Research priorities

Our research is mainly focused on ecology and eco-epidemiology of zoonotic microorganisms with main emphasis on emerging and re-emerging pathogens. The role of endotherm vertebrates (host of pathogenic agents) and haematophagous arthtropods (biological vectors) in circulation ot zoonotic pathogens as well as natural and soci-economic factors driving emergence of particular infections are intensively explored.

Reasearch facility in Valtice is well-equipped with state-of-the-art molecular devices as well as modern animal facility fulfilling all safety measures which are needed for handling with laboratory animals.

Issues addresed:

  • isolation and identification of novel microorganisms including human pathogens (microbe hunting);
  • ecology of arthropod-borne microorganisms (e.g., West Nile and tick-borne encephalitis flaviviruses, spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi, rickettsia Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and protozoan Babesia spp.);
  • implementing 'One health' concept for studying emerging zoonoses;
  • risk of introduction of new mosquito invasive vectors and mosquito-borne diseases into territory of Central Europe;
  • expert advice regarding prevention and control of zoonoses (contribution to preventive human and veterinary medicine);
  • expert opinion on emerging infectious diseases.

Address

Klášterní 2, 691 42 Valtice
tel: +420 519 352 961
mail: rudolf@brno.cas.cz


Staff

Head of the Facility

Rudolf Ivo, doc. RNDr., Ph.D., +420 519 352 961, <rudolfbrno.cas.cz>, eco-epidemiology of microbial pathogens

Full-time Researchers

Hubálek Zdeněk, prof. RNDr., DrSc., +420 519 352 961, <zhubalekbrno.cas.cz>, eco-epidemiology of microbial pathogens

Šikutová Silvie, Mgr., Ph.D., +420 519 352 961, <sikutovabrno.cas.cz>, ecology of arthropod vectors

Researchers contracted for particular project

Straková Petra, Mgr., Ph.D., <strakova.pcentrum.cz>, zoonotic viruses of vertebrates

PhD Students

Betášová Lenka, Ing., +420 519 352 961, <betasovaivb.cz>, molecular diagnostics of pathogens

Undergraduates

Brablcová Adéla, Bc., <436969mail.muni.cz>, the occurrence of selected rodent pathogens

Dočkal Patrik, Bc., <424127mail.muni.cz>

Kejíková Romana, Bc., <451048mail.muni.cz>

Vojtíšek Jakub, Bc., <javojmail.muni.cz>, microbiology and molecular biotechnology

Technician Staff

Peško Juraj, +420 519 352 961, <juraj.pesko47gmail.com >, laboratory technician

Ševčíková Ladislava, +420 519 352 961, <sevcikovaivb.cz>, laboratory technician, administrative officer