Mgr. Alena Fornůsková, Ph.D.

Position: research assistant
Research topics: host parasite co-evolution
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 621

Research interests

  • host parasite co-evolution,
  • understanding and predicting the global spread of emergent infectious diseases,
  • study of hybrid zones. 

Finished Projects

Research activity for young people


  • 2009-2013: Ph.D. study – dissertation in double supervision: Variability of innate immunity genes in wild rodent populations, title of thesis: Genes of innate immunity and their significance in evolutionary ecology of free living rodents.


Université Montpellier 2, Sciences et Techniques, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier, France, successful application for grant of French government, 2010-2013 (supervisors: Dr. Jean-François Cosson and Dr. Nathalie Charbonnel)

CBGP, Campus International de Baillarguet, 34988 Montferrier-sur-Lez, France

Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and Zoology, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, CZ (supervisor: Dr. Josef Bryja)

Institute of Vertebrate Biology (IVB), Research Facility Studenec; AS CR, Studenec 122, 675 02 Koněšín (supervisor: Dr. Josef Bryja)

  • 2007-2009: Master study - Population genetic structure of two cryptic species of the genus Pipistrellus in Central Europe.


Université de Rennes 1, EFCE, 2, rue du Thabor, 35065 Rennes, France, successful application for grant of French government, 2008-2009, 11 month (supervisor: Dr. Eric Petit)

Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and Zoology, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno,CZ (supervisor: Dr. Josef Bryja)


  • 2017 - PR manager (publicity of the Institute, communication with media, preparation of press release and materials for IVB management, preparation and sending of grant office news).
  • 2016-2017: part-time employment - Post-doctoral fellow, involvement in projects: Hybrid zones: natural laboratories for the study of pathogen and Phylogeography, seleciton and mutation rate at genomic level: Inference from mtDNA sequences of the house mouse.
  • 2015-2016: part-time employment - Post-doctoral fellow, involvement in several projects (study of senescence of birds, study of spread of emergence of infectious diseases of  rodents), project coordinator (project BIOM, EHP-CZ02-OV-1-029-01-2014), Institute of Vertebrate Biology CAS, Research Facility Studenec.
  • 12/2014-10/2015: maternity leave.
  • 2014: Post doctoral fellow - NextGenProject (OPEC: CZ.1.07/2.3./20.0303) - IVB CAS, Research Facility Studenec.
  • 2011-2013: project manager  - project Provaz (OPEC: CZ.1.07/2.4.00/17.0138) - IVB CAS, Research Facility Studenec.

Participation in projects

Organization of workshops, seminars, student conferences, administration of project Connecting education and new approaches in zoological and ecological research and BIOM.

Organization of NGS conference in Nové hrady 2014



Fornůsková A., Bryja J., Vinkler M., Macholán M., Piálek J.: Contrasting patterns of polymorphism and selection in bacterial-sensing toll-like receptor 4 in two house mouse subspecies, Ecology and Evolution 4 (2014) 2931-2944.

Fornůsková A., Petit E.J., Bartonička T., Kaňuch P., Butet A., Řehák Z., Bryja J.: Strong matrilineal structure in common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) is associated with variability in echolocation calls, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113 (2014) 1115-1125.


Fornůsková A., Vinkler M., Pages M., Galan M., Jousselin E., Cerqueira F., Morand S., Charbonnel N., Bryja J., Cosson J.-F.: Contrasted evolutionary histories of two Toll-like receptors (Tlr4 and Tlr7) in wild rodents (MURINAE), BMC Evolutionary Biology 13 (2013) 194.


Hulva P., Fornůsková A., Chudárková A., Evin A., Allegrini B., Benda P., Bryja J.: Mechanisms of radiation in a bat group from the genus Pipistrellus inferred by phylogeography, demography and population genetics, Molecular Ecology 19 (2010) 5417-5431.

Kaňuch P., Fornůsková A., Bartonička T., Bryja J., Řehák Z.: Do two cryptic pipistrelle bat species differ in their autumn and winter roosting strategies within the range of sympatry?, Folia zoologica 59 (2010) 102-107.


Bryja J., Kaňuch P., Fornůsková A., Bartonička T., Řehák Z.: Low population genetic structuring of two cryptic bat species suggests their migratory behaviour in continental Europe, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96 (2009) 103-114.