The junior research team at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics CAS.

Our long term mission is to explore novel paths to future electrodynamic and electronic therapeutic and diagnostic methods in biotechnology and medicine. To fulfill our mission we develop computational methods and nanotechnology enabled experimental tools to analyze both active and passive electromagnetic properties of biomaterials from the level of molecules to tissues.

Specifically, we analyze electromagnetic properties of biological, protein nanostructures with the focus on cellular fibers – microtubules. Furthermore, we focus on endogenous radiofrequency and optical electromagnetic biosignals. Our activities cover experimental and theoretical work, together with a development of experimental equipment. Using nanotechnology fabrication methods we develop micro/nanosensors used with our ultra-sensitive systems for the detection of electromagnetic molecular and cellular signals. Experimental work is carried out hand in hand with the modeling of electrodynamic processes at a cellular, primarily supra-molecular, level.

Recent Announcements

August 2016 - From now on, all our team announcements are published only on Twitter

August 2016 - Metabolomics reveals part of chemistry behind light emission from cells in our new paper

July 2016 - Ales Vlk from #FJFI #CVUT joined our team for internship on #electrical properties of #proteins solutions. Welcome, Ales !

June 2016 - Our two new collaborative papers on (bioelectronic SG-FET sensing of yeast and biophoton photocount statistics) are now published.

May 2016 - Michal received Otto Wichterle Award. Congratulations !

May 2016 - 24th Cytoskeletal Club was organized jointly by us and Zdenek Lansky's lab.

April 2016 - We have an open postdoc position in bioelectromagnetics/RF-microwave physics/engineering !

Research Opportunities

We are continually looking for motivated individuals – undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers – with fresh ideas to join our team. Prior experience in biophysics, electromagnetics, optics, or lab practice is helpful but not necessarily required.

Projects we offer are based on our current research and tailored to suit both the interests of student/applicant and our needs. Student projects are carried out in cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague and Faculty of Mathemathics and Physics, Charles University in Prague but not limited to these institutions if the candidate already has formal supervisor from any other university. Do not hesitate and contact us!

Post-doctoral applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and three letters of reference by email.

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April 2016 - Ondřej Kučera spent one month in the Institute of Health Carlos III in Madrid as a part of our collaboration within the COST EMF - MED action.

March 2016 - Maxime Alcover from ParisTech joins our team for internship. Welcome Maxime !

November 2015 - Our book Fields of the Cell finally published.

November 2015 - Michal has been promoted to IEEE Senior member status. Congratulations !

October 2015 - Petra Vahalová and Jiří Průša joined our team as graduate students. Welcome Petra and Jirka !

September 2015 - Rosilene Burgos from Leiden University completed her second research stay in our team. Congrats for exciting results Rosi!

July 2015 - Ondřej Kučera has been selected to receive EBSA Congress Bursary.

June 2015 - We organized the local networking event of the Biophysical Society named Electrostatic, Electrodynamic and Electronic Properties of Biomolecular Systems.

April 2015 - We published a fresh review of statistical properties of biological ultra-weak photon emission.

April 2015 - Jan Barabáš and Martin Bereta from the University of Žilina completed their short term scientific mission in our team. Thank you guys for being here!

March 2015 – In recently published mini-review, we summarize the current hypotheses, theories and experimental evidence concerning the electromagnetic activity of living cells.

February 2015 – Michal Cifra presented the research of microtubule electrodynamics on the Biophysical Society Annual meeting 2015 in Baltimore. For this purpose, Michal received the International travel award to support attendance and to present outstanding achievements in biophysics research.

January 2015 – Daniel Havelka was awarded the Dean's prize for outstanding dissertation thesis. Congratulations!

December 2014 - Our proposal for 3 years project Radio-frequency characterization of microtubules using micro- and nanosensors has been accepted by the Czech Science Foundation.

December 2014 – Daniel Havelka defended his dissertation at the Czech Technical University in Prague.

November 2014 - Ondřej Kučera gave a lecture on our research during the Week of Science and Technology, the most extensive science festival in Czechia.

November 2014 - Our research was featured in the Czech edition of pop-science booklets The Science Around Us.

October 2014 - Michal Cifra lectured on microtubule electrodynamics at The Chicago Cytoskeleton meeting.

September 2014 - Ondrej Krivosudský's diploma thesis supervised by Michal Cifra placed second in the Prize of the MTT/AP/ED/EMC chapter of the Czechoslovak section of the IEEE for the outstanding diploma thesis. Congratulations! Ondrej has recently joined our team as a postgraduate student.

August 2014 - Kateřina Červinková spent one month at the University of Leiden, doing research about Ultra-weak Photon Emission from cell cultures.

July 2014 - Ondrej Krivosudský was awarded the Dean's prize for his diploma thesis. Congratulations!

June 2014 - Our paper on multi-mode electro-mechanical vibrations of a microtubule was recently published in Applied Physics Letters. doi: 10.1063/1.4884118

June 2014 - Dr. Alexandr Kharlanov from Volgograd State Technical University joined our team for an internship.

April 2014 - Michaela completed one month internship at the RWTH Aachen University under the guidance of Prof. Blažek.

March 2014 - Rosilene Cristina Rossetto Burgos, doctoral student at the University of Leiden, joined our team for an internship.

February 2014 - Ondřej Kučera won the Werner von Siemens Excellence Award 2014 for the best dissertation thesis. Congratulations!

January 2014 - Václav Procházka successfully defended his diploma thesis. Congratulations!

December 2013 - Our paper on electro-acoustic behavior of the mitotic spindle was accepted to PLoS ONE and will be published soon. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086501

November 2013 - New paper by Ondřej and Michal was published in Cell Communication and Signaling doi: 10.1186/1478-811X-11-87 .

December 2013 - Djamel Eddine Chafai joined our team for an internship.

October 2013 - New paper by J. Pokorný will appear soon in Integrative Biology doi: 10.1039/C3IB40166A .

June 2013 - We attended the UPE 2013 conference in Olomouc. Michal Cifra during his presentation.

May 2013 - Members of our group gained important experience with hydrodynamics on Sázava river.

April 2013 - Honorata Nawrocka-Bogusz from University of Medical Science, Poznan (Poland), joined our team for an internship again.

February 2013 - Our proposal for 3 year project Photonic Biosignals: Measurement and Characterization which we submitted together with Dept. of Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc, has been accepted by Czech Science Foundation.

January 2013 - Kateřina Červinková defended her diploma thesis (graduated with honors) and will join our team as a postgraduate student.

December 2012 – Ondřej Kučera defended his dissertation “Cellular Nanoelectromechanics” at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Congratulations!

November 2012 – Our lab was opened to public during the Open Days of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics AS CR, which took place on November 8-9, 2012.

October 2012 – Our group co-organized the conference Fields of the Cell which took place in Basel, Switzerland, on October 6-7, 2012.

September 2012 – Michal Cifra attended ICT Proposers' Day . Event took place in Warsaw, Poland, on September 26-27, 2012.

August 2012 – Final versions of two recent theoretical papers were published: doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.06.003, doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.04.009.

July 2012 – Michal Cifra has been featured in the interview in the Slovak national Economy journal, Hospodárske Noviny. PDF from online version is also available.

July 2012 – This year's series of theoretical papers continues with contribution by Michal Cifra, doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.06.003.

June 2012 – Honorata Nawrocka-Bogusz from University of Medical Science, Poznan (Poland), joined our team for an internship again.

May 2012 – New paper by O. Kučera and D. Havelka, “Mechano-electrical vibrations of microtubules—Link to subcellular morphology”, is available on-line doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2012.04.009.

May 2012 – Michal Cifra delivered a speech at TEDx conference in Bratislava, Slovakia.

April 2012 – New paper concerning cancer physics written by J. Pokorný is available on-line doi: 10.1063/1.3699057.

March 2012 – Honorata Nawrocka-Bogusz from University of Medical Science, Poznan (Poland), joined our team for an internship.

Honorata, Ondrej and Michal on a trip to Sychrov castle.

January 2012 – Štěpánka Říhová graduated with honors from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Congratulations!

December 2011 – Our papers in European Biophysics Journal were available for free until December 31, 2011 (doi:10.1007/s00249-010-0597-8, doi:10.1007/s00249-011-0688-1).

December 2011 – Proceedings of the 9th International Fröhlich’s Symposium, Electrodynamic Activity of Living Cells, EDALC11, were published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

November 2011 - Our lab participated in the Week of Science and Technology, the most extensive scientific festival in Czechia.

October 2011 - We opened new dark-room for ultra-weak photon emission experiments.

August 2011 - New publication concerning high-frequency electric field and radiation characteristics of cellular microtubule network is now availabe.

July 2011 - Our group co-organized the 9th International Fröhlich’s Symposium, Electrodynamic Activity of Living Cells, EDALC11.

From the left: J. Pokorný, J. Tuszynski, O. Kučera, M. Cifra, S. Hameroff and A. Bandyopadhyay at the symposium closing dinner in the brewery Pivovarský dům, Prague.

June 2011 - Dr. Pokorny's paper was listed in Additional Papers of Note for June by the National Cancer Institute, Physical Sciences-Oncology (USA).

May 2011 - Comprehensive review on Electromagnetic cellular interactions co-authored by Michal Cifra was published in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

December 2010 - Diploma thesis Electromagnetic field of the microtubular system of a cell by Daniel Havelka was awarded the Werner von Siemens Excellence Award 2010.

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