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Hocek Michal

Prof., Ing., CSc., DSc.
Born December 11, 1969 in Benešov

  • Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry
  • Member of Learned Society since 2017

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1988-1993 undergraduate study, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, M. S. degree
  • 1993-1996 Ph.D. study, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) , Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (supervisor Dr. A. Holý)
  • 1997 post-doctoral stay at the Department of Chemistry, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Prof. L. Ghosez)
  • 2006 DSc. degree at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 2006 habilitation at the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague - Associate professor
  • 2014 named full-professor at the Charles University

Employment and academic positions

  • 1998-2002 - staff scientist at the IOCB ASCR
  • 2003 - now - Head of a Senior research group at the IOCB ASCR
  • 2011 - now - Associate and (since 2014) full-professor (part-time) at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Czech Chemical Society

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • 1998-2011 - journal Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. - Editor-in-Chief
  • 2011-now - journal ChemBioChem - member of the Editorial Advisory Board
  • 2011-now - journal ChemPlusChem - co-chairman of the Editorial Board
  • 2013-now - F1000 faculty member for Chemical biology
  • Americal Chemical Society - member
  • International Society for Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids - member

Notable awards

  • 1999 Alfred Bader Prize for excellent results of young scientist in organic and bioorganic chemistry
  • 2004 Otto Wichterle Premium for Younger Scientists
  • 2004 Prize of the Academy of Sciences for Younger Scientists
  • 2015 Praemium Academiae from the Czech Academy of Sciences

Selected publications

  • Raindlová, V.; Pohl, R.; Šanda, M.; Hocek, M. "Direct polymerase synthesis of reactive aldehyde-functionalized DNA and its conjugation and staining with hydrazines" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1064-1066.
  • Nauš, P.; Pohl, R.; Votruba, I.; Džubák, P.; Hajdúch, M.; Ameral, R.; Birkuš, G.; Wang, T.; Ray, A. S.; Mackman, R.; Cihlar, T.; Hocek, M. "6-(Het)aryl-7-Deazapurine Ribonucleosides as Novel Potent Cytostatic Agents" J. Med. Chem. 2010, 53, 460-470.
  • Bourderioux, A.; Nauš, P.; Perlíková, P.; Pohl, R.; Pichová, I.; Votruba, I.; Džubák, P.; Konečný, P.; Hajdúch, M.; Stray, K. M.; Wang, T.; Ray, A. S.; Feng, J. Y.; Birkus, G.; Cihlar, T.; Hocek, M. "Synthesis and significant cytostatic activity of 7-hetaryl-7-deazaadenosines" J. Med. Chem. 2011, 54, 5498-5507.
  • Kielkowski, P.; Macíčková-Cahová, H.; Pohl, R.; Hocek, M. "Transient and switchable (triethylsilyl)ethynyl protection of DNA against cleavage by restriction endonucleases" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 8727-8730.
  • Dadová, J.; Orság, P.; Pohl, R.; Brázdová, M.; Fojta, M.; Hocek, M. "Vinylsulfonamide and acrylamide modification of DNA for cross-linking with proteins" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 10515-10518.
  • Vaníková, Z.; Hocek, M. "Polymerase Synthesis of Photocaged DNA Resistant against Cleavage by Restriction Endonucleases" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 6734-6737.
  • Kielkowski, P.; Fanfrlík, J.; Hocek, M. "7-Aryl-7-deazaadenine 2'-Deoxyribonucleoside Triphosphates (dNTPs): Better Substrates for DNA polymerases than dATP in Competitive Incorporations" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7552-7555.
  • Balintová, J.;  Špaček, J.; Pohl, R.; Brázdová, M.; Havran, L.; Fojta, M.; Hocek, M. "Azidophenyl as a click-transformable redox label of DNA suitable for electrochemical detection of DNA-protein interactions" Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 575-587.
  • Dziuba, D.; Jurkiewicz, P.; Cebecauer, M.; Hof, M.; Hocek, M. "A Rotational Bodipy-Nucleotide: An Environment-Sensitive Fluorescence-Lifetime Probe for DNA Interactions and Applications in Live-Cell Microscopy" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 174-178.
  • Raindlová, V.; Janoušková, M.; Slavíčková, M.; Perlíková, P.; Boháčová, S.; Milisavljevic, N.; Šanderová, H.; Benda, M.; Barvík, I.; Krasný, L.; Hocek, M. "Influence of major-groove chemical modifications of DNA on transcription by bacterial RNA polymerases" Nucleic Acids Res. 2016, 44, 3000-3012.

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.