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Zuzana Pavlikova, SVK
Ph.D. student
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Stanislava Gunisova, SVK
post-doctoral fellow @


Anna Herrmannova, CZE
post-doctoral fellow @


Vladislava Vlckova, CZE
Ph.D. student
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Mahabub Pasha, IND
Ph.D. student
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Olga Krydova, CZE
lab assistant
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Jakub Zeman, CZE
Ph.D. student
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Terezie Svobodova, CZE
Ph.D. student
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Petra Beznoskova, CZE
post-doctoral fellow @


Susan Wagner, GER
post-doctoral fellow
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Kristina Poncova, CZE
Ph.D. student
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Leos Shivaya Valasek @ group leader (CV)

Professional
Leos is head of the Laboratory of Regulation of Gene Expression (LRGE) at the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Prague, where he also serves as the vice chairman of the Executive Board. In 2014 he was elected as a member of the Academy Assembly of CAS. His laboratory, established in June 2006, investigates a basic concept of translation and various aspects of its control. The studies combine the use of budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mammalian cells lines, and employ tools of molecular and structural biology, biochemistry and genetics. Leos received his Master degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 1994 from the Charles University in Prague and subsequently his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1999 from the University of Vienna. He went on to do postdoctoral work in the Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, under supervision of Dr. Alan Hinnebusch. In June 2004, Leos received the “welcome-back-home” Fellowship of J. E. Purkyne from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR), and returned to the Czech Republic to be appointed as Independent Investigator at the Institute of Microbiology ASCR in Prague. In 2005 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship, became the Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar, and received an NIH FIC Global Health Research Initiative Program Award. In June 2010, Leos became the first Czech-based researcher ever to renew the Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship; the second renewal occured in 2015. In November 2011, his group together with 6 other young groups in the Czech Republic received a highly prestigious Centre of Excellence Grant from the Czech Grant Agency. Leos’s young group currently consists of 3 post-doctoral fellows, 6 Ph.D. and 1 Diploma students and a lab technician. He and his lab have published close to 50 publications in top-notch peer-reviewed journals and won the best original research publication carried out at the Institute of Microbiology ASCR award in years 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Personal
Born to play ice hockey at NHL or Rock&Roll with a famous hard-rock band, this talented man ended up as an enthusiastic explorer. He wants to learn not only how our cells operate at the molecular level but also how our psyche/soul - whatever the people call it - influences our daily life. To quench his thirst for cognition, he is on one hand looking into the mechanistic details of incarnation of DNA-encoded genetic information into proteins, and on the other into deep "memories" of his body&soul reaching perhaps far before his own birth through various psychotherapeutic procedures of the West like Family constellations, as well as the ostensibly mystic techniques of East cultures such as holotropic breathing, active meditations, Tantra etc. Besides that - as indicated above - he likes music (U2 above all) and sports such as downhill skiing, biking, climbing, hockey, squash, scuba diving etc., traveling and fine dining are the two of his most favorite hobbies. Turning his grandparent's former field into a lively garden around the house built where his roots are firmly settled in the home ground immediately follows. And finally, showing the world to his two young sons David and Jakub is the gift of all gifts that one can never get enough of ...

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