MVDr. Kateřina Jirků, Ph.D.


Job Position: Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of parasitic therapy

Contact details

Phone: +420-38-777-5470
Room: 126


Brief Profile

Kateřina graduated in veterinary medicine at the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University in Brno, where she also completed her PhD studies. She began her scientific career in the third year of university, focusing on parasites of primates, including humans. She has participated in several field trips to Central and East Africa, where she worked with wild chimpanzees and gorillas. Further she also participated in the establishment of a diagnostic parasitological laboratory at a chimpanzee rehabilitation center in Kenya and as a volunteer in rabies vaccination in an endemic area in Northern Kenya. In addition, she was intensely interested in veterinary and human parasitology. After completing her doctoral studies, she founded a laboratory at the Institute of Parasitology of the Biological Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Oct 2013). This laboratory focuses mainly on research into the role of commensal protists and helminths in gut inflammatory diseases and in human health in general. In 2015, she received a prestigious scientific grant from the international grant agency "Human Frontier Science Organization" in the "Young Investigators" category together with her Canadian colleague Laura W. Parfrey (University of British Columbia, Vancouver). In the following years, she established cooperation with other prestigious institutions, such as Duke University (North Carolina, USA) or the Staten Serum Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark). In 2018, she was awarded the "Otto Wichterle" prize by the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding young scientists. Since 2017, she has been closely collaborating with the Department of Medical Biology of the University of South Bohemia on scientific projects and also guarantees the educational course "Fundamentals of Functional Anatomy". It also supervises students in bachelor, master and doctoral programs.


Curriculum vitae
  • PhD studies - Department of Pathology and Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno (UVPS), 10/2008 - 6/2013, Ph.D.
  • graduate studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UVPS,  9/2001 - 6/2008, DVM.
  • 10/2013 - present: head of laboratory (Laboratory of Parasitic Therapy), Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (BC CAS)
  • 1/2018 - present: position of a lecturer / researcher (part-time), Department of Medical Biology, South Bohemian University
  • 10/2013 - 9/2018 - according to dispositions researcher and / or junior researcher, Deparment of Pathology and Parasitology, UVPS
  • 2018 - 'Otto Wichterle' award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding young scientists
 Research activities are generally focused on veterinary and human parasitology with emphasis on the following areas:
  • diversity of gut protist in Western human populations
  • role of eukaryotic symbionts (helminth, protist) in human health and disease
  • active components from eukaryotic symbionts with anti-inflammatory effect
  • host immune response to colonisation of eukaryotic symbionts
  • gut parasites of primates with focus on protists
  • parasites of domestic and wild-life animals

Teaching Basics of functional anatomy
Department of medical biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia

Total found: 35 records
Jirků M., Kuchta R., Gricaj E., Modrý D., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2020) Canine thelaziosis in the Czech Republic: the northernmost autochthonous occurrence of Thelazia callipaeda Railliet et Henry, 1910 in Europe Folia Parasitologica 67 : 010.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2020.010
Petrželková K. J., Smejkalová P., Céza V., Pafčo B., Shutt-Phillips K., Todd A., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Benavides J., Modrý D., Čepička I. (2020) Sympatric western lowland gorillas, central chimpanzees and humans are infected with different trichomonads Parasitology 147 : 225-230.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182019001343
Řežábková L., Brabec J., Jirků M., Dellerba M., Kuchta R., Modrý D., Parker W., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2019) Genetic diversity of the potentially therapeutic tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea). Parasitology International 71 : 121–125.
DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2019.04.009
Sobotková K., Parker W., Levá , Růžková J., Lukeš J., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2019) Helminth Therapy – From the Parasite Perspective Trends in Parasitology 35 : 501–515.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Sobotkova in Parasitology (pdf)
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Levá , Sobotková K., Morien E., Parfrey L. (2018) The bening helminth Hymenolepis diminuta ameliorates chemically induced colitis in a rat model system Parasitology 145 : 1324–1335.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182018000896
Pafčo B., Tehlárová Z., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Todd A., Hasegawa H., Petrželková K. J., Modrý D. (2018) Gastrointestinal protists and helminths of habituated agilemangabeys (Cercocebus agilis) at Bai Hokou, Central AfricanRepublic American Journal of Primatology 80 : e22736.
DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22736
Růžková J. , Květoňová D., Jirků M., Lhotská Z., Stensvold C., Wegner Parfrey L., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2018) Evaluating rodent experimental models for studies of Blastocystis ST1 Experimental Parasitology 191 : 55–61.
DOI: 10.1016/j.exppara.2018.06.009
Červená B., Vallo P., Pafčo B., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Petrželková K. J., Todd A., Turkalo A.K., Modrý D. (2017) Host specificity and basic ecology of Mammomonogamus (Nematoda, Syngamidae) from lowland gorillas and forest elephants in Central African Republic Parasitology 144 : 1016-1025.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182017000221
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Stensvold C. (2017) Balantioides coli (formerly Balantidium coli). In: S.S. Long, C.G.Prober and M. Fisher (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infection Diseases Elsevier, MO 1303-1304.
Wegner Parfrey L., Jirků M., Šíma R., Jalovecká M., Sak B., Grigore K., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2017) A bening helminth alters the host immune system and the gut microbiota in a rat model system PloS ONE 12 : e0182205.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182205
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Čepička I., Kalousová B., Jirků M., Stewart F., Levecke B., Modrý D., Piel A., Petrželková K. J. (2016) Molecular identification of Entamoeba species in savanna woodland chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Parasitology 143 : 741-748.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182016000263
Grim J., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Ponce-Gordo F. (2015) Light microscopic morphometrics, ultrastructure, and molecularphylogeny of the putative pycnotrichid Ciliate, Buxtonella sulcata European Journal of Protistology 51 : 425-436.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2015.06.003
Jirků M., Votýpka J., Petrželková K., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Kriegová E., Vodička R., Lankester F., Leendertz S., Witting R., Boesch C., Modrý D., Ayala F., Leendertz F., Lukeš J. (2015) Wild chimpanzees are infected by Trypanosoma brucei International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4 : 277-282.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.05.001

Documents to download:
Jirku-IJPPAW-2015 (pdf)
Lukeš J., Stensvold C., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Wegener Parfrey L. (2015) Are human intestinal eukaryotes beneficial, or commensals? PLoS Pathogens 11 : e1005039.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005039

Documents to download:
Lukes_et_al_PLOSPathogens (pdf)
Mapua M., Qablan M., Pomajbíková K., Petrželková K., Hůzová Z., Rádrová J., Votýpka J., Todd A., Jirků M., Leendertz F., Lukeš J., Neel C., Modrý D. (2015) Ecology of malaria infections in western lowland gorillas inhabiting Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, Central African Republic Parasitology 142 : 890-900.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182015000086

Documents to download:
Mapua et al. Paraditology 2015 (pdf)
Flahoua B., Modrý D., Pomajbíková K., Petrželková K., Smeta A., Ducatellea R., Pasmansa F., Sáb R., Toddh A., Hashimotoi C., Mulamaj M., Kiangk J., Rossil M., Haesebroucka F. (2014) Diversity of zoonotic enterohepatic Helicobacter species and detection of a putative novel gastric Helicobacter species in wild and wild-born captive chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas Veterinary Microbiology 174 : 186-194.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.08.032
Kalousová B., Piel A., Pomajbíková K., Modrý D., Stewart F., Petrželková K. (2014) Gastrointestinal parasites of savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Ugalla, Tanzania International Journal of Primatology 35 : 436-475.
DOI: 10.1007/s10764-014-9753-9
Lukeš J., Kuchta R., Scholz T., Pomajbíková K. (2014) (Self-) infections with parasites: re-interpretations for the present Trends in parasitology 30 : 377-385.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Lukes et al TIP 2014 (pdf)
Růžicová M., Petrželková K., Kalousová B., Modrý D., Pomajbíková K. (2014) Validation of Flotac for the Detection and Quantification of Troglodytella abrassarti and Neobalantidium coli in Chimpanzees and Pigs Journal of parasitology 100 : 662-670.
DOI: 10.1645/14-505.1
Sak B., Petrželková K., Květoňová D., Mynářová A., Pomajbíková K., Modrý D., Cranfield M., Mudakikwa A., Kváč M. (2014) Diversity of Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and Giardia in Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda PLOS ONE 9 : e109751.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109751

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