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Hof Martin

Prof., Dr. rer. nat., DSc.
Born September 21, 1962 in Friedberg (Germany)

  • Physical Chemistry, Fluorescence spectroscopy with focus on biological applications
  • Member of the Learned Society since 2011

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1987 "Diplom-Chemicker" at the “Universität Würzburg”; (“mit Auszeichnung”)
  • 1990 Dissertation in Physical Chemistry at the “Universität Würzburg (“mit Auszeichnung”)
  • 1999 Habilitation at the “Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy” of the “Universität Würzburg”.
  • 2006 Defense of the Doctor of Science (DSc.) thesis, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 2009 Professor for Physical Chemistry

Employment and academic positions

  • 1991-1993, "Postdoctoral Fellowship" at the "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)" and "University Würzburg"
  • 1993-1995, Charles University Prague (Physical Chemistry)
  • 1996, Visiting scientist at the University of Patras, Greece
  • 1997-1999, Research Fellow at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech R.
  • 1997-1999, Assistant Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • Senior Research Fellow at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • Lecturer and PhD adviser at the Faculties of Nature Sciences of the Charles University Prague and of the Palacky University Olomouc, at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech technical University in Prague, and at the Biological Faculty of the South Bohememia University in České Budějovice.
  • Head of the Department of Biophysical Chemistry, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • Coordinator of the Research Centre „Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy in Biosciences“
  • Vice-Director of the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • 2004-2006, Chairman of the Scientific Board of the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • Chairman of the Board of the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • Editor in Chief for Europe of Journal of Fluorescence
  • Series Editor of the “Springer Series on Fluorescence”

Notable awards

  • 1987-1989, “Chemiefonds-Stipendium für Doktoranden ( Fonds der Deutschen Chemischen Industrie)”
  • 1991 Dissertation awarded by the “Unterfraenkische Gedenkjahresstiftung” as an outstanding bavarian dissertation
  • 1991-1993, “Postdoc-Stipendium der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft”
  • 1993-1995, “Liebig-Stipendium” for Habilitation (Fonds der Deutschen Chemischen Industrie)
  • 1997-1999, “Habilitation Stipend” (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).
  • 2008 Award of the AS CR for exceptionally successful solution of program and grant projects
  • 2010 Karel Preis Prize for the best communication 2009
  • 2011 Praemium Academie Prize from the Czech Academy of Sciences

Selected publications

  • Beranová, L. - Cwiklik, L. - Jurkiewicz, P. - Hof, M. - Jungwirth, P. Oxidation Changes Physical Properties of Phospholipid Bilayers: Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Molecular Simulations. (2010), Langmuir 26, 6140 6144.
  • Huranova, M., - Ivani, I., - Benda, A., - Poser, I., - Brody, Y., - Hof, M., - Shav-Tal, Y., - Neugebauer, K., - Stanek D. The differential interaction of snRNPs with pre-mRNA reveals splicing kinetics in living cells. (2010), Journal of Cell Biology 191, 75-86.
  • Macháň, R. - Hof, M. Lipid diffusion in planar membranes investigated by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. (2010), Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes 1798, 1377-1391.
  • Jesenská, A. - Sýkora, J. - Olžyńska, A. - Brezovský, J. - Zdráhal, Z. - Damborský, J. - Hof, M. Nanosecond Time-Dependent Stokes Shift at the Tunnel Mouth of Haloalkane Dehalogenases. (2009), Journal of the American Chemical Society 131, 494-501.
  • Blanco-Rodríguez, A. M. - Busby, M. - Ronayne, K. L. - Towrie, M. - Grädinaru, C. - Sudhamsu, J. - Sýkora, J. - Hof, M. - Záliš, S. - Di Billio, A. J. - Crane, B. R. - Gray, H. B. - Vlček Jr., A. Relaxation Dynamics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ReI(CO)3(.alpha.-diimine)(HisX)+ (X = 83, 107, 109, 124, 126) CuII Azurins. (2009), Journal of the American Chemical Society 131, 11788-800.
  • Štefl, M. - Kulakowska-Zań, A. - Hof, M. Simultaneous Characterization of Lateral Lipid and Prothrombin Diffusion Coefficients by Z-Scan Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy. (2009), Biophysical Journal 97, L01 L04.
  • Humpolíčková, J. - Benda, A. - Sýkora, J. - Macháň, R. - Kral, T. - Gasinska, B. - Enderlain, J. - Hof, M. Equilibrium dynamics of spermine-induced plasmid DNA condensation revealed by fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy. (2008), Biophysical Journal 94, L17-L19.
  • Jurkiewicz, P., A. Olżyńska, M. Langner, M. Hof. Headgroup Hydration and Mobility of DOTAP/DOPC Bilayers: A Fluorescence Solvent Relaxation Study. (2006), Langmuir 22, 8741-8749.
  • M. Przybylo, J. Sýkora, J. Humpolíčková, A. Benda, A. Zan, M. Hof. The lipid diffusion in giant unilamellar vesicles is more than two times faster than in supported phospholipid bilayers under identical conditions. (2006), Langmuir 22, 9096-9099.
  • Humpoličková J., Gielen E., Benda A., Fagulova V., Vercammen J., Vandeven M., Hof M., Ameloot M., Engelborghs Y. Probing diffusion laws within cellular membranes by Z-scan fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. (2006), Biophysical Journal 91, L23-25.

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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.