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Kejnovský Eduard

Doc., RNDr., CSc.
September 1, 1966 in Znojmo

  • Genomics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2019

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1985: secondary school, Znojmo
  • 1985-1990: master study, biology - genetics, Faculty of Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno
  • 1990-1995: PhD study, biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno
  • 2009: habilitation in molecular biology and genetics, Faculty of Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno

Employment and academic positions

  • 1990-1995: PhD student, Department of conformation properties of nucleic acids, Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno
  • 1995-present: scientist, senior scientist, group leader, Department of Plant Developmental Genetics, Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno
  • 2000: visiting scientist at Department of Biology, North Carolina University at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  • 2011-2014: group leader, Genome Dynamics Group, CEITEC, Brno 

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • 2016-present: member of Scientific council, Institute of Biophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno
  • 2010-2014: member of Scientific council, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno
  • 2017-present: panel member of Czech Science Foundation

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • Czechoslovak biological society

Selected publications

  • Guiblet W, Cremona M, Cechova M, Harris R, Kejnovska I, Kejnovsky E, Eckert KA, Chiaromonte F, Makova KD (2018) Long-read sequencing technology indicates genome-wide effects of non-B DNA on polymerization speed and error rate. Genome Research 28, 1767-1778.
  • Trifonov EN and Kejnovsky E (2015) Acytota – associated kingdom of neglected life. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics 34, 1641-1648.
  • Lexa M, Kejnovsky E, Steflova P, Konvalinova H, Vorlickova M, Vyskot B (2014) Quadruplex-forming sequences occupy discrete regions inside plant LTR retrotransposons. Nucleic Acids Research 42, 968-978.
  • Michalovova M, Vyskot B, Kejnovsky E (2013) Analysis of plastid and mitochondrial DNA insertions in the nucleus (NUPTs and NUMTs) of six plant species: size, relative age and chromosomal localization. Heredity 111, 314-320.
  • Kejnovský E., Leitch I, Leitch A (2009). Contrasting evolutionary dynamics between angiosperm and mammalian genomes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24, 572-582.
  • Marais GAB, Nicolas M, Bergero R, Chambrier P, Kejnovsky E, Moneger F, Hobza R, Widmer A, Charlesworth D (2008) Evidence for degeneration of the Y chromosome in the dioecious plant Silene latifolia. Current Biology 18, 1-5.
  • Matsunaga S, Isono E, Kejnovský E, Vyskot B, Doležel J, Kawano S and Charlesworth D (2003) Duplicative transfer of a MADS box gene to a plant Y chromosome. Molecular Biology and Evolution 20, 1062-1069.
  • Kejnovský E and Kypr J (1997) DNA extraction by zinc. Nucleic Acids Research 25, 1870-1871.

Kejnovsky E, Hawkins JS, Feschotte C (2012) Plant transposable elements: biology and evolution. Diversity of genomes in plants. Ed. by J.F. Wendel, I. Leitch, J. Dolezel, Greilhuber (Springer)

Kejnovský E: Tajemství genů – od vzniku života po genom člověka (Story of genes – from the origin of life to the human genome) (Academia 2015) (popularization book in Czech)

27 articles in Vesmír (Czech popularization magazine) – years 2000-2019

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.