We are a young group of researchers and students at University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic. Using computers and supercomputers, we study how proteins are born on ribosomes. We like python and GROMACS.
Michal H. Kolář – group leader
Michal is a theoretical biophysicist based in Prague, Czech Republic. His expertise ranges from high-level quantum chemistry to large-scale simulations of biomolecules. Currently his group studies protein synthesis on ribosomes, while keeping some older topics about small molecules still alive.
Michal is enthusiastic about science but somewhat tends to downshifting. Every summer, he spends two wonderful weeks co-organizing Běstvina summer school for gifted teenagers. Michal likes traveling by train and dislike tomatoes.
- since 2023
- associate professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
- assistant professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
- since 2018
- guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
- postdoc with Helmut Grubmüller at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
- postdoc with Paolo Carloni in Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
- guest researcher at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
- MSc and PhD student with Pavel Hobza at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
- visiting researcher with Alberto Podjarny at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Illkirch, France (5 weeks)
- visiting researcher with Marcus Elstner at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (3 months)
- visiting researcher with Agnieszka Bronowska at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (3 weeks)
- visiting researcher with Pavel Hobza at Pohang University of Science and Technology (3 months)
- visiting researcher with Pavel Hobza at Pohang Pohang University of Science and Technology (3 months)
- Ph.D. in molecular modeling from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- MSc. in molecular modeling from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- BSc. in chemistry from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship
- Jean-Marie Lehn award in Chemistry by Sanofi and French Embassy in Prague
- Czech Learned Society award for pedagogues
- fellowship of the Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences, Heidelberg
Please visit Google Scholar account. Google tries hard to keep it up-to-date. Apart from publications in peer-reviewed journals, Michal is active in science popularization (Vesmír). All of his articles are also summarized on a dedicated page.
Josef Cikhart (aka Joe)
Joe has a background in molecular biology from the Faculty of food and biochemical technology, UCT Prague. Then he switched to physical chemistry and defended his thesis on molecular dynamics simulation of peptides in non-aqueous solvents. Started his doctoral studies in 2023, he focuses on computer simulations of organellar ribosomes and similar specialities.
Michaela studied molecular biology in Bratislava, Slovakia. She obtained MSc from the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She worked at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CAS, where she discovered the beauty of computational chemistry. In her diploma thesis, Michaela studied insulin-receptor binding by means of molecular dynamics simulations. She's a dog lover and enjoys books, podcasts and hiking.
Hugo studied chemistry and data engineering. After completing his diploma thesis about the use of classification algorithms to study allostery, he enrolled the Molecular physics doctoral program at UCT Prague. He deals with machine learning and protein synthesis. Hugo likes reading dystopian books and listening to vinyls. He's arguably the biggest movie expert in the group.
Felipe C. Nepomuceno
Felipe studied cellular and molecular biology with the specialization in bioinfromatics at UFRGS Porto Alegre in Brazil. In his diploma thesis, he developed intramolecular potentials of sacharides. Motivated by questions about protein synthesis on ribosomes, he develops simulation workflows to study peptides under confinement.
- Petr Chalupský
- Aneta Hrádková
- Rudolf Kvasňovský
- Tomáš Kuzma
- Petr Linhart
- Martin Mašek
- Arian Adam Ott
- Jakub Žváček
- Jiří Kubíček
- Aneta Leskourová
- Lucie Havránková (high-school intern working on SOČ)
- Jan Kejla
- Jan Michna
- Daniel Otta (high-school intern)
- Ondřej Strnad
- Tereza Svatoňová
- Iva Švecová