Developing a combination of coagulation technology, sludge pumps and dewatering units will offer aquaculture farmers around the world an opportunity to outsource their pollution problem, will create a new business for external service providers and make aquaculture more circular and sustainable.
Not surprisingly, water was already part of my life before I decided to move from Germany to the Czech Republic to become a PhD student: I received a BSc in Water Science from Duisburg-Essen University and an MSc in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture from Humboldt-University of Berlin. During my studies, I did not hesitate to make use of the amenities of life as a student (Erasmus and DAAD funding!) and spent time abroad at the TEC in Costa Rica, the IDAEA-CSIC in Spain, and WUR in the Netherlands, either for internships or to prepare my degree theses. However, I needed to spend some time in the private sector after finishing my MSc to (re)ignite the scientific fire. Now, I am a PhD candidate at the University of South Bohemia and work in the Laboratory of Nutrition under assoc. Prof. Jan Mráz. Here, my work is focused on different aspects of the valorization of aquaculture waste.
To investigate the capacity of various mosquito species to acquire and transmit Borrelia spirochetes to mammalian hosts utilizing two models: 1. in-vitro artificial membrane feeding system and 2. in-vivo mouse model.
I have always been fascinated by biology and the mysteries it holds. I remember that taking the biology course at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, CZ, sparked my further curiosity in science. Because, I have always been eager to explore other opportunities, broaden my knowledge, and satisfy my interests, I participated in the Erasmus+ programme which allowed me to discover a scientific topic that interests me. During my summer internship at KULeuven, Belgium, I found a great passion for mosquitoes which fuelled my future motivation to research them in more depth. Who would have imagined that this tiny flying mostly known as an annoying insect could be so fascinating when examined under a microscope? It can still hide many gorgeous features; we just need to look closer. As a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, I work at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Ticks and the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Physiology of Mosquitoes in AVCR, Ceske Budejovice, CZ, where part of my research focuses on whether mosquitoes can transmit Lyme disease. I consider myself fortunate because I have been able to combine my passion with my work, which motivates me to go above and beyond. I wish everyone the same luck in finding the right path.
We propose a solar cell enhanced by an organic dye that undergoes a quantum chemical phenomenon called "singlet fission". This family of dyes can effectively split the energy of the photon between two molecules. Thus, it allows the harvesting of 2 electrons from a single absorbed photon.
I am a Ph.D. candidate currently finishing my studies at iOCB Prague and at UCT Prague under the tutelage of Dr. Zdeněk Havlas and Prof. Josef Michl of Colorado University in Boulder. During my bachelor studies, I was inspired by a talk given by Prof. Michl about a peculiar photophysical phenomenon that occurs in organic dyes. As it included shiny colors, photons, electrons, and quantum mechanics and as an avid enjoyer of sci-fi, namely both Star Trek and Star Wars, I couldn’t have been more hooked. The prospect of “singlet fission” and the electronic excited states of molecules has mesmerized me ever since. Under the supervision of Dr. Jiří Kaleta, I first studied the process from the perspective of an organic chemist synthesizing colorful dyes. On the side, I slowly absorbed knowledge about its quantum mechanical aspects. Backed by the gained experimental insight, I gradually shifted my focus toward theoretical chemistry during my master’s degree. I continued my research of “in-silico” chemistry during my Ph.D. studies that has happened in collaboration with excellent experimentalists and theoreticians from our labs and around the world. This work has been published in several scientific journals and presented by me at conference venues. I regularly talk about the advances in this field at the international workshop of singlet fission held near the little town of Estes Park, just next to the Estes Cone mountain in the Rockies of Colorado. Apart from this, I thoroughly enjoy teaching and tutoring – at UCT courses or at the Běstvina summer camp, filled with excellent students to the brim.
Administration of hypertonic sodium lactate solution. It provides intravascular fluid replacement with the potential to eliminate harmful fluid overload. Moreover, the lactate anion is considered an energy substrate with immunomodulating effects during the adaptive response of the organism to shock.
Miroslav Kříž graduated from the Charles University Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen in 2019. Since then, he has been working as a physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the 1st Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital in Pilsen. In addition to the thorough routine care of critically ill patients, he researches the treatment of sepsis and septic shock as part of his Ph.D. studies under the guidance of Associate Professor Marek Nalos. He is currently implementing a project aimed at optimizing fluid treatment as an essential component of the treatment strategy for septic patients in all its aspects and expanding the portfolio of resuscitation fluids when strict personalization of treatment is required. He recently completed a collaboration with his colleagues on the robust randomized controlled trial (CLASSIC trial) of Professor Anders Perner's Danish research group and is involved in pre-planned substudies.
We have developed a microfluidic device that offers automatic sample processing and pathogen detection using just a single drop of blood, both inside and outside the laboratory. The main advantages of system lie in its versatility, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness.
I am a Ph.D. student focusing on the development of diagnostic systems and methods in the human and veterinary area. I completed my BSc. and MSc. in molecular biology and biotechnology at Mendel University in Brno, where I graduated with honours. I labored on the development of magnetic nanomaterials and new efficient approaches to nucleic acid extraction and analysis. During my studies I spent several months at the University of Alcala in Spain (Laboratory of Miniaturization and Analytical Nanotechnology), where I gained experience in microfluidics and its usage in medical applications. As a poster presenter of my research, I actively participated in the international conferences TNT 2022 and NANOCON 2022 (where I won the best poster award). In 2022, I was the winner of the Mendelu PhD Talent competition. My interest in science had started at high school and I am convinced that as a scientist I can help many people and save a lot of lives. My professional mission is to find the key to simple, effective and globally accessible diagnostics.
We perfomed a study showing the impact of ageing on mitochondrial respiration across various organ systems in both sexes. This is the first study doing so, which could lead to new treatment options.
Before Istudied General Medicine at the Charles University in the Czech Republic, I attend the Heinrich-Heine University in my hometown Düsseldorf (Germany) to study Biology until I was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. During this 3-year period, I got interested into biomedical research and, in more detail, into the role mitochondria play in our body. When I finally attended Medical School, I was able to connect my already established interest with the opportunity to work in a biomedical research laboratory in one of the most fascinating branches of the human physiology and pathophysiology: Ageing research. Here, I generated a strong focus on the interplay of mitochondria and oxidative stress in this complex process. I am glad and thankful that I met very inspirational mentors and supervisors both, during my studies of General Medicine in Plzen and during my Doctoral Studies in Germany, which I am conducting next to life in the Czech Republic. All of them enabled me to pursue research on a day-to-day basis and to grow as a person. Years of research in the Mitochondrial Lab of the Institute of Physiology in the Biomedical Center in Plzen helped me to shape my vision for my current as well as for my upcoming research interest: To be able to conduct to and to limit the burden, which is associated with age-related diseases in the Neurodegenerative- (Alzheimer’s) and Cardiovascular research fields. Since Ageing is a very emotional topic for nearly all people in the world, I hope that I can contribute my part to scientific improvement in this broad field. Further, my biggest hope is to bring even more quality of life to our seniors as well as to be able to establish a foundation for new treatment options.
We aim to provide kids an alternative to passive screentime by taking inspiration from fitness apps (which motivate millions of adults everyday to be active) and the psychological principles of gamification to help kids find their own motivation to be active even in the digital age.
I am a psychology student at Charles University in Prague, with a particular focus on sport psychology and organizational psychology. My academic journey is complemented by practical experience in marketing and business development and currently I am actively involved in the Czech startup ecosystem.
Community-based network of civic participatory research & creative groups, allowing senior citizens to boost their perceived social agency (and tackle loneliness as a by-product) by participating in urban planning, policy making, and co-designing (gov & byz) services and products tailored to them.
Marek is a PhD student and entrepreneur focused on older adults and new technologies. He founded Kaleido, a VR-based tool for activation therapy and cognitive training which has already helped in 200+ care homes and hospitals in five countries. Marek's phenomenological dissertation project at Charles University in Prague investigates the role digital interactions can play in the lives of socially isolated older adults. Next to these activities, Marek is also interested in e-Mental Health and recently completed a long-term grant project with the Czech National Mental Health Institute during which he and his colleagues designed a mobile game for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
I aim to solve the most urging problems in live cell bioimaging by the development of new molecular probes for efficient labeling of molecules inside cells that allow detection by fluorescent confocal microscopy.
My interest in organic chemistry and biochemistry started during my master studies at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno. My passion for science was reflected in my choice to continue in postgraduate education at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacký University in Olomouc. Under a supervision of Dr. Lucie Brulíková, I was mainly focused on designing and developing novel antimicrobial compounds. Along the way, I received funding (Erasmus+, Endowment Fund UPOL) for an internship (2 × 3 months) at Laboratoire de Synthèse Organique, École Polytechnique (FR). My stay in the laboratory of Dr. Yvan Six allowed me to extend my knowledge in organometallic chemistry. My desire to broaden my research activities towards biology brought me to the research group of Dr. Milan Vrábel, at IOCB Prague. My current post-doctoral stay was supported twice by IOCB Postdoctoral Fellowship program. In my work, I focus on the development of new biocompatible chemical reactions that can be applied in bioimaging, preparation of antibody-drug conjugates, metabolic glycoengineering and various biological studies of living systems. I enjoy the multidisciplinary nature of my research projects, where I can learn new things every day.
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4.5 trillion waste cigarette butts cause about 2 million tons of litter without proper disposal each year. Therefore, adsorption removal of hormones via electrospun cellulose acetate nanofibers from recycled waste cigarette butts offers a sustainable and relatively environmentally friendly solution.
Dr. Muhammad Yasir is currently working as a researcher for environmental applications at Centre of polymer systems, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic and he completed his doctoral degree last year in Material Science and Engineering with majors in Biomaterials and Biocomposites. The topic of his thesis was Nanofibrous Polymer Systems for Elimination of Estrogenic Hormones from Wastewater. He defended his thesis with 5 first author publications, a few publications as co-author and a 2 months of research mobility at Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Germany. He received rector’s award for best dissertation thesis and was involved in 4 projects during the period of Ph.D. study. Previously, he completed M.S in Petroleum Engineering with Bronze Medal from University of Miskolc, Hungary, and Bachelors in Materials Engineering with majors in Surface Science from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. He also has teaching experience at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, in the department of Materials Engineering.
Lifestyle medicine offers to prevent chronic diseases and complications at early stages using nonpharmacological and nonsurgical/nonprocedural interventions. The prevention programs should to be part of the primary care to support doctors and to prevent unnecessary health complications.
All of my work involves people, communication and education. You can find me in various settings and with different numbers of people. I am a lecturer, lifestyle coach and facilitator. One day I deal with personal stories of my client, sometimes I have a lecture for 100 people about healthy habits, and other day I am moderating a discussion of medical students. I graduated from the Study of Religions at Masaryk University. Even then I had an interest in the topics of communication, education, and psychology. Thanks to my mentor i was able to explore and find connections between education and religion. Apart of my main focus I collaborate with my teams in the International Clinical Research Center of FNUSA and MUNI MED (ICRC), and Masaryk University, and help with a research about cardiovascular health, prevention and education.
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To address this issue I am proposing creating a prototype children's map by children for children. The map would be created on the example of one Czech city and then the same creation process can be used for other cities outside the Czech Republic. This might improve children traveling experience.
I'm a passionate Ph.D. candidate at Masaryk University, specializing in childhood studies and children's geography. My mission is to reinvent urban spaces, making them more inclusive and beneficial for diverse groups of children. This pursuit has far-reaching positive impacts on health, well-being, and social development. My background as a former educator lends a unique perspective to my academic journey. With hands-on experience in the classroom, I understand the practical implications of my research.