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Konvalinka Jan

Prof., RNDr., CSc.
Born January 21, 1963 in Chomutov

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1981, graduate, academic secondary school, Litvínov;
  • 1986, study of biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University;
  • 1987-1991, post-graduate studies, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, AS CR; defended thesis Substrate specificity of retroviral proteases (supervisor Petr Štrop, PhD);
  • 2003, Associate Professor of biochemistry, FS CU

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1987-1991, internal PhD. Student, IOCB CSAS and AS CR;
  • 1991-1997, junior scientist, IOCB CSAS and AS CR;
  • 1997-present, senior scientist, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1999-present, Head, Proteases of Human Pathogens Group, Department of the Biochemistry of Proteins, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1996-1999, assistant lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, FS CU (half-time);
  • 2004-present, Associate Professor

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Member, Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
  • 1996-present, Secretary, Czech National Committee for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
  • 1996-1998, Chairman, Council for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Grant Agency of AS CR;
  • 1990-1992, 1996-2000, member, Scientific Council of IOCB, AS CR;
  • 2002-present, Chairman, Scientific Council, IOCB, AS CR;
  • 1998-present, external member, Scientific Council, Institute of Molecular Genetics, AS CR

Notable awards:

  • 1997, Award, Learned Society (for biochemistry)
  • 2002, Otto Wichterle Premium, Academic Council, AS CR
  • 2003, Award, Minister of Health

Selected publications:

  • Bařinka C., Šácha P., Sklenář J., Man P., Bezouška K., Slusher B.S. and Kon-valinka J: Identification of the N-glycosylation Sites on Glutamate Carboxy-peptidase II Necessary for Proteolytic Activity. Protein Sci. 13, 1627-1635 (2004).
  • Stříšovský K., Jirásková J., Bařinka C., Majer P., Rojas C., Slusher B.S. and Konvalinka J.: Mouse brain serine racemase catalyzes specific elimination of L-Ser to pyruvate. FEBS Lett. 535, 44-48 (2003).
  • Weber J., Mesters J. R., Lepšík M., Prejdová J., Švec M., Šponarová J., Mlčochová P., Stříšovský K., Uhlíková T., Souček M., Machala M., Staňková M., Vondrášek J., Klimkait T., Kraeusslich H.-G., Hilgenfeld R. and Konvalinka J.: Unusual binding mode of an HIV-1 protease inhibitor explains its potency against multi-drug-resistant virus strains. J. Mol. Biol. 324, 739-754 (2002).
  • Bařinka C., Rinnová M., Šácha P., Rojas C., Majer P., Slusher B.S. and Konvalinka J.: Substrate Specificity, Inhibition and Enzymological Analysis of Recombinant Human Glutamate Carboxypeptidase II. J. Neurochem. 80 (3), 477-488 (2002).
  • Rinnová M. Hradilek M., Bařinka C., Weber J., Souček M., Vondrášek J., Klimkait T. and Konvalinka J.: A picomolar inhibitor of resistant strains of HIV PR identified by a combinatorial approach. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 382, 22-30 (2000).
  • Konvalinka J., Litera J., Weber J., Vondrášek J., Hradilek M., Souček M., Pichová I., Majer P., Štrop P., Sedláček J., Heuser A.-M., Kottler H. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: Configurations of diastereomeric hydroxyethylene isosteres strongly afect biological activities of a series of specific inhibitors of human-immunodeficiency-virus proteinase. Eur. J. Biochem. 250, 559-566 (1997).
  • Konvalinka J., Loechelt M., Zentgraf H., Fluegel R. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: Active Foamy Virus Proteinase is Essential for Virus Infectivity but Not for Formation of a Pol Polyprotein. J. Virol. 69, 7264-7268 (1995).
  • Konvalinka J., Literst M.A., Welker R., Rippman F., Heuser A.-M. and Kraeusslich H.-G.: An active site mutation in the HIV-1 proteinase (PR) causes reduced PR activity and loss of PR mediated cytotoxicity without apparent effect on virus maturation and infectivity. J. Virol. 69, 7180-7186 (1995).
  • Konvalinka J., Hořejší M., Andreánsky M., Novek P., Pichová I., Bláha I., Fábry M., Sedláček J., Foundling S. and Štrop P.: A retroviral proteinase from myeloblastosis associated virus acquires pH dependence and substrate specificity of the HIV-1 proteinase. EMBO J. 11, 1141-1144 (1992).
  • Richards A.D., Phylip L.H., Farmerie W.G., Scarborough P.E., Alvarez A., Dunn B.M., Herve-Hirel Ph., Konvalinka J., Strop P., Pavlickova L., Kostka V. and Kay J.: Sensitive, soluble chromogenic substrates for HIV-1 proteinase. J. Biol. Chem. 265, 7733-7736 (1990).

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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.