Born in 1954; MSc. in horticulture 1978, Agricultural College in Brno; Ph.D. in Genetics, 1983, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague; postdoc 1985 - 1986, ENEA, C.R.E. Casaccia, Rome, Italy; DSc. in Genetics, 2001, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague; Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2013, Masaryk University, Brno.
Jaroslav Doležel has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Experimental Botany since 1983 and since 1997 he has been the head of the Olomouc workplace of this institute. Since 1992, he has lectured at Palacký University in Olomouc, currently at the Cytotaxonomy and Cytogenetics, Genome Anatomy and Cytometric Techniques. Since 2010, he has been the scientific director of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research and is a member of the Scientific Council of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Czech Science Foundation.
His research activities are focused on the study of the structure, evolution and function of plant genome in order to obtain the knowledge needed for the application of molecular and biotechnological methods in the cultivation of agricultural crops. His team also participated in the sequencing of complex wheat and barley genomes (WoS: 300+ publications, 13000+ citations, h-index 54, editor of three books).
Jaroslav Doležel has been the investigator or member of the research team of more than 20 projects, including EU projects. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, in 2014 he received the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Award for outstanding results in research, experimental development and innovation, and in 2018 he received the Czech Government National Award for his lifelong contribution to the development of plant genetics and the application of results in practice.