RNDr. Ondřej Hajdušek, Ph.D.

Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of Tick transmitted diseases

Contact details

Phone: +420 387775496
E-mail: hajdus@paru.cas.cz
Room: 308


Research interests

  • Vaccines against ticks and tick-transmitted diseases
  • Tick innate immunity

Key words: tick, Ixodes, Borrelia, Babesia, Anaplasma, iron, ferritin, innate immunity

Curriculum vitae


  • Bachelor program - University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Czech Republic (Biology; Biomedicine laboratory technique)
  • Masters program  - University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Czech Republic (Parasitology)
  • Ph.D. program (graduated 2009) - University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Science, Czech Republic (Parasitology)
  • Postdoctoral research - Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IBMC), CNRS UPR 9022 (Réponse immunitaire et développement chez les Insectes), Strasbourg, France (3 years)

Science visits:

  • 1998 -    PHLS London (UK) - science visit  (1 week)
  • 2001 -    University of Glasgow (UK) - Socrates Erasmus program (4 months)
  • 2005 -    National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (CAN) - science visit (3 months)
  • 2006 -    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg (FRA) - science visit (2 months)


  • 2009 -    Dean´s award - University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Czech Republic
  • 2009 -    Rector´s award - University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Czech Republic
  • 2009 -    Scopus Young Researcher Award, Czech Republic


  • 2010-2012 -   EMBO Long Term Fellowship
  • 2013-2015 -   Grant agency of the Czech republic (GACR) - 13-27630P
  • 2013-2015 -   MODBIOLIN, 7FP, GA No. 316304
  • 2014-2018 -    ANTIDotE, 7FP EU

Total found: 27 records
Jalovecká M., Hajdušek O., Sojka D., Kopáček P., Malandrin L. (2018) The Complexity of Piroplasms Life Cycles Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 8 : 248.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2018.00248
Jalovecká M., Hartmann D., Miyamoto Y., Eckmann L. , Hajdušek O., O´Donoghue A.J. , Sojka D. (2018) Validation of Babesia proteasome as a drug target International Journal for Parasitology-Drugs and Drug Resistance 8 : 394–402.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpddr.2018.08.001
Kopáček P., Perner J., Sojka D., Šíma R., Hajdušek O. (2018) Molecular Targets to Impair Blood Meal Processing in Ticks. In: Ch. Q. Meng, A. E. Sluder and P.M Selzer (Eds.), Ectoparasites: Drug Discovery Against Moving Targets Wiley 139–165.
DOI: 10.1002/9783527802883
Urbanová V., Hajdušek O., Šíma R., Franta Z., Grunclová L., Hönig Mondeková H., Bartošová-Sojková P., Jalovecká M., Kopáček P. (2018) IrC2/Bf e A yeast and Borrelia responsive component of the complement system from the hard tick Ixodes ricinus Developmental and Comparative Immunology 79 : 86-94.
DOI: 10.1016/j.dci.2017.10.012
Hönig Mondeková H., Šíma R., Urbanová V., Kovář V., Rego R. O. M., Grubhoffer L., Kopáček P., Hajdušek O. (2017) Characterization of Ixodes ricinus Fibrinogen-Related Proteins (Ixoderins) Discloses Their Function in the Tick Innate Immunity Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 7 : 509.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00509
Panetta J.L., Šíma R., Calvani N.E.D., Hajdušek O., Chandra S., Panuccio J., Šlapeta J. (2017) Reptile-associated Borrelia species in the goanna tick (Bothriocroton undatum) from Sydney, Australia Parasites & Vectors 10 : 616.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-017-2579-5
Urbanová V., Hajdušek O., Hönig Mondeková H., Šíma R., Kopáček P. (2017) Tick Thioester-Containing Proteins and Phagocytosis Do Not Affect Transmission of Borrelia afzelii from the Competent Vector Ixodes ricinus Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 7 : 73.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00073
Aase A., Hajdušek O., Øines Ø., Quarsten H., Wilhelmsson P., Herstad T., Kjelland V., Šíma R., Jalovecká M., Lindgren P., Aaberg I. (2016) Validate or falsify: Lessons learned from a microscopy method claimed to be useful for detecting Borrelia and Babesia organisms in human blood Infectious Diseases 48 : 411-419.
DOI: 10.3109/23744235.2016.1144931
Hajdušek O., Šíma R., Perner J., Loosová G., Harcubová A., Kopáček P. (2016) Tick iron and heme metabolism - New target for an anti-tick intervention Ticks and tick-borne diseases 7 : 565-572.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2016.01.006
Jalovecká M., Bonsergent C., Hajdušek O., Kopáček P., Malandrin L. (2016) Stimulation and quantification of Babesia divergens gametocytogenesis Parasites & Vectors 9 : 439.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-016-1731-y
Perner J., Sobotka R., Šíma R., Konvičková J., Sojka D., Lagerblad de Oliveira P., Hajdušek O., Kopáček P. (2016) Acquisition of exogenous haem is essential for tick reproduction eLife 5 : e12318.
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.12318
Ayllón N., Naranjo V., Hajdušek O., Villar M., Galindo R., Kocan K., Alberdi P., Šíma R., Rückert C., Bell-Sakyi L., Kazimírová M., Havlíková S., Klempa B., Kopáček P., de la Fuente J. (2015) Nuclease Tudor-SN Is Involved in Tick dsRNA-Mediated RNA Interference and Feeding but Not in Defense against Flaviviral or Anaplasma phagocytophilum Rickettsial Infection PLoS One 10 : e0133038.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133038
Urbanová V., Šíma R., Šauman I., Hajdušek O., Kopáček P. (2015) Thioester-containing proteins of the tick Ixodes ricinus: Gene expression, response to microbial challenge and their role in phagocytosis of the yeast Candida albicans Developmental and comparative immunology 48 : 55-64.
DOI: 10.1016/j.dci.2014.09.004
Golovchenko M., Šíma R., Hajdušek O., Grubhoffer L., Oliver J., Rudenko N. (2014) Invasive potential of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto ospC type L strains increases the possible disease risk to humans in the regions of their distribution. Parasites & Vectors 7 : 538.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-014-0538-y
Sprong H., Trentelman J., Seemann I., Grubhoffer L., Rego R. O. M., Hajdušek O., Kopáček P., Nijhof A., Šíma R., Anguita J., Winter P., Rotter B., Havlíková S., Klempa B., Schetters T., Hovius J. (2014) ANTIDotE: anti-tick vaccines to prevent tick-borne diseases in Europe Parasites & Vectors 7 : 77.
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-77
Urbanová V., Hartmann D., Grunclová L., Šíma R., Flemming T., Hajdušek O., Kopáček P. (2014) IrFC - An Ixodes ricinus injury-responsive molecule related to Limulus Factor C. Developmental and comparative immunology 46 : 439-447.
DOI: 10.1016/j.dci.2014.05.016
Hajdušek O., Šíma R., Ayllón N., Jalovecká M., Perner J., de la Fuente J., Kopáček P. (2013) Interaction of the tick immune system with transmitted pathogens Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 3 : 26.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2013.00026
Kopáček P., Hajdušek O., Burešová V. (2012) Tick as a model for the study of a primitive complement system. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 710 : 83–93.
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5638-5_9
Burešová V., Hajdušek O., Franta Z., Loosová G., Grunclová L., Levashina E., Kopáček P. (2011) Functional genomics of tick thioester-containing proteins reveal the ancient origin of the complement system. Journal of Innate Immunity 3 : 623–630.
DOI: 10.1159/000328851
Hajdušek O., Almazán C., Loosová G., Villar M., Canales M., Grubhoffer L., Kopáček P., de la Fuente J. (2010) Characterization of ferritin 2 for the control of tick infestations. Vaccine 28 : 2993–2998.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.02.008

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