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Vyskot Boris

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born January 22, 1951 in Brno

  • Developmental biology, plant molecular and cell genetics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1969, Graduate, academic secondary school, Brno;
  • 1969-1974, Faculty of Natural Science (FS), J. E. Purkyně University (JEPU) (now Masaryk University (MU), Brno;
  • 1974, RNDr., FS, JEPU;
  • 1978, CSc., in biophysics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS);
  • 1995, Associate Professor of genetics, FS, MU;
  • 1999 DrSc., in biophysics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (AS CR);
  • 2001, Professor of molecular biology and genetics, FS MU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1974-1975, study stay, Institute of Experimental Botany, CSAS;
  • 1975-1978, postgraduate student; research fellow (1978-1992);
  • 1993-present, Head, Laboratory of Plant Developmental Genetics, Institute of Biophysics, CSAS;
  • 1992, sabbatical stay, Department of Biology, Université de Bordeaux II (9 months);
  • 1994-1995, study stay, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ann Arbor, Mich. (USA) (7 months);
  • 1998, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), visiting professor.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1992-present, member, Professional Councils for PhD Studies of Biology and Genetics (FS MU), Plant Physiology and Anatomy (Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague), and botany (FS, Palacký University (PU), Olomouc)
  • 1993-1995, Chairman, Genetics Subcommisison, Grant Agency of Czech Republic (GA CR) 1995-1997, Chairman, Commission of Agricultural Sciences, GA CR
  • 1998-2004, member, Accreditation Commission of Government of CR and chairman of its working group for biology and ecology
  • 2003-present, member, Scientific Council of PU;
  • 2003-present, member, DSc. Commissions for Plant Biology, Genomics, and Molecular Biology

Notable awards:

  • 1973, Special Award, CSAS (best student scientific work)
  • 1978, Award, journal Biologia Plantarum, Academia (for the best publication of the year)
  • 2002, Award for “exceptional“ work Lengerová-Vyskot (Protoplasma 2001) in
    The Scientist 16 (3), 34, Feb. 4, 2002
  • 2004, Award. First Class Medal, Ministry of Education (for the activities in the Accreditation Commission)
  • 2004, invited review on gender in plants, Trends in Genetics (vol. 20, No.9)

Selected publications:

  • J. Široký, J. Žlůvová, K. Říha, D. E. Shippen, B. Vyskot: Rearrangements of ribosomal DNA clusters in late generation telomerase-deficient Arabidopsis. Chromosoma 112, 116 (2003)
  • E. Kejnovský, J. Vrána, S. Matsunaga, P. Souček, J. Široký, J. Doležel, B. Vyskot: Localization of male-specifically expressed MROS genes of Silene latifolia by PCR on flow-sorted sex chromosomes and autosomes. Genetics 158, 1269 (2001)
  • B. Vyskot: The role of DNA methylation in plant reproductive development. In: Sex Determination in Plants (Ainsworth, C. C., Ed.), Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd. (ISBN 185996 042 1), pp. 101-120, Oxford 1999
  • B. Vyskot: Přehled vyvojové biologie a genetiky (Survey of Developmental Biology and Genetics). Textbook for doctoral study of the biomedical sciences, Institute of Molecular Genetics AS CR, ISBN 80-902588-1-6, 241 pp., Prague (1999)
  • B. Vyskot: Genetická podmíněnost fyziologických procesů (Genetic determination of physiological processes). In: Fyziologie rostlin (Plant Physiology) (Procházka S., et al., Eds.). University textbook, Academia Prague 1998. ISBN 80-200-0586-2. pp. 432-458
  • J. Bůžek, K. Říha, Široký, J. Greilhuber, B. Vyskot: Histone H4 underacetylation in plant facultative heterochromatin. Biol. Chem. 379, 1235 (1998)
  • B. Janoušek, J. Široký, B. Vyskot: Epigenetic control of sex expression in a dioecious plant, Melandrium album. Mol. Gen. Genet. 250, 483 (1996)
  • B. Vyskot, A. Araya, J. Veuskens, I. Negrutiu, A. Mouras: DNA methylation of sex chromosomes in a dioecious plant, Melandrium album. Mol. Gen. Genet. 239, 219 (1993)
  • B. Vyskot, Z. Karpfel, M. Bezděk: Hormonal control of 5-bromodeoxy-uridine tolerance in crown-gall tumors and habituated tissues. Planta 137, 247 (1977)
  • B. Vyskot, F. J. Novák: Experimental androgenesis in vitro in Nicotiana. Theor. Appl. Genet. 44, 138 (1974)

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.