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 Curbing Candida: The Cells That Keep Fungal Infections at Bay

Curbing Candida: The Cells That Keep Fungal Infections at Bay

Of all the fungi that live in the human body, the most infamous is probably the yeast Candida. This distant cousin of baker’s yeast is notorious for causing various types of thrush that can be a major nuisance, but it can also lead to an invasive infection that may, on occasion, prove fatal. In a study published in Nature Immunology, a Weizmann Institute of Science research team headed by Prof. Jakub Abramson uncovered a previously unknown defense mechanism employed by the immune system in fighting Candida infections. Immunologist Jan Dobeš from the Laboratory of Microbial Immunology at the our Department of Cell Biology also participated in the research.

Published Jun 29, 2022

New calls for postdoc applicants open

New calls for postdoc applicants open

We are looking for prospective international, non czech citizens, post-docs for research within a specific field of biology, chemistry and geography. Deadline for applications is July 20th, 2022.

Published Jun 17, 2022

Revisiting biocrystallization: Purine biocrystals are widespread in eukaryotes

Revisiting biocrystallization: Purine biocrystals are widespread in eukaryotes

Paradigm shift in eukaryotic biocrystallization: purine biocrystals are likely ancestral type of cellular inclusions in eukaryotes. Cell inclusions in the spotlight of Raman microspectroscopy.

Published Jun 13, 2022

Unique molecular CODE – Paramagnetic encoding of molecules

Unique molecular CODE – Paramagnetic encoding of molecules

Today we commonly encounter contactless RFID chips in a number of products, but can similar technology be implemented at the molecular level? The answer is yes. The principle of molecular encoding conceived by Miloslav Polášek and his team at IOCB Prague represents a novel method on the frontier of chemistry and modern technologies. Their paper on paramagnetic encoding of molecules was recently published in the journal Nature Communications. The first author of the paper is Jan Kretschmer, a PhD student at the Faculty of Science.

Published Jun 10, 2022

Radan Huth receives prestigious award from the Royal Meteorological Society

Radan Huth receives prestigious award from the Royal Meteorological Society

This year, the International Journal of Climatology prize, awarded by the British Royal Meteorological Society, was won by the distinguished climatologist Prof. RNDr. Radan Huth, DrSc from the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Faculty of Science of Charles University. Congratulations!

Published Jun 09, 2022

The enigmatic tropical alpine flora on the African sky islands

The enigmatic tropical alpine flora on the African sky islands

New insights into the evolutionary origins of unique African high mountain botanical diversity published in PNAS.

Published May 31, 2022

Olympus Image of the Year award 2021

Olympus Image of the Year award 2021

Olympus continues to search for the best images in light microscopy and the third edition of its Olympus Image of the Year Award 2021 focused on the life sciences. The world prize for the microscopic image of an Arabidopsis flower was awarded to Mgr. Jan Martinek. Congratulations!

Published May 24, 2022

Population protection concept  - warning sheltering of person in danger

Population protection concept - warning sheltering of person in danger

The document “Population Protection Concept” (see below) is a comprehensive system for responding to events and threats regardless of whether or not they are of a military nature. It covers issues that are to be addressed during both peacetime and wartime.

Published Apr 22, 2022

The 27th American semester is underway

The 27th American semester is underway

From 28 March to 1 June 2022, the 27th American Semester will take place - a programme of mutual cooperation between the Faculty of Science of Charles University and one of the most prestigious American universities, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, USA).

Published Apr 06, 2022

Where does water on the Moon come from and where is it stored?

Where does water on the Moon come from and where is it stored?

In 2020, NASA’s observatory discovered water on the Moon. Now, an international team composed of geologists and astronomers has discovered how water gets to the Moon and where and how it is deposited there. The first author of this study is Günther Kletetschka from the Institute of hydrogeology, engineering geology and applied geophysics, Faculty of Science, Charles University. He is also affiliated with University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Published Mar 30, 2022

Solidarity of the Faculty of Science with Ukraine

Solidarity of the Faculty of Science with Ukraine

This page collects information about events at the Faculty of Science of Charles University related to the situation in Ukraine.

Published Mar 08, 2022

Statement of the Faculty of Science of Charles University on the situation in Ukraine

Statement of the Faculty of Science of Charles University on the situation in Ukraine

The management of the Faculty of Science of Charles University and the Board of the Academic Senate of the Faculty unequivocally stand behind the statement of the Rector of Charles University of 24 February 2022, the text of which they fully identify with.

Published Feb 24, 2022

One billion dollar not enough to halt orangutan decline

One billion dollar not enough to halt orangutan decline

A new study recently published in prestigious journal Current Biology shows that orangutans are still rapidly declining despite more than one billion US dollars invested in their conservation between 2000 and 2020. One of the co-authors of the study is Erik Meijaard, who until the end of February was a visiting professor at the Department of Ecology of our faculty.

Published Feb 18, 2022

A new perspective on how early protein-RNA interactions evolved

A new perspective on how early protein-RNA interactions evolved

Protein-RNA complexes are ubiquitous in modern life and are essential to many stages of the cell cycle and metabolism. New research presents experimental support to provide a new perspective on how early protein-RNA interactions evolved. The paper was recently published in prestigeous journal Molecular Biology and Evolution by the team led by Klára Hlouchová of Department of Cell Biology and IOCB Prague.

Published Feb 11, 2022

Polarography celebrates 100 years

Polarography celebrates 100 years

Polarography, for many years considered the queen of analytical methods, celebrates its 100th anniversary on 10 February 2022. The discoverer of this scientific method, which made Czechoslovakia famous in professional circles all over the world, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Jaroslav Heyrovský, also worked at our faculty, where he founded the Department of Physical Chemistry.

Published Feb 10, 2022

Immunity Webinar (Loono)

Immunity Webinar (Loono)

Join us for a webinar led by Loono on Monday, February 21, 2022. We will discuss how the immune system works and what is it made of. You will learn different ways of improving your immunity and avoiding the risk of infection. Then, we will move on to autoimmune diseases and vaccinations. At the end of the workshop, we will go through F.A.Q. connected with immunity. The webinar is free of charge, registration is required.

Published Feb 04, 2022

European Congress of Conservation Biology 2022

European Congress of Conservation Biology 2022

The Society for Conservation Biology is probably the most renowned society in the field of conservation. This year's conference will take place on 22-26 August at the ČZU. Conference papers can be submitted until 15 February 2022.

Published Jan 31, 2022

PhD STARS program 2022 is open for applications

PhD STARS program 2022 is open for applications

Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague has launched its program supporting talented PhD research students from all over the world. During the STARS 2022 call, prospective students can apply to PhD research topics announced on the web page on January 10th, 2022. Deadline for application is March 13th, 2022.

Published Jan 05, 2022

 Training course for acquiring qualification and professional competence (designing experiments and experimental projects) in the field of experimental animal use

Training course for acquiring qualification and professional competence (designing experiments and experimental projects) in the field of experimental animal use

First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University announces a training course for acquiring qualification and professional competence (designing experiments and experimental projects) in the field of experimental animal use. The course will take part on February 28 – March 4, 2022. Enrolment will be open from January 5 till January 25, 2022.

Published Jan 03, 2022

Book Applied Ecology Available in English (Springer)

Book Applied Ecology Available in English (Springer)

Book Applied ecology by Jan Frouz and Jaroslava Frouzova, published in Czech by Karolinum Press, Charles University has been published in English by Springer.

Published Dec 16, 2021