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.
- 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.