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Julius Lukeš Parasitologist

Julius Lukeš’ main research interests are the diverse parasitic protists belonging to the phylum Euglenozoa, and the functional genomics of Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of African sleeping sickness. In particular, he is interested in how the mitochondrion of this important pathogen and diverged eukaryote gets up- and down-regulated, and how similar it is to the mitochondria of multicellular organisms. His aim is to bring T. brucei into the family of principal model organisms.


Elected Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology, 2014.

Prize of the Minister of Education for Excellence in Research, 2011.

Prize of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2007.

EMBO Fellowship, 1993.

Relevant Publications

D. Speijer et al, "Sex is ubiquitous, ancient, and inherent attribute of eukaryotic life," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 112, pp. 8827-8834, 2015.

C. de Vargas et al, "Eukaryotic plankton diversity in the sunlit global ocean," Science, vol. 348, pp. 1261605, 2015.

A. D. Tsaousis et al, "The evolution of Fe/S cluster biogenesis in the anaerobic parasite Blastocystis," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 109, pp. 10426-10431, 2012.

M.W. Gray et al, "Irremediable complexity?" Science, vol. 330, pp. 920-921, 2010.

J. Janouškovec et al, "A common red algal origin of the apicomplexan, dinoflagellate and heterokont plastids," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 107, pp. 10949-10954, 2010.



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University of South Bohemia, Czech Academy of SciencesInstitute of Parasitology: Biology Centre



Czech Republic

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