My work is focused on the developmental and genetic aspects of face formation. I am interested in the conserved, yet plastic mechanisms underlying the formation of facial cartilages and bones and how an immense spectrum of facial shapes in the animal kingdom evolved. I am currently moving on the border of developmental biology, molecular biology and neuroscience and tackle long-standing questions concerning the skull formation. I concentrate on the link between the development of the nervous system and chondrocranium in various species and aiming to create a spatiotemporal map of signals and their sources that instruct the formation of the complexly shaped skull.
About me: I studied the bachelor and master program “Molecular Biology and Genetics” at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). For my PhD education, I was delighted to join the newly formed laboratory of Prof. Vitezslav Bryja at the Institute of Experimental Biology (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), where I started exciting and novel project on the role of non-canonical WNT signaling in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. During my PhD, I spent almost one year in the laboratory of Prof. Gunnar Schulte at the department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), where I broadened my knowledge of molecular signaling and cell behavior. For my postdoctoral education, I had the pleasure and honor to work in the laboratory of Prof. Igor Adameyko at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Medical University in Vienna. In these years I gained a substantial knowledge of developmental processes, utilized state-of-the-art methods, participated in numerous fruitful collaborations and groundbreaking science.
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