Centre of Structural and Functional Plant Genomics of IEB AS CR

The Centre of Structural and Functional Plant Genomics is a part of the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with headquarters in Prague. This world-renowned workplace focuses primarily on studying the hereditary information of agricultural crops, and is committed to acquiring new knowledge and developing the most up-to-date methods that contribute to the breeding of new varieties. It is precisely breeding of more resistant crops with better characteristics which is crucial to ensuring sufficient food resources for future generations. The centre has largely contributed to decoding the hereditary information on wheat, barley, rye, pea and other plant species. At present, researchers are dealing with the arrangement of hereditary information in three-dimensional space of cell nucleus and its effect on plant properties and their response to environmental factors. Within the initiative to help developing countries, the scientific team has been studying genetic information of banana for a long time, and in cooperation with African countries, has been helping to implement the latest molecular methods in its cultivation.

olomouc.ueb.cas.cz

prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, Dr.Sc.

Scientific Director of the Centre and Chairperson of the Scientific Board of Centre, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
+420 585 238 703, dolezel@ueb.cas.cz

He works as the Scientific Director of the Centre. Since 1983 he has been working at the Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences CR. He graduated from University of Agriculture in Brno and received his Ph.D. and DrSc. degrees from AS CR. He spent his postdoctoral fellowship in Italian research organization ENEA in Rome. Since 1992 he has been teaching at Palacký University; since 2013 as professor of molecular biology and genetics. His research focuses on plant genome structure and evolution, applications of flow cytometry in plant biology and genome mapping and sequencing in economically important crops. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in impacted journals, edited three books and has been the main investigator and co-investigator in more than 20 research projects, including EU grants. He has been a member of The Learned Society of the Czech Republic since 2004. Prof. Doležel was awarded by Praemium Academiae by the president of The Czech Academy of Sciences in 2012, in 2014 received the Award of Minister of Education, youth and sports for outstanding research results, experimental development and innovation, and in 2018 he received the National Award of the Government - Česká hlava, for lifelong contribution to development of plant genetics and application of research results.

 

Education:

  • Ing. (=MSc.) in Horticulture, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Brno (1978)
  • CSc. (= Ph.D.) in Genetics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague (1983); DrSc. (= DSc.) in Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (2001)
  • Doc. (= Assoc. Prof.) in Botany, Palacký University in Olomouc (2001)
  • professorship in molecular biology and genetics, Masaryk University in Brno (2013)

Employment:

  • 1983-1985 – Institute of Experimental Botany, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Olomouc, Junior Scientist
  • 1985-1986 – ENEA, C.R.E. Casaccia, Italy, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1986-1994 – Institute of Experimental Botany, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Olomouc, Senior Scientist
  • 1994 – present – Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cytometry, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Laboratory Director
  • 1997 – present – Olomouc Research Centre, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Head of the Centre
  • 1992 – 2002 – Palacký University in Olomouc, School of Natural Sciences, Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Lecturer
  • 2002 – present – Palacký University in Olomouc, School of Natural Sciences, Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Associated Professor
  • 2010 – present – Centre of the Region Haná for Agricultural and Biotechnological Research, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Head of Department of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, and Scientific Director of the Centre

Research orientation:

  • plant genome structure and evolution, application of flow cytometry to analyze nuclear genome, analysis of long-range molecular organization of plant chromosomes, development of chromosome genomics to support mapping and sequencing complex genomes of agricultural crops, interaction and evolution of parental genomes in hybrid and polyploid plants
  • edited two scientific books and published over 150 papers, which were cited over 3,300 times according to ISI WoS, with h-index = 29

International experience:

  • 1985-1986 – 1 year postdoc in ENEA, C.R.E. Casaccia, Italy
  • 1987-1997 – 12 short-tem (1 week – 4 months) fellowships in 7 countries, Lecturing at 12 training courses abroad (Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Poland, Austria, Uruguay); 32 invited talks at foreign universities and research institutes; 24 invited talks at international conferences abroad; FAO/IAEA expert for plant genetics and biotechnology, technical cooperation programs with developing countries
  • 1998 – 2007 – President, Genetics Improvement Working Group, PROMUSA, Global Programme for Banana and Plantain Improvement, Montpellier, France
  • 2005 – present – Member of the Management Committee of the Global Consortium for Musa Genomics, Montpellier, France
  • 2005 – present – Member of the Management Committee of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, Bethesda, USA

Grants and projects:

  • principal investigator and/or team member in 22 national (GA ČR, MŠMT, NAZV in Czech Republic) and international projects (NSF and USDA in USA)
  • Leader of the research program Novel materials and methods for plant breeding at the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research