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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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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.