Jan was born in Valašské Meziříčí and raised in Moravian Wallachia, Czech Republic. He spent his PhD at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Prague in the laboratory of Dominik Filipp working on immune tolerance and intestinal autoimmunity. Then he joined the laboratory of Jakub Abramson at the Weizmann Institute of Science for his postdoctoral training. He was working on the host-pathogen interaction and regulation of adaptive immune response by innate lymphoid cells. In 2021, he was appointed as the principal investigator at the Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University.
Tomáš was born in Prague, Czech Republic, where he stayed for both the undergraduate and PhD studies. He studied general biology as a BSc student and then immunology as a MSc student, both at the Faculty of Science of Charles university in Prague. During BSc studies he joined Laboratory of Molecular Genetics of Development at the the Faculty of Science of Charles university in Prague under the supervision of Lenka Libusová. For MSc studies, he transferred to the Laboratory of Immunobiology at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, headed by Dominik Filipp, where he stayed for his PhD studies. His main research interests are mucosal immunology, host-microbe interactions and the role of intestinal epithelium in host defense and shaping of immune responses.
Katarína was born and raised in Prešov, Slovakia. She studied general biology as a BSc student and then genetic and molecular cytology as an MSc student at the Faculty of Science of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. Her career as a lab technician began at Loschmidt Laboratories in Brno specialized in protein engineering research. After moving to Prague she worked as a research assistant at Zbynek Kozmik laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, under the leadership of Ondřej Machoň, where they studied transcription factor Meis2 and it’s roles in zebrafish and mouse embryonic development.
After her studies at the Faculty of Science in Prague, she started to work as a lab technician in Dominik Filipp’s Laboratory of Immunobiology. She spent 13 years there interrupted only by maternity leave in Israel, where she worked in Noam Stern-Ginossar’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After moving back to Prague she desired to spend more time with her husband so she joined his lab.
Tomáš was born in Slaný, Czech republic. As a pre-gradual student, he studied Biology and then Immunology at the faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague. During this time he was working in the Laboratory of Tomáš Brdička at the Institute of molecular genetics, where he wrote his diploma thesis about phosphorylation of adaptor protein PSTPIP2 and it’s role in the regulation of neutrophils. In 2022 he joined the Laboratory of Jan Dobeš, where he started his PhD studies. Now his main research aim is the regulation of cooperative antigen transfer during the development of T cells in a thymus.
Helena is from Prague, Czech Republic. As a BSc student, she studied molecular biology at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, where she now continues to study immunology in her MSc studies. She wrote her bachelor’s thesis in the Reproductive Biology research group in BIOCEV, and has transferred to our laboratory for her MSc studies. Her main interests include host-microbe interactions and mucosal immunity.
Evgeny was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. He moved to Prague to study medicine at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. During his studies he joined up Dominik Filipp’s research group at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he had developed a keen interest in mucosal immunity.
Jana was born and raised in Třinec, Czech Republic. She moved to Prague to study at the Faculty of Science of Charles University. There she studied general biology as a BSc student, and now continues her MSc studies in immunology. She transferred to the laboratory from Institute of Immunology and Microbiology of First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, where she wrote her bachelor’s thesis in parasitology research group. Jana’s interests include antibody immune responses, host-pathogen interactions and immunodiagnostics.
Iva was born and raised in Brno, Czech Republic. She moved to Prague, where she started studying general biology at the Faculty of Science of Charles University. She completed her BSc studies in the laboratory of Jan Dobes, where she wrote her bachelor thesis. Now she continues her MSc studies in immunology.
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