Mgr. Tomáš pánek, Ph.D.

Phone: +420 221 951 072




Detailed CV


Research interests:

Evolution of the Eukaryotic Cell; Molecular Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics, Diversity of Neglected Eukaryotic Lineages; Genetic Code Evolution; Flagellar Apparatus; Mitochondrion; Evolution of anaerobiosis

Lectures and courses:

2011 – 2015  Exercise in Protistology (Charles University in Prague, partially)

2015 - on        Practical Course of Bioinformatics (University of Ostrava, partially)

2016 - on        Biology of Protists and Fungi (University of Ostrava, partially)

2016 - on        Principles of Molecular Systematics (University of Ostrava, partially)

2019 – on       Exercise in Protistology (Charles University in Prague, partially)


I was also supervisor of one bachelor student (Martin Sokol) who successfully defended his thesis “Evolution of non-canonical genetic codes” in May 2017 (University of Ostrava).  Currently, I am co-supervisor of one PhD student (David Žihala, University of Ostrava).



2008 – now Czech Society for Parasitology, Section of Protozoology

2010 – now International Society of Protistologists



1.  Horváthová, L., Žárský, V., Pánek, T., Derelle, R., Pyrih, J., Motyčková, A., Klápšťová, V., Klimeš, V., Petrů, M., Vaitová, Z., Čepička, I., Harant, K., Gray, M.W., Guilvout, I., Francetic, O., Lang, F.B., Vlček, Č., Tsaousis, A., Eliáš, M., Doležal, P. (under review). Ancestral mitochondrial protein secretion machinery. Nature Communications.

1.  Karnkowska, A., Treitli, S.C., Brzoň, O., Novák, L., Vacek, V., Soukal, P., Barlow, L.D., Herman, E.K., Pipaliya, S., Pánek, T., Žihala, D., Petrželková, R., Butenko, A., Eme, L., Stairs, C.W., Roger, A.J., Eliáš, M., Dacks, J.B.D., Hampl, V. (2019). The Monocercomonoides exilis genome displays canonical eukaryotic complexity in the absence of a mitochondrion. Molecular Biology and Evolution (Journal Impact Factor 2018 = 14.797).

2.  Lahr, D.G., Kosakyan, A., Lara, E., Mitchell E.A.D., Morais, L., Porfírio-Sousa, A., Ribeiro, G.M., Tice, A.K., Pánek, T., Kang, S., Brown, M.W. (2019). Phylogenomics and ancestral morphological reconstruction of Arcellinida testate amoebae demonstrate high diversity of microbial eukaryotes in the Neoproterozoic Current Biology 29(6), 991-1001. (Journal Impact Factor 2018 = 9.251)

3.  Táborský, P., Pánek, T., Čepička, I. (2017). Anaeramoebidae fam. nov., a novel lineage of anaerobic amoebae and amoeboflagellates of uncertain phylogenetic position. Protist 168: 495-526. (Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 2.702)

4.   Kang, S., Tice, A., Spiegel, F., Silberman, J., Pánek, T., Čepička, I., Kostka, M., Kosakyan, A., Alcantara, D., Roger, A., Shadwick, L., Smirnov, A., Kudryavstev, A., Lahr, D., Brown, M.W. (2017). Between a pod and a hard test: the deep evolution of amoebae. Molecular Biology and Evolution 34: 2258-2270. (Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 10.217)

5.  Ishemgulova, A., Butenko, A., Kortišová, L., Boucinha, C., Grybchuk-Ieremenko, A., Morell, K.A., Tesařová, M., Kraeva, N., Grybchuk, D., Pánek, T., Flegontov, P., Lukeš, J., Votýpka, J., Opperdoes, F.R., Spodareva, V., d'Avila-Levy, C.M., Kostygov, A., Yurchenko, V. (2017). Molecular mechanisms of thermal resistance of the insect trypanosomatid Crithidia thermophila. PLoS ONE 12: e0174165. (Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 2.766)

6.  Pánek, T., Žihala, D., Sokol, M., Derelle, R., Klimeš, V., Hradilová, M., Zadrobílková, E., Susko, E., Roger, A.J., Čepička, I., Eliáš, M. (2017). Nuclear genetic codes with a different meaning of the UAG and the UAA codon. BMC Biology 15:8. (Journal Impact Factor 2017 = 5.770)

7.  Pánek, T., Zadrobílková, E., Walker, G., Brown, M. W., Gentekaki, E., Hroudová, M., ... & Čepička, I. (2016). First multigene analysis of Archamoebae (Amoebozoa: Conosa) robustly reveals its phylogeny and shows that Entamoebidae represents a deep lineage of the group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 98: 41-51. (Journal Impact Factor 2016 = 4.419)

8.   Pánek, T., Táborský, P., Pachiadaki, M. G., Hroudová, M., Vlček, Č., Edgcomb, V. P., & Čepička, I. (2015). Combined culture-based and culture-independent approaches provide insights into diversity of jakobids, an extremely plesiomorphic eukaryotic lineage. Frontiers in Microbiology 6. (Journal Impact Factor 2015 = 4.165)

Zhang, Q., Táborský, P., Silberman, J. D., Pánek, T., Čepička, I., & Simpson, A. G. (2015). Marine Isolates of Trimastix marina form a plesiomorphic deep-branching lineage within Preaxostyla, separate from other known trimastigids (Paratrimastix n. gen.). Protist 166: 468-491. (Journal Impact Factor 2015 = 2.898

Céza, V., Pánek, T., Smejkalová, P., & Čepička, I. (2015). Molecular and morphological diversity of the genus Hypotrichomonas (Parabasalia: Hypotrichomonadida), with descriptions of six new species. European Journal of Protistology 51: 158-172. (Journal Impact Factor 2015 = 2.553)

11Yubuki, N., Pánek, T., Yabuki, A., Čepička, I., Takishita, K., Inagaki, Y., & Leander, B. S. (2015). Morphological Identities of Two Different Marine Stramenopile Environmental Sequence Clades: Bicosoeca kenaiensis (Hilliard, 1971) and Cantina marsupialis (Larsen and Patterson, 1990) gen. nov., comb. nov. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 62: 532-542. (Journal Impact Factor 2015 = 2.738)

    Pánek, T., Simpson, A. G., Hampl, V., & Čepička, I. (2014). Creneis carolina gen. et sp. nov.(Heterolobosea), a novel marine anaerobic protist with strikingly derived morphology and life cycle. Protist 165: 542-567. (Journal Impact Factor 2014 = 3.045)

   Pánek, T., Ptáčková, E., & Čepička, I. (2014). Survey on diversity of marine/saline anaerobic Heterolobosea (Excavata: Discoba) with description of seven new species. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 64: 2280-2304. (Journal Impact Factor 2014 = 2.511)


Chapters in scientific monographs:

Pánek, T., Čepička, I.: Diversity of Heterolobosea. (2012). In Caliskan M (ed) Genetic Diversity in Microorganisms. InTech, Rijeka, pp. 3–26.

Pánek T., Simpson A.G.B., Brown M.W., Dexter-Dyer B. Heterolobosea (2016). In Archibald J.M., Simpson A.G.B., Slamovits C. (eds) Handbook of Protists. Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32669-6_10-1.