Ctibor Mazal receive the MU Bronze medal
The Dean of Masaryk University’s (MU) Faculty of Science, Tomáš Kašparovský, thanked Ctibor Mazal for the extraordinary results he has achieved as director of the Department of Chemistry by presenting him with the MU Bronze Medal.
Brno announces its PhD talents for 2023
We would like to share the great news from the Brno PhD Talent Competition, which already knows its winners. In this year's competition, Kateřina Hrůzová, PhD student at the Department of Chemistry, succeeded. The competition is aimed at students in the first year of doctoral studies carried out in the city of Brno. Its main goal is to support young scientists in their study and scientific endeavors. Congratulation to Kateřina!
MUNI SCIENTIST AWARD 2023
The most successful scientists or research teams of Masaryk University have been awarded the MUNI SCIENTIST AWARD 2023 for their significant achievements, publication in prestigious journals and research results. This year, GAMU awarded 37 excellent scientists or research teams. More than thirty researchers personally attended the awards ceremony in the refectory of the Mendel Museum. Awardees from the Department of Chemistry were Mgr. Jakub Švenda, Ph.D. for an article published in Angewandte Chemie and doc. RNDr. Mgr. Jozef Hritz, Ph.D. for receiving the prestigious Excellence Hubs grant.
Dean’s Awards 2023
Dean Tomáš Kašparovský has presented awards to the best students of the MU Faculty of Science. From the Department of Chemistry, Petra Pikulová was awarded in the category of Best Student in a Bachelor’s or Master’s study programme, and Marek Stiborek in the category of Best Student in the Doctoral study programme.
The competition for the best student scientific work in the field of analytical chemistry "Karel Štulík Award 2023"
Our student Bc. Lívia Rigasová won second place in the 26th year of the competition for the best student scientific work in the field of analytical chemistry "Karel Štulík Award 2023" with her scientific work Tools for biomolecule recognition under the supervision doc. Vaculovič.
Vice-rector's award for excellent results in doctoral studies 2022
Dr. Josef Kučera is a graduate of the doctoral study program of Chemistry. Currently, he works as a postdoc in the research group of prof. Lenka Hernychová from the Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute. He was awarded Vice-rector's award for excellent results in doctoral studies. With his supervisor doc. Petr Táborský from our Department of Chemistry received the award from Vice-rector prof. Pospíšilová.
MUNI Scientist award 2022
The grant agency of Masaryk University held its annual conference on 30th November, in the Augustinian Abbey. MUNI Scientist awards were presented for the third time as part of the program. Among the winners were also our scientists doc. Kamil Paruch, prof. Petr Klán, and prof. Radek Marek.
Award for contribution to teaching at Masaryk University in the field of natural sciences 2022
Erik Kalla, a doctoral student of Chemistry, was awarded by the students’ chamber the Award for contribution to teaching at Masaryk University in the field of natural sciences. Congratulation!
A new mechanism regulating RNA splicing was discovered by a team led by Dalibor Blazek
The scientific journal NATURE has just published the discovery of the research team led by Dalibor Blazek from CEITEC MU that describes a previously unknown mechanism regulating RNA splicing – an essential process for the control of gene expression. Labs of Kamil Paruch from the Department of Chemistry at Masaryk Universitycontributed by performing the chemical-biology characterization of OTS964.
Our Spin-off CasInvent Pharma Raises €1.3 Million from Foreign Investors
A unique investment has been made in the university spin-off company CasInvent Pharma, which is developing compounds with anticancer properties. The KHAN Technology Transfer Fund I and i&i Biotech Fund invested €1.3 million in the company. With this funding, CasInvent Pharma will be strengthening the development and preclinical testing of a compound for the treatment of leukaemia.
Jean-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry 2022
Two of our students took part in this year's Jean-Marie Lehn award for chemistry. Dominik Madea took 3rd place and Martin Kejík was in the top ten. Congratulation!
Excellent evaluation by GACR for SCI MUNI research
A three-year project on the development of thermoelectric materials with high efficiency and especially on the study of their long-term operational stability was evaluated as excellent by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GACR). The MU Faculty of Science team was led by Pavel Brož, who undertook the study alongside a team from the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), led by Jiří Buršík, and colleagues from the University of Vienna. Congratulations!
The Dean awarded personalities of our Faculty of Science
Dean of the Faculty of Science Tomáš Kašparovský honoured 36 personalities who had made a significant contribution to the development of the Faculty, and its departments and institutes, over the last few decades. From the Department of Chemistry were awarded prof. Josef Havel, prof. Vítězslav Otruba, prof. Milan Potáček and prof. Zdirad Žák.
MUNI Scientist Awards recognise the university’s excellent achievements in research
Second MUNI Scientist Awards were granted at the annual conference of the Grant Agency of Masaryk University. Two researchers from the Department of Chemistry prof. Mojmír Šob and prof. Vladimír Šindelář were awarded. Congratulations!
Scientists from the Faculty of Science win the MUNI Innovation Award
During the recent Business Research Forum, Masaryk University (MU) presented its new MUNI Innovation Award for innovative achievement for the first time. Among the awardees was Kamil Paruch from Dept. of Chemistry with Vítězslav Bryjaand Pavlína Janovská (both Dept.of Experimental Biology) for unique research in the field of casein kinase 1 inhibition, which included the synthesis of new highly selective and patentable compounds. The work led to the establishment of the university spin-off company CasInvent Pharma, the main aim of which is to bring selected compounds up to the clinical trial stage. Congratulations!
Achievements of analytical chemistry students
Last week, Dean Tomáš Kašparovský personally presented the Dean’s Awards for Best Students at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University. Two chemistry students were awarded:
- Zuzana Husáková, a student in the Chemistry Master’s study program, specialises in Analytical Chemistry
- Martina Nechvátalová, a graduate of the Chemistry Doctoral study program
Seeing the structure of our molecule for the first time was the biggest “wow” moment, says Vladimír Šindelář
Vladimír Šindelář studied at the University of Chemical Technology in Prague, where he obtained his PhD at the Department of Polymers. He completed postdoctoral internships at Heriot-Watt University, Great Britain, and the University of Miami, USA. Since 2005 he has been working at the Department of Chemistry.
Jean-Marie Lehn Award 2019
The French Embassy in Prague annually awards the best young researchers from Czech universities and research institutions for their extraordinary scientific achievements. This year, our student Vaclav Nemec took second place Jean-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry.
A pharmaceutical company has been involved in the development of oncological drugs from MUNI
Artios Pharma Ltd. and Merck KGaA recently announced a three-year research collaboration aimed at discovering and developing new cancer drugs. This collaborative agreement will also make use of results gained through cooperation with Kamil Paruch and Lumír Krejčí research groups.
University Spin-Off to Focus on Developing New Cancer Drugs
A new spin-off company, CasInvent Pharma, a.s., has been established by Masaryk University (MU) in cooperation with its investment partner, i&i Prague, s.r.o. (Ltd), in order to facilitate further development of new compounds that could be used to treat certain types of leukaemia, lymphoma and solid tumours. The company will test the compounds that inhibit the enzyme Casein Kinase 1 (CK1) which is responsible, among other things, for the migration of leukaemia cells into lymphoid organs.
Scientists awarded one hundred million crowns towards anticancer research
Kamil Paruch and his team are conducting intensive research into agents that could be used to treat various cancers and cardiovascular diseases.