Medical zoology

Research Goals

Due to environmental and socio-economic changes as well as growing interconnection of the world, infectious diseases are becoming an important challenge for human and veterinary medicine. Our main goal is thus interdisciplinary and complex research on human and veterinary pathogens with main emphasis on: discovery and scientific description of novel (emerging) pathogens, consideration the role of microbial pathogens and their vertebrate hosts in their natural ecosystems, co-evolution of pathogens with vertebrate reservoirs, risk assessment, determination of preventive and control measures with regard to suppression of emerging infectious diseases.

Issues addressed:

  • ecology of arthropod-borne pathogenic microorganisms (e.g., West Nile and tick-borne encephalitis flaviviruses, spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi, rickettsia Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and protozoan Babesia spp.) including risk assessment;
  • implementing ‘One health’ concept for studying emerging zoonoses;
  • white nose syndrome (geomycosis caused by newly described fungus Geomyces destructans) as an emerging threat for european bat population;
  • co-evolution of arena-, hanta- and herpesviruses with their reservoir hosts;
  • complex research on parasite-host relationship in african primates.

Running projects

Grant agency of the Czech Republic

International projects

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Ministry of Health

Finished projects