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Grubhoffer Libor

Prof. RNDr., CSc.
Born April 30, 1957 in Polička

  • Parasitology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Vectors and Pathogens
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1976-1981: University studies of Chemistry (BSc.)/Biochemistry(MSc), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University, Prague.
  • 1982: RNDr. (eq. MSc.) - Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University, Prague.
  • 1987: CSc. (eq. Ph.D.) in Microbiology/Virology, Institute of Sera and Vaccines; Institute of Microbiology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague.
  • 1997: Appointed Associated Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice.
  • 2001: Appointed Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice.

Employment and academic positions

  • 1982-1983: Research Assistant, Laboratory of Chemical Mutagenesis, Research Institute of Organic Syntheses, Pardubice.
  • 1983-1986: Ph.D. research, Department of Preparative Virology, Institute of Sera and Vaccines, Prague.
  • 1986-1991: Research Associate, Laboratory of Arboviruses, Institute of Parasitology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice.
  • 1991: Appointed Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Ecology of Vectors and Pathogens, Institute of Parasitology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice.
  • 1994-2002: Director of the Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Ceske Budejovice.
  • 2004-2011: Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice (Faculty of Science since August 2007).
  • 2012-: Rector (Head) of the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice.

Membership in domestic scientific bodies

  • Member of the scientific councils of the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, University of Pardubice, Mendel University in Brno.
  • Member of the committee of the Czech Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Member of the National Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB).

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • Member of Biological Chemistry committee at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria.
  • Fellow of The Comenius Academic Club, Highland Park, NJ, U.S.A.

Notable awards

  • 2009: LeConte Lecture Award, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • 2015: Josef Ludvik Fischer Honorary Lecture at Palacky University in Olomouc.
  • 2015: Commemorative Medal of the Palacky University in Olomouc.

Selected publications

  • Circulatory system and hemolymph: structure, physiology and molecular biology
    By: Grubhoffer, L; Rudenko, N; Vancova, M; Golovchenko, M; Sterba, J
    In: Sonenshine, DE; Roe, RM (Eds): Biology of ticks. Oxford University Press Inc, 2nd Revised Edition, Vol. 1, p. 258-286, 2014
  • Induction and suppression of tick cell antiviral RNAi responses by tick-borne flaviviruses
    By: Schnettler, E; Tykalova, H; Watson, M; Sharma, M; Sterken, MG; Obbard, DJ; Lewis, SH; McFarlane, M; Bell-Sakyi, L; Barry, G; Weisheit, S; Best, SM; Kuhn, RJ; Pijlman, GP; Chase-Topping, ME; Gould, EA; Grubhoffer, L; Fazakerley, JK; Kohl, A
    NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH Volume: 42 Issue: 14 Pages: 9436-9446 Published: 2014
  • Prevalence of Borrelia miyamotoi in Ixodes Ticks in Europe and the United States
    By: Crowder, CD.; Carolan, HE.; Rounds, MA.; Honig, V; Mothes, B; Haag, H; Nolte, O; Luft, BJ; Grubhoffer, L; Ecker, DJ; Schutzer, SE; Eshoo, MW
    EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES Volume: 20 Issue: 10 Pages: 1678-1682 Published: OCT 2014
  • Uptake and incorporation of sialic acid by the tick Ixodes ricinus
    By: Vancova, M; Sterba, J; Dupejova, J; Simonova, Z; Nebesarova, J; Novotny, MV; Grubhoffer, L
    JOURNAL OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY Volume: 58 Issue: 9 Pages: 1277-1287 Published: SEP 2012
  • Delineation of a New Species of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Complex, Borrelia americana sp nov.
    By: Rudenko, N; Golovchenko, M; Lin, T; Gao, LH; Grubhoffer, L; Oliver, JH
    JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY Volume: 47 Issue: 12 Pages: 3875-3880 Published: DEC 2009
  • CD8+ T-cells mediate immunopathology in tick-borne encephalitis
    By: Ruzek, D; Salat, J; Palus, M; Gritsun, TS; Gould, EA; Dykova, I; Skallova, A; Jelinek, J; Kopecky, J; Grubhoffer, L
    VIROLOGY Volume: 384 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-6 Published: FEB 5 2009
  • Knockdown of proteins involved in iron metabolism limits tick reproduction and development
    By: Hajdusek, O; Sojka, D; Kopacek, P; Buresova, V; Franta, Z; Sauman, I; Winzerling, J; Grubhoffer, L
  • Mutations in the NS2B and NS3 genes affect mouse neuroinvasiveness of a Western European field strain of tick-borne encephalitis virus
    By: Ruzek, D; Gritsun, TS.; Forrester, NL.; Gould, EA; Kopecky, J; Golovchenko, M; Rudenko, N; Grubhoffer, L
    VIROLOGY Volume: 374 Issue: 2 Pages: 249-255 Published: MAY 10 2008
  • The tick plasma lectin, Dorin M, is a fibrinogen-related molecule
    By: Rego, ROM; Kovar, V; Kopacek, P; Weise, C; Man, P; Sauman, I; Grubhoffer, L
    INSECT BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Volume: 36 Issue: 4 Pages: 291-299 Published: APR 2006
  • Differential expression of Ixodes ricinus tick genes induced by blood feeding or Borrelia burgdorferi infection
    By: Rudenko, N; Golovchenko, M; Edwards, MJ; Grubhoffer, L
    JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY Volume: 42 Issue: 1 Pages: 36-41 Published: JAN 2005

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.