Biologist and Head of the Cell Biology Department of the Center of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH) Jozef Šamaj is a new member of the Learned Society of Slovakia. This was decided with great support by the participants of the General Assembly of the Society, who elected five new scientific reinforcements at their meeting on December 9.
“I feel very honored and it is a great distinction for me because it is not easy to obtain recognition at home after many years abroad. At the same time, I think it is basically appreciation of the creative work of my entire research team, and therefore I would like to thank all my colleagues for exemplary cooperation. Without them it would not be possible. I actively try to keep in touch with Slovak science and some of my best colleagues and students come from Slovakia. In Olomouc, in the last nine years, thanks to scientific enthusiasm, amazing diligence and enormous commitment from the entire international team, we have succeeded in building a unique workplace with a worldwide reputation and establishing a new field of study,” said Professor Šamaj.
He majored in General Biology at Comenius University, he has extensive international experience, and has received prestigious post-doctoral scholarships at the Universities of Toulouse, Bonn and Vienna. He worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for a long time and then for seven years as group leader and associate professor at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany at the University of Bonn. Since 2010 he has been Head of Department at CRH. His research interests include molecular and cell biology, biotechnology, proteomics, signaling, cytoskeleton, vesicular transport, endocytosis and plant stress. He is an editor of six books (5 of which published by Springer), a national representative at the International Plant Proteomics Organization, member of several scientific societies and editorial boards of professional journals. He is the author of more than 190 publications with over 6,000 citations. His h-index is 43.
The Learned Society of Slovakia currently has about 60 regular, 45 emeritus and nine honorary members. The Society supports the development of science and spreading of scientific knowledge, participates in the representation of Slovak science on national as well as international level, comments on the direction of science in the Slovak Republic and cooperates with other learned societies.