Team

Project team

iBodies Project Leader
Tomas Knedlik, MSc
Tomas Knedlik, MSc
iBodies Project Leader
Tomas is currently a PhD student in the group of Jan Konvalinka at the IOCB Prague, CZ. His PhD thesis focuses on polymer conjugates and their application in biochemistry as antibody mimetics. Together with Pavel Sacha, Tomas is the mind behind the iBodies project. Tom holds MSc degree in Biochemistry from the Charles University in Prague, CZ.
Research & Administrative Assistant
Jana Beranova, MSc
Jana Beranova, MSc
Research & Administrative Assistant
Jana joined the iBodies team as a research assistant in 2016. She is responsible for further development, characterization and optimization of iBodies. She also collaborates with the technology transfer office (IOCB TTO), providing project management support. Jana earned her joined MSc degree in Biological Chemistry at the Johannes Kepler University in Austrian Linz and at the Southern Bohemian University in Czech Budweis, CZ.
Senior Scientist
Petr Simon, PhD
Petr Simon, PhD
Senior Scientist
Petr Simon is a researcher at IOCB Prague. He is an organic chemist with expertise in synthesis of enzyme inhibitors and their derivatives. Within the scope of iBodies project, he is responsible for synthesis and development of small molecule ligands and inhibitors. Petr holds MSc degree in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in General and Inorganic Chemistry. He earned both degrees at theUniversity of Pardubice, CZ.
Research Assistant
Petra Dvorakova, BSc
Petra Dvorakova, BSc
Research Assistant
Petra is currently in the first year of her master studies in Cellular and Developmental Biology. She works in the laboratory of Jan Konvalinka and is responsible for further development, biochemical characterization and optimization of iBodies. Petra obtained her BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Organisms at the Charles University in Prague, CZ.
Senior Scientist
Ing. Vladimir Subr, CSc.
Ing. Vladimir Subr, CSc.
Senior Scientist
Vladimir is a senior research scientist in the Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR in Prague, CZ. He is responsible for preparation of polymer precursors and their conjugation with ligands. Vladimir obtained his master degree in Polymer Science from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. He earned his PhD degree in Polymer Science from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Business Development Manager
Jaromir Zahradka, PhD
Jaromir Zahradka, PhD
Business Development Manager
Jaromir is engaged in iBodies project management and he is supporting strategic planning of the project by search and evaluation of the most competitive targets for iBodies R&D pipeline. Among others, he is responsible for technology marketing and sales including strategic partners search, networking and negotiations. Jaromir holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Charles University in Prague and earned another masters degree in Corporate Economics, Management and Enterprise valuation at the University of Economics in Prague. Benefiting from both of his backgrounds, he is gathering technology transfer experiences at IOCB TTO since 2012.
Research Assistant
Adela Provaznikova, MSc
Adela Provaznikova, MSc
Research Assistant
Adela is currently a PhD student in Organic Chemistry at Jan Konvalinka´s laboratory, IOCB Prague. Together with Petr Simon, she is responsible for the synthesis of small molecule ligands and inhibitors. Adela earned her BSc degree in Biochemistry and MSc degree in Organic Chemistry at the Charles University in Prague, CZ.
Junior Scientist
Ing. Libor Kostka, PhD
Ing. Libor Kostka, PhD
Junior Scientist
Libor is a junior research scientist in the Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He is responsible for the preparation of polymer precursors and their conjugation with ligands. Libor obtained his master and PhD degree in Polymer Science from The University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. However, his PhD thesis was pursued in the Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry.

Advisory board

doc. RNDr. Jan Konvalinka, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Jan Konvalinka, CSc.
Jan Konvalinka is a group leader of the Laboratory of Proteases of Human Pathogens at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry ASCR, Prague. His group primarily focuses on the study of the role of proteases in regulation of various biological processes. Jan is a Vice-Rector for Research and an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Charles University in Prague. He is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic. Jan received his PhD at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1991.
prof. Ing. Karel Ulbrich, DrSc.
prof. Ing. Karel Ulbrich, DrSc.
Prof. Karel Ulbrich received his MSc degree in polymer chemistry from the Prague Institute of Polymer Technology in 1970 and his PhD degree in macromolecular sciences from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, The Czech Academy of Sciences, in 1975, where he received his tenure during the same year. Karel Ulbrich was a Head of the Department of Biomedical Polymers of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in years 1988-2015. He has been Professor at the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology since 2005. His research interests have focused on the development of water-soluble polymeric carriers for drugs, which were designed as targetable drug-release systems, development of biodegradable hydrogels for controlled drug release, and on the development of polymer carrier systems for gene delivery.
Prof. Ing. Martin Fusek, CSc.
Prof. Ing. Martin Fusek, CSc.
Martin Fusek is a Vice Director for Strategic Development at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, ASCR in Prague and a CEO of a technology transfer company at the mentioned institute (IOCB TTO). After spending 6 years as a postdoc in laboratories in USA and Germany he started to work in industry, specifically for Sigma-Aldrich and Merck companies. Since 2007 he has been focusing on the technology transfer at the IOCB in Prague, CZ. Before pursuing his PhD in Biochemistry at IOCB (1984-1988), Martin received his MSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague.
Pavel Sacha, PhD
Pavel Sacha, PhD
Pavel Sacha is a postdoctoral fellow in Jan Konvalinka's laboratory, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR, Prague. He is responsible for the management of the research projects within the group. Pavel received his MSc and PhD in biochemistry at the at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic