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Foret František

M.Sc., PhD.
Born, August 29, 1957 in Brno

  • Bioanalytical instrumentation with focus on capillary separations, mass spectrometry coupling, microfluidics and nanotechnology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2011

Educational and professional preparation

  • M.Sc. (Ing.) in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1981.
  • Visiting researcher at Istituto di Cromatografia, CNRS, Rome, Italy, 1989
  • PhD. (candidate of sciences) in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1991. Thesis advisor: Prof. P. Boček
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1991–1992

Employment and academic positions

  • Staff Scientist, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1982–1991.
  • Research group leader, Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1993–2001.
  • Head of the Department of Bioanalytical Instrumentation - Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, 2001 – present.
  • Deputy Director for Science – Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, 2005 – present.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

Notable awards

  • Barnett Fund for Innovative Research, USA, 1994
  • John N. Hatsopoulos Scholar, USA, 1998
  • DCU International Visitors Programme Award, Dublin IE, 2007–2008
  • Visiting professor, Nanchang Hangkog University, China, 2007–2010

Selected publications

  • Liskova, M., Voracova, I., Kleparnik, K., Hezinova, V., Prikryl, J., Foret, F.
    Conjugation reactions in the preparationof quantum dot-based immunoluminescent probes for analysis of proteins by capillary electrophoresis. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2011, 400, 369-379.
  • Juskova P., Ostatna V., Palecek E., Foret, F. Fabrication and Characterization of Solid Mercury Amalgam Electrodes for Protein Analysis. Anal. Chem. 2010,82, 2690-2695.
  • Le Nel, A., Krenkova, J., Kleparnik, K., Smadja, C., Taverna, M., Viovy, J.-L., Foret, F. On-chip tryptic digest with direct coupling to ESI-MS using magnetic particles. Electrophoresis 2008, 29, 4944–4947.
  • Krenkova, J., Kleparnik, K., Foret, F. Capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry coupling withimmobilized enzyme electrospray capillaries. J. Chromatogr. A, 2007, 1159, 110-118.
  • Fanali, S., D’Orazio, G., Foret, F., Kleparnik, K., Aturki, Z. On-line capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry using pressurized liquid junction nanoflow electrospray interface and surface coated capillaries. Electrophoresis, 2006, 27, 4666-4673.
  • Grym, J., Otevřel, M., Foret, F. Aerodynamic mass spectrometry interfacing of microdevices without electrospray tips. Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 1306-1314.
  • Lazar, I.M., Grym, J., Foret, F. Microfabricated devices: a new sample introductionapproach to mass spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 2006, 25, 573– 594.
  • Křenková, J., Bílková, Z., Foret, F. Characterization of a monolithic immobilized trypsinmicroreactor with on-line coupling to ESI-MS. J. Sep. Sci. 2005, 28, 1675-1684.
  • Foret, F., Preisler, J. Liquid phase interfacing and miniaturization in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. Proteomics, 2002, 2, 360-372.
  • Foret, F., Zhou, H., Gangl, E., Karger, B.L. Subatmospheric electrospray interface for coupling of microcolumn separations with mass spectrometry. Electrophoresis, 2000, 21, 1363-1371.
  • Zhang, B.; Liu, H.; Karger, B. L.; Foret, F. Microfabricated devices for capillary electrophoresis-electrospray mass spectrometry.Anal. Chem., 1999, 71, 3258-3264.

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.