doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Josef Bryja, Ph.D.

Position: head of the facility
Research topics: molecular ecology
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 601

Research interests

  • molecular ecology of vertebrates (interactions between neutral and adaptive genetic variation, immunogenetics, sexual selection, conservation genetics, immunogenetics),
  • ecology of mammals, especially rodents (sex ratio, population dynamics, structure of communities),
  • phylogeography, phylogeny and systematics of small mammals, especially in Africa.

Running Projects

Evolution at steep elevational gradients: assessing the role of genetic and ecological factors in speciation process (2018-2020)

Finished Projects

Biology of African mole-rats from mesic tropic areas (2008-2011)

BIOM: Vzdělávací centrum pro biodiverzitu – Mohelský mlýn (2015-2016)

Comparative phylogeography of Zambezian region in Southeastern Africa using small mammals as a model (2010-2014)

Conservation genetics of selected vertebrates in the Western Balkans (2008-2009)

Evoluce hlodavců a jejich parazitů v otevřených biotopech východní Afriky (2015-2017)

Genetic structure of the freshwater pearl mussel in the Czech Republic (2009-2010)

Intraspecific variability of populations of two cryptic bat species of genus Pipistrellus in Central Europe (2006-2008)

Next-generation technologies in evolutionary genetics (2012-2015)

PROVAZ: PROpojení Vzdělávání A nových přístupů v Zoologicko-ekologickém výzkumu - od teorie k praxi (2011-2014)

The role of MHC in sexual selection - observational and experimental study in three model vertebrate species (2006-2008)

Toll-like receptors in passerine birds: description, characterization of polymorphism and evolutionary consequences of allelic variation (2010-2014)

Utilization of genetic resources for effective corservation of endangered species (2010-2012)


  • 1992-1997: undergraduate study in Systematic Zoology and Ecology - Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Science. Diploma thesis: Structure of communities of small terrestrial mammals in various habitats of the Protected Landscape Area of Poodří. (MSc.=Mgr.).
  • 1993-1998: undergraduate study in Molecular Biology and Genetics - Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Science. Diploma thesis: Preparation of truncated variant of gene coding for RXR alpha and its transfer to monoblast cell line BM2. (MSc.=Mgr.).
  • 1997-2000: Ph.D. study in Zoology - Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Science. Ph.D. thesis: Demographic characteristics of the common vole (Microtus arvalis) population in southern Moravia. (PhD.).


Institute of Vertebrate Biology, ASCR, Brno (IVB):

  • 1997-1998: research assistant, Brno
  • 1998-2009: junior researcher, Department of Population Biology of IVB, Brno and Studenec (responsible for the running of the Laboratory of molecular genetics in Studenec)
  • 2010-present: senior researcher, head of the Research Facility of IVB in Studenec
  • 2011-present: scientific secretary of IVB
  • 2012-present: head of the IVB´s Board

Department of Zoology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno:

  • 2003-2009: research assistant (part-time)
  • 2009-present: Associate Professor (part-time), Lectures: Molecular ecology, Genetic methods in zoology, Advances in zoology of vertebrates, Evolutionary analyses), supervising of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

International experience

  • 2004-2006: postdoctoral fellow, Centre de Biologie et Gestion des Populations, Montferriez sur Lez, France (projects on wildlife immunogenetics).
  • short visits and invited lectures at research institutes in France, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Romania, etc.,
  • field expeditions in Africa (Senegal, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar).
  • 2009-2013: Member of the consortium ConGRESS (Conservation of Genetic Resources for Effective Species Survival), 7th Framework Programme of EC; 2012 - organization of two international workshops on conservation genetics (Slovakia, Hungary).

Selected current collaborations

  • University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic (R. Šumbera)
  • Centre de Biologie et Gestion des Populations, Montferrier sur Lez, France (M. Galan, N. Charbonnel, L. Granjon, J.M. Duplantier, G. Dobigny, C. Brouat, etc.)
  • Muséum national d´Histoire naturelle, Paris, France (V. Nicolas, C. Denys)
  • University of Antwerps, Belgium (H. Leirs)
  • Field Museum in Chicago, USA (J. Kerbis Peterhans, T. Demos, M. McDonough)
  • Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium (E. Verheyen).
  • Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania (R. Makundi, A. Massawe).
  • Mekelle University, Ethiopia (Y. Meheretu).
  • A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution RAS, Moscow, Russia (L. Lavrenchenko).

Actual Ph.D. students

  • Aghová Tatiana: Comparative phylogeography of the Somali-Maasai region in eastern Africa using selected rodent species as a model. (co-supervised with R. Šumbera)
  • Bartáková Veronika: The effects of non-native species on host-parasite relationships. (co-supervised with M. Reichard)
  • Králová Tereza: The effect of life histories on the variation of immune genes in passerines - a comparative approach. (co-supervised with T. Albrecht and M. Vinkler)
  • Mazoch Vladimír: Phylogeography of small mammals in the Zambezian savannahs. (co-supervised with R. Šumbera)
  • Těšíková Jana: Quantifying viral gene capture, and the host’s response, during passage across a species barrier: Murine cytomegalovirus in a house mouse hybrid zone. (co-supervised with J. Göuy de Bellocq)
  • Turbaková Barbora: Conservation genetics of European lynx in Central Europe. (supervisor)
  • Krásová Jarmila: Historical biogeography of mountain regions of Eastern Africa using small mammals as a model. (co-supervised with R. Šumbera)
  • Hánová Alexandra: Factors affecting population genetic structure of rodents in savannahs. (co-supervised with A. Konečný)

Former Ph.D. students

  • Čížková Dagmar, 2015: Major histocompatibility complex variation in the house mice hybrid zone. Masaryk University, Brno. (supervisor)
  • Wasimuddin, 2014: Genetic variation of selected pathogens in the house mouse hybrid zone. Masaryk University, Brno. (co-supervised with J.Gouy de Bellocq and J.Piálek)
  • Zemanová Barbora, 2014: Genetic structure of chamois populations in Central Europe. Masaryk University, Brno. (supervisor)
  • Fornůsková Alena, 2013: Genes of innate immunity and their significance in evolutionary ecology of free living rodents. Masaryk University and Université Montpellier II. (co-supervised with J.F. Cosson)
  • Patzenhauerová-Konvičková Hana, 2013: Bathyergid rodents of mesic tropical regions: Phylogeography, kinship structure and mating systems. Masaryk University, Brno. (supervisor)
  • Promerová Marta, 2011: Major histocompatibility complex genes: their variation and impact on fitness in a socially monogamous passerine. Masaryk University, Brno. (co-supervised with T.Albrecht)
  • Poláková Radka, 2011: The effect of genetic factors on reproductive success in a socially monogamous songbird. Masaryk University, Brno. (co-supervised with T.Albrecht).
  • Říčanová Štěpánka, 2011: Phylogeography and conservation genetics of the European ground squirrel. South Bohemian University, České Budějovice. (co-supervised with F.Sedláček)
  • Konečný Adam, 2009: Consequences of anthropogenic changes on rodent communities and populations: study cases on native and introduced species in Eastern Senegal. Masaryk University, Brno and Université Montpellier II. (co-supervised with J.M.Duplantier and J.F.Cosson)
  • Hájková Petra, 2008: Conservation genetics of the Eurasian otter. Masaryk University, Brno. (co-supervised with P.Jurajda)



Aghová T., Kimura Y., Bryja J., Dobigny G., Granjon L., Kergoat G. J.: Fossils know it best: Using a new set of fossil calibrations to improve the temporal phylogenetic framework of murid rodents (Rodentia: Muridae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 128 (2018) 98-111.

Bartáková V., Bryja J., Reichard M.: Fine-scale genetic structure of the European bitterling at the intersection of three major European watersheds, BMC Evolutionary Biology 18 (2018) .

Bryja J., Kostin D., Meheretu Y., Šumbera R., Bryjová A., Kasso M., Mikula O., Lavrenchenko L. A.: Reticulate Pleistocene evolution of Ethiopian rodent genus along remarkable altitudinal gradient, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 118 (2018) 75-87.

Bryja J., Konvičková H., Bryjová A., Mikula O., Makundi R., Chitaukali W. N., Šumbera R.: Differentiation underground: range-wide multilocus genetic structure of the silvery mole-rat does not support current taxonomy based on mitochondrial sequences, Mammalian Biology 93 (2018) 82-92.

Konečný A., Popa O., Bartáková V., Douda K., Bryja J., Smith C., Popa L. O., Reichard M.: Modelling the invasion history of Sinanodonta woodianain Europe: tracking the routes of a sedentary aquatic invader with mobile parasitic larvae, Evolutionary Applications (2018) .

Kostin D. S., Kasso M., Komarova V. A., Martynov A. A., Gromov A. R., Alexandrov D. Y., Bekele A., Zewdie C., Bryja J., Lavrenchenko L. A.: Taxonomic and genetic diversity of rodents from the Arsi Mountains (Ethiopia), Mammalia (2018) .

Králová T., Albrecht T., Bryja J., Hořák D., Johnsen A., Lifjeld J. T., Novotný M., Sedláček O., Velová H., Vinkler M.: Signatures of diversifying selection and convergence acting on passerine Tolllike receptor 4 in an evolutionary context, Molecular Ecology 27 (2018) 2871-2883.

Krásová J., Mikula O., Mazoch V., Bryja J., Říčan O., Šumbera R.: Evolution of the Grey-bellied pygmy mouse group: highly structured molecular diversity with predictable geographic ranges but morphological crypsis, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2018) .

Mazoch V., Mikula O., Bryja J., Konvičková H., Russo I.-R., Verheyen E., Šumbera R.: Phylogeography of a widespread sub-Saharan murid rodent Aethomys chrysophilus: the role of geographic barriers and paleoclimate in the Zambezian bioregion, Mammalia 82 (2018) 373-387.

Petružela J., Šumbera R., Aghová T., Bryjová A., Katakweba A. S., Sabuni C. A., Chitaukali W. N., Bryja J.: Spiny mice of the Zambezian bioregion – phylogeny, biogeography and ecological differentiation within the Acomys spinosissimus complex, Mammalian Biology 91 (2018) 79-90.

Sabuni C., Aghová T., Bryjová A., Šumbera R., Bryja J.: Biogeographic implications of small mammals from Northern Highlands in Tanzania with first data from the volcanic Mount Kitumbeine, Mammalia 82 (2018) 360-372.

Šumbera R., Krásová J., Lavrenchenko L. A., Mengistu S., Bekele A., Mikula O., Bryja J.: Ethiopian highlands as a cradle of the African fossorial root-rats (genus Tachyoryctes), the genetic evidence, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 126 (2018) 105-115.


Aghová T., Šumbera R., Piálek L., Mikula O., McDonough M. M., Lavrenchenko L. A., Meheretu Y., Mbau J. S., Bryja J.: Multilocus phylogeny of East African gerbils (Rodentia, Gerbilliscus) illuminates the history of the Somali-Masai savanna, Journal of Biogeography 44 (2017) 2295-2307.

Bryja J., Šumbera R., Kerbis Peterhans J. C., Aghová T., Bryjová A., Mikula O., Nicolas V., Denys C., Verheyen E.: Evolutionary history of the thicket rats (genus Grammomys) mirrors the evolution of African forests since late Miocene, Journal of Biogeography 44 (2017) 182-194.

Horníček J., Menclová P., Popelková A., Rymešová D., Zárybnická M., Bryja J., Svobodová J.: Microsatellite analysis detects low rate of extra-pair paternity in Tengmalm’s owl, Aegolius funereus, Folia zoologica 66 (2017) 22-28.

Janáč M., Bryja J., Ondračková M., Mendel J., Jurajda P.: Genetic structure of three invasive gobiid species along the Danube-Rhine invasion corridor: similar distributions, different histories, Aquatic Invasions 12 (2017) 551-564.

Lavrenchenko L. A., Nadjafova R. S., Bekele A., Mironova T. A., Bryja J.: Phylogenetic position of a monotypic Ethiopian endemic rodent genus Megadendromus (Rodentia, Nesomyidae), Mammalia 81 (2017) 71-82.

Rymešová D., Králová T., Promerová M., Bryja J., Tomášek O., Svobodová J., Šmilauer P., Šálek M., Albrecht T.: Mate choice for major histocompatibility complex complementarity in a strictly monogamous bird, the grey partridge (Perdix perdix), Frontiers in Zoology 14 (2017) .

Těšíková J., Bryjová A., Bryja J., Lavrenchenko L. A., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Hantavirus strains in East Africa related to Western African hantaviruses, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 17 (2017) 278-280.


Goüy de Bellocq J., Těšíková J., Meheretu Y., Čížková D., Bryjová A., Leirs H., Bryja J.: Complete genome characterisation and phylogenetic position of Tigray hantavirus from the Ethiopian white-footed mouse, Stenocephalemys albipes, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2016) 242-245.

Mikula O., Šumbera R., Aghová T., Mbau J. S., Katakweba A. S., Sabuni C. A., Bryja J.: Evolutionary history and species diversity of African pouched mice (Rodentia: Nesomyidae: Saccostomus), Zoologica Scripta 45 (2016) 595-617.

Wasimuddin W., Bryja J., Ribas A., Baird Stuart J. E., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Testing parasite "intimacy": the whipworm Trichuris muris in the European house mouse hybrid zone, Ecology and Evolution 6 (2016) 2688-2701.


Bartáková V., Reichard M., Blažek R., Polačik M., Bryja J.: Terrestrial fishes: rivers are barriers to gene flow in annual fishes from the African savanna, Journal of Biogeography 42 (2015) 1832-1844.

Jacquet F., Denys C., Verheyen E., Bryja J., Hutterer R., Kerbis Peterhans J. C., Stanley W. T., Goodman S. M., Couloux A., Colyn M., Nicolas V.: Phylogeography and evolutionary history of the Crocidura olivieri complex (Mammalia, Soricomorpha): from a forest origin to broad ecological expansion across Africa, BMC Evolutionary Biology 15 (2015) 71.

Jánová E., Bryja J., Čižmár D., Čepelka L., Heroldová M.: A new method for assessing food quality in common vole (Microtus arvalis) populations, European Journal of Wildlife Research 61 (2015) 57-62.

Kaňuch P., Aghová T., Meheretu Y., Šumbera R., Bryja J.: New discoveries on the ecology and echolocation of the heart-nosed bat Cardioderma cor with a contribution to the phylogeny of Megadermatidae, African Zoology 50 (2015) 53-57.

McDonough M. M., Šumbera R., Mazoch V., Ferguson A. W., Phillips C. D., Bryja J.: Multilocus phylogeography of a widespread savanna-woodland adapted rodent reveals the influence of Pleistocene geomorphology and climate change in Africa's Zambezi region, Molecular Ecology 24 (2015) 5248-5266.

Meheretu Y., Šumbera R., Bryja J.: Enigmatic Ethiopian endemic rodent Muriculus imberbis (Rüppell 1842) represents a separate lineage within genus Mus, Mammalia 79 (2015) 15-23.

Popa O. P., Bartáková V., Bryja J., Reichard M., Popa L. O.: Characterization of nine microsatellite markers and development of multiplex PCRs for the Chinese huge musel Anodonta (Sinanodonta) woodiana Lea, 1834 (Mollusca, Bivalvia), Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 60 (2015) 234-237.

Vinkler M., Bainová H., Bryjová A., Tomášek O., Albrecht T., Bryja J.: Characterisation of Toll-like receptors 4, 5 and 7 and their genetic variation in the grey partridge, Genetica 143 (2015) 101-112.

Winternitz J., Promerová M., Poláková R., Vinkler M., Schnitzer J., Munclinger P., Babik W., Radwan J., Bryja J., Albrecht T.: Effects of heterozygosity and MHC diversity on patterns of extra-pair paternity in the socially monogamous scarlet rosefinch, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69 (2015) 459-469.

Zemanová B., Hájková P., Hájek B., Martínková N., Mikulíček P., Zima J., Bryja J.: Extremely low genetic variation in endangered Tatra chamois and evidence for hybridization with an introduced Alpine population, Conservation Genetics 16 (2015) 729-741.


Bainová H., Králová T., Bryjová A., Albrecht T., Bryja J., Vinkler M.: First evidence of independent pseudogenization of Toll-like receptor 5 in passerine birds, Developmental and Comparative Immunology 45 (2014) 151-155.

Bryja J., Mikula O., Patzenhauerová H., Oguge N. O., Šumbera R., Verheyen E.: The role of dispersal and vicariance in the Pleistocene history of an East African mountain rodent, Praomys delectorum, Journal of Biogeography 41 (2014) 196-208.

Bryja J., Mikula O., Šumbera R., Meheretu Y., Aghová T., Lavrenchenko L. A., Mazoch V., Oguge N., Mbau J. S., Welegerima K., Amundala N., Colyn M., Leirs H., Verheyen E.: Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa, BMC Evolutionary Biology 14 (2014) 256.

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.

Vinkler M., Bainová H., Bryja J.: Protein evolution of Toll-like receptors 4, 5 and 7 within Galloanserae birds, Genetics Selection Evolution 46 (2014) 72.


Bartáková V., Reichard M., Janko K., Polačik M., Blažek R., Reichwald K., Cellerino A., Bryja J.: Strong population genetic structuring in an annual fish, Nothobranchius furzeri, suggests multiple savannah refugia in southern Mozambique, BMC Evolutionary Biology 13 (2013) 196.

Buzan E. V., Bryja J., Zemanová B., Kryštufek B.: Population genetics of chamois in the contact zone between the Alps and the Dinaric Mountains: uncovering the role of habitat fragmentation and past management, Conservation Genetics 14 (2013) 401-412.

Ćosić N., Říčanová Š., Bryja J., Penezić A., Ćirović D.: Do rivers and human-induced habitat fragmentation affect genetic diversity and population structure of the European ground squirrel at the edge of its Pannonian range?, Conservation Genetics 14 (2013) 345-354.

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.

Hoban S., Gaggiotti O., Bertorelle G., Arntzen P., Bryja J., Fernandes M., Frith K., Galbusera P., Godoy J. A., Hauffe H. C., Hoelzel R., Nichols R., Perez-Espona S., Primmer C., Russo I.-R. M., Segelbacher G., Siegismund H. R., Sihvonen M., Sjoegren-Gulve P., Vernesi C., Vila C., Bruford M. W.: Sample Planning Optimization Tool for conservation and population Genetics (SPOTG): a software for choosing the appropriate number of markers and samples, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (2013) 299-303.

Hoban S. M., Arntzen J. W., Bertorelle G., Bryja J., Fernandes M., Frith K., Gaggiotti O. E., Galbusera P., Godoy J. A., Hauffe H. C., Hoelzel A. R., Nichols R. A., Pérez-Espona S., Primmer C. R., Russo I.-R., Segelbacher G., Siegismund H. R., Sihvonen M., Sjögren-Gulve P., Vernesi C., Vila C., Bruford M. W.: Conservation Genetic Resources for Effective Species Survival (ConGRESS): Bridging the divide between conservation research and practice, Journal for Nature Conservation 21 (2013) 433-437.

Hoban S. M., Hauffe H. C., Pérez-Espona S., Arntzen J. W., Bertorelle G., Bryja J., Frith K., Gaggiotti O. E., Galbusera P., Godoy J. A., Hoelzel A. R., Nichols R. A., Primmer C. R., Russo I.-R., Segelbacher G., Siegismund H. R., Sihvonen M., Vernesi C., Vila C., Bruford M. W.: Bringing genetic diversity to the forefront of conservation policy and management, Conservation genetics resources 5 (2013) 593-598.

Konečný A., Estoup A., Duplantier J.-M., Bryja J., Ba K., Galan M., Tatard C., Cosson J.-F.: Invasion genetics of the introduced black rat (Rattus rattus) in Senegal, West Africa, Molecular Ecology 22 (2013) 286-300.

Patzenhauerová H., Šklíba J., Bryja J., Šumbera R.: Parentage analysis of Ansell’s mole-rat family groups indicates a high reproductive skew despite relatively relaxed ecological constraints on dispersal, Molecular Ecology 22 (2013) 4988-5000.

Promerová M., Králová T., Bryjová A., Albrecht T., Bryja J.: MHC class IIB Exon 2 Polymorphism in the Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is shaped by selection, recombination and gene conversion, PLoS ONE 8 (2013) .

Říčanová Š., Koshev Y., Říčan O., Ćosić N., Ćirović D., Sedláček F., Bryja J.: Multilocus phylogeography of the European ground squirrel: cryptic interglacial refugia of continental climate in Europe, Molecular Ecology 22 (2013) 4256-4269.


Bryja J., Mazoch V., Patzenhauerová H., Mateke C., Zima Jr. J., Šklíba J., Šumbera R.: Revised occurrence of rodents from the tribe Praomyini (Muridae) in Zambia based on mitochondrial DNA analyses: implications for biogeography and conservation, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 268-283.

Heroldová M., Bryja J., Jánová E., Suchomel J., Homolka M.: Rodent damage to natural and replanted mountain forest regeneration, Scientific World Journal 2012 (2012) 872536.

Malé P.-J, G., Martin J.-F., Galan M., Deffontaine V., Bryja J., Cosson J.-F., Michaux J., Charbonnel N.: Discongruence of Mhc and cytochrome b phylogeographical patterns in Myodes glareolus (Rodentia: Cricetidae), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105 (2012) 881-899.

Meheretu Y., Čížková D., Těšíková J., Welegerima K., Tomas Z., Kidane D., Girmay K., Schmidt-Chanasit J., Bryja J., Günther S., Bryjová A., Leirs H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: High diversity of RNA viruses in rodents, Ethiopia, Emerging Infectious Diseases 18 (2012) 2047-2050.

Poláková R., Schnitzer J., Vinkler M., Bryja J., Munclinger P., Albrecht T.: Effect of extra-pair paternity and parental quality on brood sex ratio in the scarlet rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 225-232.

Promerová M., Babik W., Bryja J., Albrecht T., Stuglik M., Radwan J.: Evaluation of two approaches to genotyping major histocompatibility complex class I in a passerine—CE-SSCP and 454 pyrosequencing, Molecular Ecology Resources 12 (2012) 285-292.

Reichard M., Spence R., Bryjová A., Bryja J., Smith C.: Female rose bitterling prefer MHC-dissimilar males: experimental evidence, PLoS ONE 7 (2012) .

Seifertová M., Bryja J., Vyskočilová M., Martínková N., Šimková A.: Multiple Pleistocene refugia and postglacial colonization in the European chub (Squalius cephalus) revealed by combined use of nuclear and mitochondrial markers, Journal of Biogeography 39 (2012) 1024-1040.

Šumbera R., Mazoch V., Patzenhauerová H., Lövy M., Šklíba J., Bryja J., Burda H.: Burrow architecture, family composition and habitat characteristics of the largest social African mole-rat: the giant mole-rat constructs really giant burrow systems, Acta Theriologica 57 (2012) 121-130.

Wasimuddin W., Čížková D., Bryja J., Albrechtová J., Hauffe H. C., Piálek J.: High prevalence and species diversity of Helicobacter spp. detected in wild house mice, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78 (2012) 8158-8160.

Wasimuddin W., Čížková D., Ribas A., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J., Bryja J.: Development and characterization of multiplex panels of microsatellite markers for Syphacia obvelata, a parasite of the house mouse (Mus musculus), using a high throughput DNA sequencing approach, Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 185 (2012) 154-156.


Čížková D., Goüy de Bellocq J., Baird S. J. E., Piálek J., Bryja J.: Genetic structure and contrasting selection pattern at two major histocompatibility complex genes in wild house mouse populations, Heredity 106 (2011) 727-740.

Demontis D., Czarnomska S. D., Hájková P., Zemanová B., Bryja J., Loeschcke V., Pertoldi C.: Characterization of 151 SNPs for population structure analysis of the endangered Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) and its relative, the Alpine chamois (R. r. rupicapra), Mammalian Biology 76 (2011) 644-645.

Jánová E., Heroldová M., Konečný A., Bryja J.: Traditional and diversified crops in South Moravia (Czech Republic): Habitat preferences of common vole and mice species, Mammalian Biology 76 (2011) 570-576.

Procházka P., Stokke B. G., Jensen H., Fainová D., Bellinvia E., Fossoy F., Vikan J. R., Bryja J., Soler M.: Low genetic differentiation among reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus populations across Europe, Journal of avian biology 42 (2011) 103-113.

Promerová M., Vinkler M., Bryja J., Poláková R., Schnitzer J., Munclinger P., Albrecht T.: Occurrence of extra-pair paternity is connected to social male’s MHC-variability in the scarlet rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus, Journal of avian biology 42 (2011) 5-10.

Reichard M., Bryja J., Polačik M., Smith C.: No evidence for host specialization or host-race formation in the European bitterling (Rhodeus amarus), a fish that parasitizes freshwater mussels, Molecular Ecology 20 (2011) 3631-3643.

Říčanová Š., Bryja J., Cosson J.-F., Gedeon C., Choleva L., Ambros M., Sedláček F.: Depleted genetic variation of the European ground squirrel in Central Europe in both microsatellites and the major histocompatibility complex gene: implications for conservation, Conservation Genetics 12 (2011) 1115-1129.

Zemanová B., Hájková P., Bryja J., Zima Jr. J., Hájková A., Zima J.: Development of multiplex microsatellite sets for noninvasive population genetic study of the endangered Tatra chamois, Folia zoologica 60 (2011) 70-80.


Agbali M., Reichard M., Bryjová A., Bryja J., Smith C.: Mate choice for nonadditive genetic benefits correlate with MHC dissimilarity in the rose bitterling (Rhodeus ocellatus), Evolution 64 (2010) 1683-1696.

Bartonička T., Kaňuch P., Bímová B., Bryja J.: Olfactory discrimination between two cryptic species of bats Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P. pygmaeus, Folia zoologica 59 (2010) 175-182.

Bryja J., Smith C., Konečný A., Reichard M.: Range-wide population genetic structure of the European bitterling (Rhodeus amarus) based on microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA analysis, Molecular Ecology 19 (2010) 4708-4722.

Bryja J., Granjon L., Dobigny G., Patzenhauerová H., Konečný A., Duplantier J.-M., Gauthier P., Colyn M., Durnez L., Lalis A., Nicolas V.: Plio-Pleistocene history of West African Sudanian savanna and the phylogeography of the Praomys daltoni complex (Rodentia): the environment/geography/genetic interplay, Molecular Ecology 19 (2010) 4783-4799.

Bryja J., Uhrin M., Kaňuch P., Bémová P., Martínková N., Zukal J.: Mitochondrial DNA confirms low genetic variation of the greater mouse-eared bats, Myotis myotis, in Central Europe, Acta Chiropterologica 12 (2010) 73-81.

Bužan E. V., Kryštufek B., Bryja J.: Microsatellite markers confirm extensive population fragmentation of the endangered Balkan palaeoendemic Martino’s vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi), Conservation Genetics 11 (2010) 1783-1794.

Heroldová M., Pejčoch M., Bryja J., Jánová E., Suchomel J., Tkadlec E.: Tula virus in populations of small terrestrial mammals in a rural landscape, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 10 (2010) 599-603.

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.

Charbonnel N., Bryja J., Galan M., Deter J., Tollenaere C., Chaval Y., Morand S., Cosson J.-F.: Negative relationships between cellular immune response, Mhc class II heterozygosity and secondary sexual trait in the montane water vole, Evolutionary Applications 3 (2010) 279-290.

Jánová E., Nesvadbová J., Heroldová M., Bryja J.: Effectiveness of two trapping protocols for studying the demography of common voles, Hystrix 21 (2010) 189-193.

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.

Konečný A., Koubek P., Bryja J.: Indications of higher diversity and abundance of small rodents in human-influenced Sudanian savannah than in the Niokolo Koba National Park (Senegal), African Journal of Ecology 48 (2010) 718-726.

Patzenhauerová H., Bryja J., Šumbera R.: Kinship structure and mating system in a solitary subterranean rodent, the silvery mole-rat, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64 (2010) 757-767.


Albrecht T., Vinkler M., Schnitzer J., Poláková R., Munclinger P., Bryja J.: Extra-pair fertilizations contribute to selection on secondary male ornamentation in a socially monogamous passerine, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22 (2009) 2020-2030.

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.

Clift L. E., Andrlíková P., Frolíková M., Stopka P., Bryja J., Flanagan B. F., Johnson P. M., Dvořáková-Hortová K.: Absence of spermatozoal CD46 protein expression and associated rapid acrosome reaction rate in striped field mice (Apodemus agrarius), Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 7 (2009) 1-9.

Kryštufek B., Bryja J., Bužan E. V.: Mitochondrial phylogeography of the European ground squirrel, Spermophilus citellus, yields evidence on refugia for steppic taxa in the southern Balkans, Heredity 103 (2009) 129-135.

Promerová M., Albrecht T., Bryja J.: Extremely high MHC class I variation in a population of a long-distance migrant, the Scarlet Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), Immunogenetics 61 (2009) 451-461.

Reichard M., Ondračková M., Bryjová A., Smith C., Bryja J.: Breeding resource distribution affects selection gradients on male phenotypic traits: experimental study on lifetime reproductive success in the bitterling fish (Rhodeus amarus), Evolution 63 (2009) 377-390.

Vinkler M., Bryjová A., Albrecht T., Bryja J.: Identification of the first toll-like receptor gene in passerine birds: TLR4 orthologue in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Tissue Antigens 74 (2009) 32-41.


Bryja J., Patzenhauerová H., Albrecht T., Mošanský L., Stanko M., Stopka P.: Varying levels of female promiscuity in four Apodemus mice species, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63 (2008) 251-260.

Deter J., Bryja J., Chaval Y., Galan M., Henttonen H., Laakkonen J., Voutilainen L., Vapalahti O., Vaheri A., Salvador A. R., Morand S., Cosson J.-F., Charbonnel N.: Association between the DQA MHC class II gene and Puumala virus infection in Myodes glareolus, the bank vole, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2008) 450-458.

Heroldová M., Tkadlec E., Bryja J., Zejda J.: Wheat or barley? Feeding preferences affect distribution of three rodent species in agricultural landscape, Applied Animal Behaviour Science 110 (2008) 354-362.

Jánová E., Heroldová M., Bryja J.: Conspicuous demographic and individual changes in a population of the common vole in a set-aside alfalfa field, Annales Zoologici Fennici 45 (2008) 39-54.

Nicolas V., Bryja J., Akpatou B., Konečný A., Lecompte E., Colyn M., Lalis A., Couloux A., Denys C., Granjon L.: Comparative phylogeography of two sibling species of forest-dwelling rodent (Praomys rostratus and P. tullbergi) in West Africa: different reactions to past forest fragmentation, Molecular Ecology 17 (2008) 5118-5134.

Reichard M., Smith C., Bryja J.: Seasonal change in the opportunity for sexual selection, Molecular Ecology 17 (2008) 642-651.

Řehák Z., Bartonička T., Bryja J., Gaisler J.: New records of the Alcathoe bat, Myotis alcathoe in Moravia (Czech Republic), Folia zoologica 57 (2008) 465-469.

Tollenaere C., Bryja J., Galan M., Cadet P., Deter J., Chaval Y., Berthier K., Ribas Salvador A., Voutilainen L., Laakkonen J., Henttonen H., Cosson J.-F., Charbonnel N.: Multiple parasites mediate balancing selection at two MHC class II genes in the fossorial water vole: insights from multivariate analyses and population genetics, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21 (2008) 1307-1320.

Tóthová A., Knoz J., Sonnek R., Bryja J., Vaňhara J.: Taxonomic problems in the subgenus Meloehelea Wirth of the genus Atrichopogon Kieffer (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) inferred from both morphological and molecular characters, Entomologica Fennica 19 (2008) 1-12.