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Klein Jan

Ph.D., Prof.Dr.

  • Immunologist
  • Member of Learned Society CR since 1996

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 2004-present, Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Visiting Professor of Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park;
  • 2004, Adjunct Professor of Biology, Penn State University;
  • 1977-2004, Retired, Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie, Tübingen, Germany;
  • 1978, Honorary Professor, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany;
  • 1986-1998, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida;
  • 1975-1978, Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas;
  • 1974-1975, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas;
  • 1973-1974 Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, Michigan;
  • 1969-1973, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan;
  • 1968-1969, Research Associate, Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan;
  • 1968, Research Associate, Department of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California;
  • 1966-1968, Junior Scientist, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Experimental Biology and Genetics, Prague;
  • 1965-1968, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California;
  • 1961-1964, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Experimental Biology and Genetics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague;
  • 1958-1961, Teacher, Neruda High School, Prague
Visiting professorships, lectureships:
  • 1979, Elisabeth Goldschmid Memorial Lecture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1984, Welcome Foundation Visiting Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
  • 1985, Fifth Maude L. Menten Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • 1985, Culpepper Lecturer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1985, Visiting Professor, College de France, Paris, France
  • 1986, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, Visiting Professor of Oncology, University of Southern California Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California
  • 1986, McLaughlin Visiting Professor, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • 1985-1990, ICP Institute Scientific Council, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986, J.F. Heremans Memorial Lecturer, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Brussels, Belgium

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1987, National Advisory Council of Immunology, National Institutes of Health
  • 1982-present, Member, European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1986-present, Member, The American Association of Immunologists, Honorary 
  • 1979-present, Honorary Member, Scandinavian Society of Immunology 
  • 1980-present, Honorary Member, French Society of Immunology
  • 1987, Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science.
  • The Transplantation Society, Councilor (1981-1987).
Member, Editorial Boards:
  • 1977-1991, European Journal of Immunology 
  • 1977-1983, Developmental and Comparative Immunology
  • 1977-1981, Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • 1989-present, Folia Biologica (Prague) 
  • 1974-1975, Journal of Immunology
  • 1981-1990, Journal of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology 
  • 1983-1996, Immunological Reviews 
  • 1983-1987, Cell 
  • 1983-1997, Journal of Immunology and Immunopharmacology
  • 1985-1990, Mouse Newsletter 
  • 1987, Critical Reviews in Immunology
  • 1974-1976, Transplantation
  • 1982-present, Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 
  • 1984-1991, International Reviews of Immunology
  • 1984-1990, Bioscience Research Reports, Immunology Series
  • 1989-1991, The EMBO Journal
  • 1988-1995, Cambridge Studies in Evolutionary Biology
  • 1989-1995, Associate Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution
  • 1990-1993, Editor-in-Chief, Mammalian Genome
  • 1974-1997, Editor-in-Chief, Immunogenetics
  • 1997-1998, Honorary Editor, Immunogenetics

Notable awards:

  • 1981, Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize in Immunology and Cancer Research, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
  • 1985, Francois 1er Fonde le College de France Medal 
  • 1986, James W. McLaughlin Medal
  • 1990, Glaxo Prize for Medical Writing
  • 1994, Jan Evangelista Purkyně Medal, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague 
  • Gregor Mendel Medal, Museum Moraviae at Brno 

Selected publications:

  • Klein, J. and Takahata, N. Where Do We Come From? Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg 2002
  • Klein, J. and Horejsi, V. Immunology. 2nd edn. Blackwell Science, Oxford 1997
  • Klein, J. Natural History of the Major Histocompatibility Complex. Wiley, New York 1986
  • Klein, J. Biology of the Mouse Histocompatibility-2 Complex. Principles of Immunogenetics Applied to a Single System. Springer-Verlag, New York 1975.
  • Klein, J. and Sato, A. The HLA system. Part I. New Eng J Med 343: 702-709, 2000
  • Klein, J. and Sato, A. The HLA system. Part II. New Eng J Med 343: 782-786, 2000
  • Klein, J. and Sato, A. Birth of the major histocompatibility complex. Scand J Immunol 47: 199-209, 1998
  • Klein, J., Gutknecht, J., and Fischer, N. The major histocompatibility complex and human evolution. Trends Genet 6: 7-11, 1990
  • Klein, J. Origin of major histocompatibility complex polymorphism: The trans-species hypothesis. Hum Immunol 19: 155-162, 1987.
  • Klein, J., Juretic, A., Baxevanis, C.N., and Nagy, Z.A. The traditional and the new version of the mouse H-2 complex. Nature 291: 455-460, 1981
  • Klein, J. The major histocompatibility complex of the mouse. Science 203: 516-521, 1979

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