RNDr. Ivan Fiala, Ph.D.

Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of Fish Protistology , Editor - Folia Parasitologica

Contact details

Phone: +420 38777 5424
E-mail: fiala@paru.cas.cz
Room: 109

Curriculum vitae

Current position

since 2022       Head of Laboratory of Fish Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2010 – now     Lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic



2006 – Ph.D. at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, CR

2000 – MSc. at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, CR



Otto Wichterle award of the AS CR for young excellent scientists (2012)

Ranked in the top 2% of the most influential scientists in the world according to Baas et al. (2021) (August 2021, Mendeley Data)


Professional responsibilities

Associate Editor for Protists & Molecular Phylogenetics, Folia Parasitologica (since 2012)

Expert advisor for genetically modified organisms (GMO) at BC AS CR (since 2011)



Lecturer of Biology of Parasitic Protists; Marine Parasitology and co-lecturer of practical course Field Parasitology at Uni. of South Bohemia, Faculty of Sciences; Supervision of Bachelor (6 finished), Master (5 finished) and PhD students (2 finished) – Uni. of South Bohemia, Faculty of Sciences. Currently supervisor of two PhD students and four Master students.



Author and co-author of 65 scientific papers that have been cited 1723 times, h-index 22.

Total found: 69 records
Alama Bermejo G., Hernandez Orts J., García-Varela M., Oceguera-Figueroa A., Pecková H., Fiala I. (2023) Diversity of myxozoans (Cnidaria) infecting Neotropical fishes in southern Mexico Scientific Reports 13 : 12106.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-38482-2
Lisnerová M., Holzer A., Blabolil P., Fiala I. (2023) Evaluation and optimization of an eDNA metabarcoding assay for detection of freshwater myxozoan communities Environmental DNA 5 : 312–325.
DOI: 10.1002/edn3.380
Kyslík J., Vancová M., Bartošová-Sojková P., Lövy A., Holzer A., Fiala I. (2022) Expressional profiling and cellular localization of myxozoan minicollagens demonstrate their involvement in polar capsule formation during sporogenesis International Journal for Parasitology 52 : 667-675.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2022.07.002
Lisnerová M., Lisner A., Cantatore D., Schaeffner B., Pecková H., Tyml T., Fiala I., Bartošová-Sojková P., Holzer A. (2022) Correlated evolution of fish host length and parasite spore size: a tale from myxosporeans inhabiting elasmobranchs International Journal for Parasitology 52 : 97–110.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.05.008
Novosolov M., Yahalomi D., Chang E.S., Fiala I., Cartwright P., Huchon D. (2022) The phylogenetic position of the enigmatic, polypodium hydriforme (Cnidaria, Polypodiozoa): insights from mitochondrial genomes Genome Biology and Evolution 14 : evac112.
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evac112
Cavaleiro B., Serrao J., Nogueira S., Ribeiro L., Hermida M., Cruz C., Lisnerová M., Fiala I., Saraiva A. (2021) Survey of Kudoa spp. (Myxozoa, Cnidaria) in fishes from the Madeira Archipelago and the Portuguese mainland coast: detection of Kudoa thyrsites in new hosts Scomber colias and Micromesistius poutassou Folia Parasitologica 68 : 317.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2021.003
Kyslík J., Kosakyan A., Nenarokov S., Holzer A., Fiala I. (2021) The myxozoan minicollagen gene repertoire was not simplified by the parasitic lifestyle: computational identification of a novel myxozoan minicollagen gene BMC Genomics 22 : 198.
DOI: 10.1186/s12864-021-07515-3
Eszterbauer E., Sipos D., Kaján G.L., Szegő D., Fiala I., Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P. (2020) Genetic diversity of serine protease inhibitors in myxozoan (Cnidaria, Myxozoa) fish parasites Microorganisms 8 : 1502.
DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms8101502
Lisnerová M., Blabolil P., Holzer A., Jurajda P., Fiala I. (2020) Myxozoan hidden diversity: the case of Myxobolus pseudodispar Gorbunova, 1936 Folia Parasitologica 67 : 019.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2020.019
Lisnerová M., Fiala I., Cantatore D., Irigoitia M., Timi J., Pecková H., Bartošová-Sojková P., Sandoval C.M., Luer C., Morris J., Holzer A. (2020) Mechanisms and Drivers for the Establishment of Life Cycle Complexity in Myxozoan Parasites Biology 9 : 10.
DOI: 10.3390/biology9010010
Smýkal V., Pivarči M., Provazník J., Bazalová O., Jedlička P., Lukšan O., Horák A., Vaněčková H., Beneš V., Fiala I., Hanus R., Doležel D. (2020) Complex evolution of insect insulin receptors and homologous decoy receptors, and functional significance of their multiplicity. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37 : 1775-1789.
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msaa048
Liu Y., Lövy A., Gu Z., Fiala I. (2019) Phylogeny of Myxobolidae (Myxozoa) and the evolution of myxospore appendages in the Myxobolus clade International Journal for Parasitology 49 : 523–530.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2019.02.009
Vávra J., Fiala I., Krylová P., Petrusek A., Hyliš M. (2019) Establishment of a new microsporidian genus and species, Pseudoberwaldia daphniae (Microsporidia, Opisthosporidia), a common parasite of the Daphnia longispina complex in Europe Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 162 : 43–54.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2019.02.004
Bartošová-Sojková P., Lövy A., Reed C., Lisnerová M., Tomková T., Holzer A., Fiala I. (2018) Life in a rock pool: Radiation and population genetics of myxozoan parasites in hosts inhabiting restricted spaces PLOS ONE 13 : e0194042.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194042
Cantatore D.M.P., Irigoitia M., Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P., Pecková H., Fiala I., Timi J. (2018) The description of two new species of Chloromyxum Mingazzini, 1890 from skates in the Argentine Sea reveals that a limited geographic host distribution causes phylogenetic lineage separation of myxozoans in Chondrichthyes Parasite 25 : 47.
DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2018051
Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P., Born-Torrijos A., Lövy A., Hartigan A., Fiala I. (2018) The joint evolution of the Myxozoa and their alternate hosts: A cnidarian recipe for success and vast biodiversity. Molecular Ecology 27 : 1651–1666.
DOI: 10.1111/mec.14558
Patra S., Bartošová-Sojková P., Pecková H., Fiala I., Eszterbauer E., Holzer A. (2018) Biodiversity and host-parasite cophylogeny of Sphaerospora (sensu stricto) (Cnidaria: Myxozoa) Parasites & Vectors 11 : 347.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-2863-z
Vávra J., Fiala I., Krylová P., Petrusek A., Hyliš M. (2018) Molecular and structural assessment of microsporidia infecting daphnids: The "obtusa-like" microsporidia, a branch of the monophyletic Agglomeratidae clade, with the establishment of a new genus Conglomerata Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 159 : 95–104.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2018.10.003
Pilarska D., Takov D., Hyliš M., Radek R., Fiala I., Solter L., Linde A. (2017) Natural occurrence of microsporidia infecting Lepidoptera in Bulgaria Acta Parasitologica 62 : 858-869.
DOI: 10.1515/ap-2017-0104
Tanifuji G., Cenci U., Moog D., Dean S., Nakayama T., David V., Fiala I., Curtis B., Sibbald S.J., Onodera N., Colp M., Flegontov P., Johnson-MacKinnon J., McPhee M., Inagaki Y., Hashimoto T., Kelly S., Gull K., Lukeš J., Archibald J. (2017) Genome sequencing reveals metabolic and cellular interdependence in an amoebakinetoplastid symbiosis Scientific Reports 7 : 11688.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11866-x

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Tanifuji et al. 2017 SR (pdf)

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