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Lukáš Jiří

Born 31. October, 1961

  • Cell & cancer biology
  • Honorary member of the Learned Society since 2005

Educational and professional preparation:

  • (1981-86) Veterinary University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • (1987-90) Institute of Systematic and Ecological Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
  • (1990 & 1991) Department of Biochemistry (Paul Nurse), Oxford, UK
  • (1992-93) Cell Cycle Group (Giulio Draetta), EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Since 2005: Director, Centre for Genotoxic Stress Research
  • Institute of Cancer Biology, Danish Cancer Society

Research interests:

  • Regulation of the mammalian cell division cycle and its response to genotoxic stress
  • Non-invasive imaging of molecular events in living mammalian cells

Notable awards:

  • Fellowships: EMBO, UICC, ICRF
  • Grants: Human Frontier Scientific Programme; European Union (FP6), European Science Foundation, Danish Cancer Society; Danish National Research Foundation.
  • Young Danish Cancer Researcher Prize (1995)
  • Elected EMBO Member (2002)
  • Alfred Benzons Foundation Prize (2002)
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize (2003)
  • G. J. Mendel Honorary Medal (2003)
  • Associated professor, Aarhus University (2005)
  • Honorary member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic (2005)
  • Senior Researcher Prize, Danish Cancer Society (2006)


  • International patent on the Cdc25A DNA damage checkpoint pathway as a target for cancer therapeutics.

Selected publications:

97 research papers in peer reviewed journals; 25 review articles; 4 book chapters.
The references of 10 key papers are provided below:

  • Lukas, J., Parry, D., Aagaard, L., Mann, D.J., Bartkova, J., Strauss, M., Peters, G., and Bartek, J. Retinoblastoma-protein-dependent cell-cycle inhibition by the tumour suppressor p16. Nature 375, 503-506 (1995).
  • Lukas, C., Sørensen, C.S., Kramer, E., Santoni-Rugiu, E., Lindeneg, C., Peters, J. M., Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Accumulation of cyclin B1 requires E2F and cyclin-A-dependent rearrangement of the anaphase-promoting complex. Nature 401, 815-818 (1999).
  • Mailand, N., Falck, J., Lukas, C., Syljuåsen R., Welcker, M., Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Rapid destruction of human Cdc25A in response to DNA damage. Science 288, 1425-1429 (2000).
  • Falck, J., Mailand, N., Syljuasen, R. G., Bartek, J. & Lukas, J. The ATM-Chk2-Cdc25A checkpoint pathway guards against radioresistant DNA synthesis. Nature 410, 842-847 (2001).
  • Sørensen, C. S., Syljuåsen, R. G., Falck, J., Schroeder, T., Rönnstrand, L., Zhou, B. B., Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Chk1 regulates the S-phase checkpoint by coupling the physiological turnover and ionizing radiation-induced accelerated proteolysis of Cdc25A. Cancer Cell 3, 247-258 (2003).
  • Lukas, C., Falck, J., Bartkova, J., Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Distinct spatio-temporal dynamics of mammalian checkpoint regulators induced by DNA damage. Nature Cell Biology 5, 255-260 (2003).
  • Lukas, J., and Bartek, J. The heart of the cycle. Nature, 432, 564-567 (2004).
  • Bartkova, J., Horejsi, Z., Koed, K., Guldberg, P., Krämer, A., Sehested, M., Nesland, J., Lukas, C., Ørntoft, T., Lukas, J., and Bartek. J. DNA damage response as a candidate anti-cancer barrier in early human tumorigenesis. Nature, 434, 864-870 (2005).
  • Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Balancing life-or-death decisions. Science, 314, 261-262 (2006).
  • Mailand, N., Bekker-Jensen, S., Bartek, J., and Lukas, J. Destruction of Claspin by SCF TrCP restrains Chk1 activation and facilitates recovery from genotoxic stress. Molecular Cell, 23, 307-318 (2006).

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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.