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Department of Parasitology

Basic Information about the Department of Parasitology

The Department of Parasitology provides Master and PhD studies of parasitology. Due to its broad focus and diversity of experimental approaches, parasitology occupies a unique position among the other disciplines studied at the Faculty of Science. It is characterized by complex and interdisciplinary approaches to the studied issues. In parasitology, classical zoology and ecology meet sophisticated technologies of molecular biology and biochemistry, and similar synergistic combinations of two or more approaches can frequently be observed in parasitology research. The members of the Department as well as students participate in many important projects, together with research institutes from around the globe. For example, we take part in the study of chemical agents and their effect on human parasites (a necessary step in the development of new drugs for the treatment of human patients) or characterize relationships between dangerous human parasites and their vectors (potentially applicable in the control of life-threatening parasites). Taken together, parasitology in general and our departmental research in particular can bring important knowledge to human and veterinary medicine. Using the most up-to-date knowledge of molecular biology we are able to enter deeply into the enigmatic world of molecules that stay behind the parasite-host interactions. Those, who prefer field work, may be interested in our field activities in the Czech Republic or abroad. In the recent years, we have described several parasitic species so far unknown to science. Among them one species of flukes representing a risk for human health was found. We also participate in epidemiological studies of diseases caused by human parasites in Turkey, Israel, Ethiopia and Iceland. We go for regular expeditions to study the parasites of wild animals in domestic/foreign terrestrial and aquatic biotopes. It is apparent from the above that the Department provides studies in several basic areas of parasitology. Anyone who is interested in molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, immunology, cell biology, taxonomy, morphology, ecology or evolution may find an opportunity to study at our Department.

From the History of the Department

The Department of Parasitology was established by Professor Jírovec in 1938 and continued in tradition of parasitologically oriented zoology which became famous by the works of F. Vejdovský, B. Němec, A. Mrázek, J. Hahn, V. Breindl, J. Komárek and K. Schäferna. Zoologically directed research was developed further, but Professor Jírovec gave the Department a new twist by using parasitological findings in human and veterinary medicine. The world-renowned publications dealing with the agents of serious diseases (vaginal trichomoniasis, pneumocystosis, toxoplasmosis, leptospirosis) that came out of the parasitological laboratories at the Faculty of Science confirmed rightness of this concept. Parasitology was primarily a part of the Department of Ecological Zoology (since 1953 under the lead of Prof. Jírovec), later (since 1960) a part of the Department of Parasitology and Hydrobiology, and as an independent Department it was established on 1st of March 2004.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Vinicna 7, 128 44 Prague 2
where you can find us:
Loc: 50°4'20.192"N, 14°25'27.518"E

 

Doc. RNDr. Ivan Hrdý, Ph.D.
Head of the Department
tel.: +420 325 873 912,
e-mail: hrdy@cesnet.cz

RNDr. Helena Kulíková
Secretary
Phone: +420 221 951 820,
Fax: +420 224 919 704,
E-mail: helena.kulikova@natur.cuni.cz

Prof. RNDr. Petr Horák, Ph.D.
Deputy head of the Department
Phone: +420 221 951 823,
E-mail: petr.horak@natur.cuni.cz

RNDr. Libor Mikeš, Ph.D.
Study Consultant
Phone: +420 221 951 819,
E-mail: mikes@natur.cuni.cz

RNDr. Jan Votýpka, Ph.D.
Public Relations
Phone: +420 221 951 826,
E-mail: vapid@natur.cuni.cz

 

 

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