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 of the British Society of Parasitology – September 2016 (270 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: 342 records
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)
Gerasimov E.S., Gasparyan A.A., Afonin D.A., Zimmer S., Kraeva N., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Kolesnikov A. (2021) Complete minicircle genome of Leptomonas pyrrhocoris reveals sources of its non-canonical mitochondrial RNA editing events Nucleic Acids Research 49 : 3354-3370.
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkab114

Documents to download:
Gerasimov_2021_NucAcidResearch (pdf)
Hammond M., Zoltner M., Garrigan J., Butterfield E., Varga V., Lukeš J., Field M. (2021) The distinctive flagellar proteome of Euglena gracilis illuminates the complexities of protistan flagella adaptation New Phytologist 232 : 1323–1336.
DOI: 10.1111/nph.17638
Husník F., Tashyreva D., Boscaro V., George E.E., Lukeš J., Keeling P. (2021) Bacterial and archaeal symbioses with protists Current Biology 31 : R862–R877.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.05.049

Documents to download:
Husnik_2021_Current_Biology (pdf)
Kostygov A., Karnkowska A., Votýpka J., Tashyreva D., Maciszewski K., Yurchenko V., Lukeš J. (2021) Euglenozoa: taxonomy, diversity and ecology, symbioses and viruses Open Biology 11 : 200407.
DOI: 10.1098/rsob.200407

Documents to download:
Kostygov_2021_OpenBiology (pdf)
Lopes A.L.K., Kriegová E., Lukeš J., Krieger M.A. (2021) Distribution of Merlin in eukaryotes and first report of DNA transposons in kinetoplastid protists. Plos ONE 16 : e0251133.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0251133

Documents to download:
Lopes_2021_PlosOne (pdf)
Lukeš J., Kaur B., Speijer D. (2021) RNA editing in Mitochondria and plastids: weird and widespread Trends in Genetics 37 : 2.
DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2020.10.004

Documents to download:
Lukes_2021_TiG (pdf)
Lukeš J., Tesařová M., Votýpka J., Yurchenko V. (2021) Characterization of a new cosmopolitan genus of trypanosomatid parasites, Obscuromonas gen. nov. (Blastocrithidiinae subfam. nov.) European Journal of Protistology 79 : 125778.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2021.125778

Documents to download:
Lukes_2021_EJP (pdf)
Opperdoes F.R., Butenko A., Zakharova A., Gerasimov E.S., Zimmer S., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2021) The Remarkable Metabolism of Vickermania ingenoplastis: Genomic Predictions Pathogens 10 : E68.
DOI: 10.3390/pathogens10010068

Documents to download:
Opperdoes_2021_Pathogens (pdf)
Padilla-Meija N., Kořený L., Holden J., Vancová M., Lukeš J., Zoltner M., Field M. (2021) A hub and spoke nuclear lamina architecture in trypanosomes Journal of Cell Science 134 : jcs251264.
DOI: 10.1242/jcs.251264

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Padilla-Mejia_2021_JCS (pdf)
Poláková E., Záhonová K., Albanaz A.T.S., Butenko A., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V. (2021) Diverse telomeres in trypanosomatids Parasitology 148 : 1254–1270.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182021000378

Documents to download:
Polakova_2021_Parasitology (pdf)
Pyrih J., Pánek T., Durante I., Rašková V., Cimrhanzlová K., Kriegová E., Tsaousis A., Eliáš M., Lukeš J. (2021) Vestiges of the Bacterial Signal Recognition Particle-Based Protein Targeting in Mitochondria. Molecular Biology and Evolution 38 : 3170–3187.
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msab090

Documents to download:
Pyrih_2021_MolBiolEvol (pdf)
Skalický T., Alves J.M.P., Morais A.C., Režnarová J., Butenko A., Lukeš J., Buck G.A., Teixeira M.M.G., Camargo E.P., Sanders M., Cotton J.A., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A. (2021) Endosymbiont capture, a repeated process of endosymbiont transfer with replacement in trypanosomatids Angomonas spp. Pathogens 10 : 702.
DOI: 10.3390/pathogens10060702

Documents to download:
Skalicky_2021_Pathogens (pdf)
Škodová-Sveráková I., Záhonová K., Juricová V., Danchenko M., Moos M., Baráth P., Prokopchuk G., Butenko A., Lukáčová V., Kohútová L., Bučková B., Horák A., Faktorová D., Horváth A., Šimek P., Lukeš J. (2021) Highly flexible metabolism of the marine euglenozoan protist /Diplonema papillatum/ BMC Biology 19 : 251.
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-021-01186-y

Documents to download:
Skodova-Sverakova_2021_BMCBiol (pdf)
Smilansky V., Jirků M., Milner D.S., Ibáñez R., Gratwicke B., Nicholls A., Lukeš J., Chambouvet A., Richards T. (2021) Expanded host and geographic range of tadpole associations with the Severe Perkinsea Infection group Biology Letters 17 : 20210166.
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2021.0166

Documents to download:
Smilansky_2021_BiologyLetters (pdf)
Záhonová K., Lax G., Sinha S., Leonard G., Richards T., Lukeš J., Wideman J.G. (2021) Single-cell genomics unveils a canonical origin of the diverse mitochondrial genomes of euglenozoans BMC Biology 19 : 103.
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-021-01035-y

Documents to download:
Zahonova_2021_BMC_Biology (pdf)
Zakharova A., Saura A., Butenko A., Podešvová L., Warmusová S., Kostygov A., Nenarokova A., Lukeš J., Opperdoes F.R., Yurchenko V. (2021) A New Model Trypanosomatid, Novymonas esmeraldas: Genomic Perception of Its “Candidatus Pandoraea novymonadis” Endosymbiont mBio 12 : e01606-21.
DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01606-21

Documents to download:
Zakharova_2021_mBio (pdf)

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