Department of Chemistry

Students

Student awards and graduates

Awards of our students

2022:

Martina Poncarová (Ph.D. student) - 1. místo, Cena prof. Sládečka, XX. konference "Toxicita a biodegradibilita odpadů a látek významných ve vodním prostředí"

Outstanding bachelor theses award by the head of the Department of Chemistry

2022:

Jacqueline Bittner for her thesis Validation of mitochondrial localization and essentiality of prioritized proteins assigned to the tripartite attachment complex in the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei

Miroslava Bromová for her thesis A link between structure and activity of acyclic nusleoside phosphonates, inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei purine phosphoribosyl transferases

Marco Halbeisen for his thesis Modelling of tick borne enecephalitis virus (TBEV) proteins and their complexes

Vladyslav Lazebnyk for his thesis Assembly of the unique Trypanosoma brucei F1-ATP synthase

Robin Schürz for his thesis Comparison of metabolic pathways in insect symbiotic bacteria

2021:

Mirjam Odermatt for her thesis Investigation of stability and dynamics of photosynthetic pigment- protein complexes using optical spectroscopy

Laura Zellner for her thesis Preparation of antibodies to determine the association of mitoribosomal complexes with mitochondrial membrane

2020:

Anna-Marija Andova for her thesis Determining the subcellular compartment in which the unique cleavage of mitochondrial F1 ATPase subunit alpha happens

Marc Ninou-Codina for his thesis Theoretical study of bacteriochlorophyll aggregates using methods of quantum chemistry and molecular mechanics

Lena Graf for her thesis Transformation of marine protist Diplonema papillatum – characterization of selected cell lines

Sasha Gratzl for his thesis Post-transcriptional regulation of TbIF1 in life cycle of Trypanosoma brucei

David Hollaus for his thesis Determining the role of F0F1-ATP synthase dimers in Trypanosoma brucei mitochondrial biogenesis

Iryna Kondrashchenko for her thesis Evaluation of different methods of glycan enrichment to their subsequent MS identification

Amelie Klein for her thesis Phylogenetic and seasonal patterns in the microbiome of mosquito vectors

Melissa Leibetseder for her thesis Latitudinal effect on mosquitoes microbiota

Vanja Mirosavljević for her thesis Effect of high fat diet feeding on resistance to bacterial infection in Drosophila melanogaster

Nora Müller for her thesis The novel kinetoplastid kinesin TbKIFx and its partner TbPH1 are associated with specific cytoskeletal structures of Trypanosoma brucei

Sebastian Tschernuth for his thesis The role of juvenile hormone during immune reponse in Drosophila melanogaster

Bachelor's Study Programs

Chemistry (in Czech, with the following Czech MSc programmes Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Kabeláč, Ph.D. Study in Czech only.

Bachelor's study programme Chemistry at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia provides the students basic knowledge of all classicla chemistry branches - inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physicl chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. These are two semestral courses with lectures, seminars, and practical laboratories. Additional courses are provided, such as general chemistry, chemical calculations, terminology, chemical informatics, methods in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and other.

Undergraduates of Chemistry should be theoretically and practically prepared in all chemistry branches and through contact with other natural sciences at the FSci USB further develops her/his personality and scope.

Elective courses provide further specializations and development in chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or (Bio-)Informatics. Thus an interdisciplinary education is provided.

Biological Chemistry in English at the Faculty of Science USB and Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria (with the following English MSc programme Biological Chemistry)

Guarantors: prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D. (PřF JU); prof. Frans Mulder (JKU). Study in English only.

Cross-borded program - Unviersity of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Johannes Kepler Unviersity in Linz. Study in English only.

The joint Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry is organized and supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the JKU Linz and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

The program focuses on competency skills and knowledge transfer in biological sciences, and also international experience and training as a chemist to pursue professional, scientific, and application-oriented careers. The program incorporates essential areas of chemistry crucial for overall knowledge in the field and also addresses an analysis of biological systems as well as areas of biology in which chemical procedures are crucial.
General education covers base knowledge in areas of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Compared to studies in “Technical Chemistry”, this program provides concentrated, in-depth instruction in areas of biological chemistry and biology.

The Bachelor Curriculum of Biological Chemistry consists of Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, Biology, Analytical Chemistry, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Informatics, Communications and Ethics, Physical Chemistry, Elective subjects, Molecular Biology.

The program is conducted entirely in English - B2 level is required for admission. Non-natively English-speaking participants must attend the courses titled “English for Chemists". Participants with proof of proficient knowledge of English need not take these courses (recognition process required). For them, we recommend alternative language courses, e.g., in Czech. The curriculum has been designed so that students spend ca. 50 % of the program studying at each university.

Applicants must prove at least three years of chemistry and three years of mathematics during their secondary school studies; otherwise, an entrance test from basics of chemistry and mathematics will be required.

A fee for studying at FSc USB in a foreign language is 500 CZK (or 20 EURO), as stated in the Provision of the Dean No. 83. Za studium v cizím jazyce se na PřF JU platí poplatek 500 Kč (anebo 20 EURO) za rok, viz Opatření děkanky D83.

Potential Career Opportunities
The academic degree qualifies graduates to pursue careers as project and research assistants or laboratory managers in the field of Life Sciences. The international nature of the program, combined with English as the main language of instruction, particularly qualifies graduates for professions in multinational environments (such as EU institutions and internationally active business and corporations).

Program of Study: Bachelor's Degree in Biological Chemistry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BSc) of the JKU Linz and a Bachelor's degree (Bc) awarded by the University of Southern Bohmemia
Program Length: 6 Semesters

ENTER BOOK
a helpful booklet on how to wurvive the first year in Linz, wrote by the first studednts of the study program.

Students are supported by various stipends from USB and JKU during their studies - the Dept. of Study Affairs will provide more information. Further possibilities fo stipends for students outside Austria.

First graduates of the Biological Chemistry program.

Bachelor and Master theses

The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing and number of submitted copies!

Contacts

Facebook group of Biological Chemistry students

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Faculty of Science

Branišovská 31
CZ

370 05 České Budějovice

Czech Republic

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Altenbergerstr. 69

A - 4040 Linz

Austria

Student Services Departments:

 

Tel.: +420 387 772 249
e-mail: studijni (at) prf.jcu.cz

Jindřiška Trefná jtrefna (at) prf.jcu.cz

Tel.: +43 732 2468 1312
e-mail: lss (at) jku.at

Guarantees:

 

Prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D.
e-mail: vacha (at) jcu.cz
Tel.: +420 387 776 224

Dr. Ján Štěrba
e-mail: sterbaj (at) jcu.cz
Tel.: +420 387 776 220

Univ.-Prof. Frans Mulder
e-mail: frans.mulder (at) jku.at
Tel.: +43 732 2468 9300

Dr. Adriana Rathner

e-mail: adriana.rathner (at) jku.at

https://uch.prf.jcu.cz www.biologicalchemistry.jku.at

Chemistry for Education (in czech, with the following MSc program Chemistry for Education for Secondary Schools)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Kabeláč, Ph.D. Study in Czech only.

Bachelor's study programme Chemistry for Education is first part of studies of the future teachers at secondary schools. Students choose an adidtional approbation together with Chemistry. At FSci USB, several combinations are possible - any combination of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, and Informatics.
Undergraduates of this study programme are bachelors of Chemistry and of another scientific branch and can furher study the master's study programme Chemistry for Education for Secondary Schools or in one of the interdisciplinary Macter's study programmes such as Biochemistry, biophysics, Experimental Biology (with several specializations such as Molecular Biology).

 

Master's Study Programs

Environmental Chemistry (in Czech)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Šárka Klementová, CSc. Study in Czech only.

Master's study programme Environmental Chemistry is intended for Bachelor's in Chemistry and provides a specialized education in Chemistry fields related to the environment. Curriculum contains both lectures and practical laboratories. A very important part of the studies is highly credited Master's Thesis which should represent an independent research topic.

Biochemistry (in Czech)

Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Ivana kutá Smatanová CSc. Study in Czech only, English version in preparation.

Master's study programme Biochemistry is intended for Bachelor's in Chemistry and provides specialised education in Biochemistry. Graduates are prepared for a future career in biochemical and biotechnological laboratories and institutions working in research, development, industry, or supervision. Students gain knowledge in advanced biochemical disciplines including practical skills with up-to-date instrumentation and methods. Developing communication skills and the English language are also included.

Graduates can continue their studies in various PhD. programmes, including Biochemistry.

Biological Chemistry in English at the Faculty of Science USB and Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria

Guarantors: prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D. (PřF JU); prof. Frans Mulder (JKU)

Cross-borded program - Unviersity of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Johannes Kepler Unviersity in Linz. Study in English only.

The joint Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry is organized and supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the JKU Linz and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

The primary goal of the study program is to provide state-of-the-art education that encompasses molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. The program represents an alternative extension of modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, and biophysics.

The length of the study is 2.5 years (5 semesters). The first year of master's study takes place in Linz and involves the study of chemistry, structural biochemistry, and biophysical chemistry. The second year of instruction focuses on structural, molecular, and systems biology. Instruction takes place in Ceske Budejovice. During the fifth and final semester, students may choose at which university they wish to complete their studies.

A fee for studying at FSc USB in a foreign language is 500 CZK (or 20 EURO), as stated in the Provision of the Dean No. 83. Za studium v cizím jazyce se na PřF JU platí poplatek 500 Kč (anebo 20 EURO) za rok, viz Opatření děkanky D83.

The program is conducted entirely in English. Applicants from study programs other than Bachelor Biological Chemistry and other universities must provide a sufficient TOEFL score or pass an exam (see below).

The emphasis during the study is laid on modern forms of study focused on practical instruction with the use of modern information technology. A significant portion of the study program consists of practical training, praxis in research laboratories, and involvement in research projects.

Successful completion of the master's degree program will open the door to continuing on to doctoral studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, or bioorganic chemistry. Graduates of the cross-border Biological Chemistry study program will receive a professional qualification at the frontier of modern chemistry and biology. This will clear the path for a wide range of employment positions at institutions undertaking basic and applied research and development, in chemical and biological laboratories, at biotechnology firms, universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences, and private companies. Excellent knowledge of the English language will prepare graduates of this attractive discipline for involvement in international research teams or work abroad.

ENTER BOOK
a helpful booklet on how to survive the first year in Linz, written by the first students of the study program.

Admission

Admission to the study program is based primarily on the applicant's academic credentials and his/her knowledge of biology/chemistry/biophysics and the English language. Admission is granted without regard to sex, age, religion, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status. The master’s “Biological Chemistry” study program welcomes qualified candidates for transfer admission from accredited universities with a completed bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or related fields showing substantial knowledge of biology and chemistry comparable to graduates of our bachelor Biological Chemistry program.

An official TOEFL level of at least B2 (SERR) will be required. The candidates without this TOEFL level will have to pass the internal English test at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (FS USB).

A) Students who successfully graduated in the bachelor program Biological Chemistry from USB and JKU are admitted to the master's program automatically.

B) Applicants for masters program Biological Chemistry from other programs or universities

Applicants with sufficient background in chemistry and biology will have to pass a written exam composed of three parts:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • General, Organic, and Analytical Chemistry.

Tuition fee
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, students are required to pay a tuition fee. The tuition fee reflects extra administration and operational costs connected with running the study program in a foreign language (estimated to be around 10 EUR per student). The precise amount will be declared by the dean of the Faculty of Science at the beginning of each calendar year, in accordance with the Study and Exam Guidelines of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

Students are supported by various stipends from USB and JKU during their studies - the Dept. of Study Affairs will provide more information. Further possibilities fo stipends for students outside Austria.

Requirements for successful completion of studies
The requirements follow the Internal guidelines of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. Further requirements are specified in the Internal guidelines of the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. To complete the master’s study program in Biological Chemistry, four basic requirements have to be fulfilled. The student has to pass all required exams and acquire a sufficient amount of credits (≥ 150). The student is also required to defend a master's thesis and subsequently pass a final oral exam.

Bachelor and Master theses

The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for the bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing!

Contacts

Facebook group of Biological Chemistry students

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Faculty of Science

Branišovská 31
CZ

370 05 České Budějovice

Czech Republic

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Altenbergerstr. 69

A - 4040 Linz

Austria

Student Services Departments:

 

Tel.: +420 387 772 249
e-mail: studijni (at) prf.jcu.cz

Jindřiška Trefná jtrefna (at) prf.jcu.cz

Tel.: +43 732 2468 1312
e-mail: lss (at) jku.at

Guarantees:

 

Prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D.
e-mail: vacha (at) jcu.cz
Tel.: +420 387 776 224

Dr. Ján Štěrba
e-mail: sterbaj (at) jcu.cz
Tel.: +420 387 776 220

Univ.-Prof. Frans Mulder
e-mail: frans.mulder (at) jku.at
Tel.: +43 732 2468 9300

Dr. Adriana Rathner

e-mail: adriana.rathner (at) jku.at

https://uch.prf.jcu.cz www.biologicalchemistry.jku.at

Chemistry for Educationfor Secondary Schools (in Czech)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Kabeláč, Ph.D. Study in Czech only.

Master's study programme Chemistry for Education is the final second part of studies of the future teachers at secondary schools. Students choose an adidtional approbation together with Chemistry. At FSci USB, several combinations are possible - any combination of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, and Informatics.

 

Doctoral Study Programs

Biochemistry (in Czech or in English)

Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Ivana kutá Smatanová CSc. Study in Czech or in English possible.

Contact: tel. 387 776 234; e-mail: kuta (at) prf.jcu.cz

In the case of studying in English, a fee for studying at FSc USB in a foreign language is 500 CZK (or equivalent in EURO), as stated in the Provision of Dean No. 83.

PhD study programme Biochemistry prepares highly qualified scientists in the various fields of Biochemistry, representing a multidisciplinary science comprising Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Bioinformatics is becoming an important part of biochemical studies recently. Postgraduates are the future heads of biochemical and biotechnological laboratories in research, development, industry, and supervision. They gain knowledge in functional and structural biochemistry and practical skills in various modern methodological and instrumental approaches used in studying the structure and function of living organisms and their components on the molecular level. The various research fields covered by the research groups participating in the programme provide a broad range of topics for students' individual development depending on their interests. Students learn various biochemical disciplines, methods in bioanalytical chemistry, biophysical studies of molecules and biocomplexes, molecular mechanisms of metabolic processes in solutions, biological membranes and living organisms. The various topics will be discussed in relation to recent scientific updates in natural sciences or biomedicine. The broad knowledge of various methods and instrumentation will prepare the graduates for independent sample preparation and processing of biological material.

Requirements: finished MSc studies in Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Possible theses topics:

Crystallization and protein crystallography to provide protein structure using X-Ray diffraction analysis. Detailed knowledge of protein structure is a prerequisite for understanding its function. Students perform all the steps from the preparation and isolation of the protein using molecular biological and biochemical techniques, through crystal preparation and X-Ray diffraction to structure determination and analysis.

Contact: prof. Ivana Kutá Smatanová (kuta (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Interaction modelling between biomolecules and complex biological systems. Students use computational methods for modelling biological systems, primarily modelling analysis of dynamic changes in these systems. Students study the relationship between proteins' structure and function using molecular modelling. Results of the theoretical approaches are verified and compared with experimental data.

Contact: dr. Michal Kutý (kuty (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Study of macrocomplex mechanisms and dynamics. Students will use biophysical and structural methods to study of the mechanisms of formation and function of big macrocomplex systems, such as antennae complexes of photosynthetic pigments the role of RNA in the replication of viruses and in the regulation of cellular processes, mechanisms of recombination in leukocytes and how is it can cause some types of leukaemia, mechanisms of chromatin rearrangement, and membrane complex function in bacteria.

Contact: dr. Roman Tůma (rtuma (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Another project will search for the relation between the experimental and computational studies on hexameric viral RNA helicase P4 from the Phi8 (Phi8P4) bacteriophage. High-resolution structures with ADP/ATP will be studied together with the analogous transitional states using X-Ray crystallography, mass spectrometry with hydrogen/deuterium exchange, single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD), ab initio MD, and QM/MM calculations.

Contact: dr. Zdeněk Franta (zfranta (at) prf.jcu.cz), dr. Filip Dyčka (fdycka (at) prf.jcu.cz), dr. Tomáš Fessl (fessl (at) prf.jcu.cz), dr. David Řeha (reha (at) nh.cas.cz)

Molecular mechanisms in the infection by tick-borne pathogens.
Processes in cells of the mammalian host and the tick vector infected by tick-borne pathogens will be studied - tick-borne encephalitis virus and Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Various methodological approaches will be used - molecular biological and biochemical techniques, mass spectrometry, next-generation sequencing (transcriptomics, genomics, epigenetics), fluorescence and electron microscopy. Protein structures will be analysed in collaboration with The Austro-Czech RERI-uasb NMR Center at JKU in Linzi (Libor Hejduk, MSc. and Prof. Norbert Müller carry out this part of the research for USB).

Contacts: Dr. Ján Štěrba (sterbaj (at) prf.jcu.cz), Dr. Martin Selinger (selinm01 (at) prf.jcu.cz), Prof. Norbert Müller (nmuller (at) prf.jcu.cz), Dr. Ryan Rego (rrego (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Electron microscopy (EM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Em will be used for the localization of the various components in the cellular ultrastructure and studies of the surface morphology of samples. 3D reconstruction of the studied objects will be used as well. Biological sample preparation techniques for electron and correlation microscopy are part of the studies as well. AFM allows detailed visualization of surfaces and analysis of elastic properties of living cells, biological membranes, proteins and their complexes, peptides, polynucleotide chains, organic polymers and molecules in both the liquid and gas phase. This type of microscopy is also used to measure forces between all the aforementioned objects down to the level of non-covalent bonds between the individual molecules.

Contact: ing. Jana Nebesářová (nebe (at) paru.cas.cz), ing. Zdenko Gardian (zdenogardian (at) gmail.com), dr. David Kaftan (dkaftan (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Analysis of structure and function of pigments and pigment-protein complexes from photosynthetic organisms. The effectivity of photosynthetic processes in plants, algae, and bacteria depends on the interplay of proteins, pigments, and enzymes. Students analyze the photosynthetic apparatus from the level of pigments up to the photosynthetic membrane. The individual components, as well as whole photosynthetic membranes, are studied using biochemical, biophysical methods, and bioinformatisc

Contact: Dr. Radek Litvín (rlitvin (at) prf.jcu.cz)

Study of ultrafast processes in molecules and proteins using femtosecond laser spectroscopy. Students study the excited states of molecules, primarily photosynthetic pigments, and solve problems related to energy transfer and/or of the charge in synthetic and natural systems, e.g., in photosynthetic proteins.
Contact: prof. Tomáš Polívka (tpolivka (at) jcu.cz)

Study of spectroscopic properties of molecules and proteins using single-molecule spectroscopy. This method, uniquely combining microscopy and laser spectroscopy, allows studies on the properties of individual protein complexes and, due to averaging over high numbers of molecules/proteins, reveals the specific details hidden from the standard methods.

Contact: prof. František Vácha (vacha (at) jcu.cz)

Study the role of lipid metabolism and the gene Impl2 in the immune response in Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular biological and biochemical methods will be used.

Contact: dr. Adam Bajgar (BajgarAdam (at) seznam.cz)

Doctor of Natural Sciences RNDr. - Biochemistry (in Czech)

State rigorosum exam and thesis defence lead to a title of Doctor of Natural Sciences (rerum naturalium doctor) RNDr. in the field of Biochemistry (only in Czech, Biochemie). Contact: Prof. Ivanu Kutou Smatanovou (kuta (at) prf.jcu.cz).

Brief information for applicants to Biological Chemistry study programmes

Deadlines and requirements for applications

International applicants are welcomed.

The same admission procedures will be applied to all the applicants.

Applicants accepted into the Bachelor study programme - apply please for visas in Austria, not the Czech Republic; as you will spend the first year in Austria, it is much more straightforward to apply for visas in Austria. This also applies to students accepted via the University of South Bohemia.

Application to Bachelor study programmes
Applications are usually possible until the end of March every year; it is not possible to apply in other terms. A fee for the application is usually 500 CZK or an equivalent in EURO; check the amount before application.

Applicants must prove a completed secondary education. In the case of foreign applicants, validated documents proving the completed level of education and completed courses, the faculty reserves the right to request higher forms of verification or nostrification.

Admission will be permitted to those who completed at least 3 years of Chemistry and 3 years of Mathematics. Otherwise, the applicant must pass an entrance examination for these subjects (usually at the beginning of June); the entrance examination is done online.

All applicants must pass an entrance examination in the English language.

Applicants are notified about the result usually in late June or early July by e-mail and in paper form.

Some more documents regarding the applications: https://www.prf.jcu.cz/en/admissions/admission-documents

e-applications: https://wstag.jcu.cz/portal/studium/uchazec/eprihlaska.html?pc_lang=en

overview of the study plans:
USB part: http://wstag.jcu.cz/StagPortletsJSR168/CleanUrl?urlid=prohlizeni-browser-segment&browserFakulta=FPR&browserProgram=1170&browserObor=2666&browserPlan=18203&browserSegment=17138&plang=en

JKU part: https://studienhandbuch.jku.at/curr/862

Application to Master study programmes

Students who successfully finished their studies in the BSc study programme Biological Chemistry will be after application automatically admitted into the master's studies. If the number of such applicants exceeds the maximum allowed number of MSc students in Biological Chemistry, applicants will be ranked based on the results of the bachelor's state exam, and the best applicants will be admitted.

Applications are usually possible until mid-May every year; if the number of admitted applicants is lower than the maximum allowed number of admitted students, an additional term will be open usually in October. A fee for the application is usually 500 CZK or an equivalent in EURO; check the amount before application.

Every applicant must pass an entrance examination (online) from subjects, usually in the morning:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • General, Organic and Analytical Chemistry
  • English language (applicants will not have to pass this exam if the country of origin has the English language as the official language or if can provide a certificate on the B2 level (SERR) or better).

Applicants who will pass these exams will then be invited for an interview (usually afternoon on the same day) - a discussion about their bachelor theses in the English language.

Applicants are notified about the result usually in late June or early July by e-mail and in paper form.

Some more documents regarding the applications:

https://www.prf.jcu.cz/en/admissions/admission-documents

https://www.prf.jcu.cz/cz/prijimaci-zkousky/prijimaci-rizeni

e-applications: https://wstag.jcu.cz/portal/studium/uchazec/eprihlaska.html?pc_lang=en

Information for students

Filling the BSc and MSc assignment form

Do not forget to fill out the Assignment of the Bachelor/Master thesis form with your supervisor and bring it signed to the head of the Institute.

To help you with filling in this form we prepared these instructions.

If you need a signature by Prof. Vácha, you can contact the secretary of Dept. of Chemistry Ms. Magdalena Kucerova - kucerovam (at) prf.jcu.cz, phone 38 777 6247, you can find her in the Bldg. C, 2nd floor, room 02 035.

Currently, during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemics, all the signatures can be provided electronically (print-sign-scan-send) and the form with all the signatures can be sent by e-mail to the Study Dept. (ricanova (at) prf.jcu.cz) and to Ms. Kucerova (kucerovam (at) prf.jcu.cz).

We prepared some instructions for students preparing their Bachelor and Maters theses. DO NOT forget to include the "thesis declaration" - you can find the actual version of the Faculty website (in Information for Students) and consult also your supervisor on how to prepare the thesis.

Topic Na koho se obrátit
Self-organization of nanostructures. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Isolation and preparation of from light-harvesting complexes of cyanobacteria and their chemical modification. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chemical modification of bilirubin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glycomic and glycoproteomic profile of ticks and other blood-feeding arthropods. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Localization of sialylated and fucosylated glycans in biological samples using bioorthogonal chemistry. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Analysis of N-glycosylation sites in blood- arthropods (bioinformatics). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glycosidase activity in fish seminal fluids. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Detection of proteins isoforms in human neural cells infected by TBEV. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elektronová mikroskopie fotosyntetických membrán a proteinových komplexů This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chování fotosyntetického aparátu je dané nejen vlastnostmi jeho jednotlivých složek, ale i jejich vzájemným prostorovým uspořádáním ve fotosyntetické membráně. Fotosyntetická membrána v chloroplastech vytváří specializované domény obsahující komponenty řetězce přenašečů elektronů. Zdá se, že jen výjimečně jsou zastoupeny všechny proteinové superkomplexy jako v učebnici. Elektronovou mikroskopií lze studovat tyto jevy od úrovně ultrastruktury membrán až po jednotlivé proteinové komplexy.
Role karotenoidů v ochraně fotosyntetických proteinů před tripletními stavy chlorofylu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Molekuly chlorofylu jsou v autotrofních organismech vždy asociovány s karotenoidy. Funkcí fotosyntetických karotenoidů je jak rozšíření spektrálního okna pro sběr energie tak i ochrana organismu před kyslíkovými radikály, které jsou jinak nechráněným chlorofylem účinně generovány. Vlastnosti této ochranné funkce nejsou zřejmé zejména v případě systémů s 'nestandardními' karotenoidy jako mají některé eukaryotní řasy. V práci budou studovány jak přírodní komplexy, tak syntetické modelové systémy.
Struktura pigment-proteinových komplexů fotosyntetických membrán a jejich funkce This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Světlosběrné komplexy jsou pravděpodobně nejdynamičtější součástí fotosyntetických membrán. Pigmenty pro sběr světelné energie jsou drženy proteinovou kostrou v přesných polohách a ve vysoké hustotě (až 0.5 M). Ačkoliv chybné postavení pigmentů může být pro fotosyntetický organismus smrtící, existuje mnoho variant kombinací druhů chlorofylů i karotenoidů. Klíčovou roli ve funkci výsledného komplexu má pak právě proteinový skelet, který lze zkoumat z bioinformatického nebo biochemického pohledu. Zaměřením práce může být jak teoretická analýza vlastností proteinů a srovnání s experimentem tak i sledování dynamiky fotosyntetické membrány v krátkém (minuty) či dlouhém (dny a týdny) časovém horizontu.
Info on Biological Chemistry study programmes

For more information contact Bc. Petra Korcová (pkorcova (at) prf.jcu.cz, +420 38 777 2262) or check the other contacts.

Finishing bachelor and master students, see information on state exams and defences, number of submitted theses, and information on the organisation of joint master state exam.

Organisation of the Academic year
Pleas, check the Calendar ofr Academic Events for Crossborder studies on the faculty web page with information for students (https://prf.jcu.sk/en/study-at-the-faculty/study-system). You will find there the important dates such as terms for:

  • teaching period
  • examination period
  • submission of theses
  • dates of state exams and defenses

Bachelor and Master theses
The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing and number of submitted copies!

Intensive Czech language course – organized always 1 week before the start of the semester with 4 lessons/day, total 20 lessons. If you ar einterested in this course, aask the Study Dept. pelase (Mrs. Korcova).

 

Useful links for international students:

You can find more information for international students at:

https://jcu.sk/en/study-at-usb/about-studies or https://jcu.sk/en/university/faqs/incoming-students

Possibilities for a stipend support for Czech (foreign) students in Austria (thanks Anna Rázková for providing this nice summary):

https://www.dzs.cz/cz/aktion-ceska-republika-rakousko/prehled-stipendii/

https://grants.at/de/

https://bildung.bmbwf.gv.at/service/brett/stipendienstiftung.html

https://oead.at/de/nach-oesterreich/stipendien/

https://www.scholarships.at/default.aspx?CMSPage=49

International Student Club:
https://isc.jcu.cz/

Erasmus+ students – requested documents:
Please do not forget to send those documents to: veda (at) prf.jcu.cz

- Learning Agreement (use preferably your university´s form, if required, or you can find our form attached)

- scan of your photo in a passport-size

- scan of your passport

- scan of your Health Insurance European card or other Health Insurance Certificate

- contact details of a family member or relative, who can be contacted in case of emergency

Getting your JCU Card:
Mr. Kubák – kubak (at) jcu.cz
KaM - Aula JU, hostel, Help Desk CIT, kartové centrum

Contacts

Organisation of joint master state exam in Biological Chemistry

Rules and recommendations for writing of Bsc. and MSc. theses

Rules and recommendations for writing of Bsc. and MSc. theses
The rules are mandatory for all theses to be defended at the Department of Chemistry FS USB. In the event of any of points 2 to 6 being unfulfilled the student will not be permitted to defence their thesis, i.e. the thesis will be evaluated as grade 4 (FAIL).

Update on the use of university or faculty logo in theses

Rules for writing bachelor and master theses at the Department of Chemistry.

Recommendations on writing of bachelor and master theses at Department of Chemistry

Check the regulations.

For students working on their MASTERS theses in Linz:
even though you work in Linz, you need to fill in the Assignment of master thesis and submit it in Budweis (Study Dept.) with all the signatures - this is needed for the subsequent uploading of your finished thesis. You can do this anytime during your study, but the simplest and best will be, if you submit the assignment as soon as possible; you will not need to think about it when you are finishing.

When you finish your thesis, you need to upload your thesis in the STAG system.

Bachelor students and master students working in Budweis - of course, you need to submit the assignment as well. The sooner, the better. And of course, also upload your thesis into the STAG system.

Information on Bachelor and Master state exams and defences

Bachelor state exams and defences

  • state exam - written tests, 1 hour for every test. Usually starts at 9 am. The results are usually announced afternoon (depending on the number of students) in person or by mail
  • defence - 45 minutes are reserved for one student. You should have prepared a presentation for a maximum of 12 minutes. The evaluation by the supervisor and the opponent are read after your presentation, next, you answer the question of the opponent (the answers can be included at the of the presentation). Lastly, you will answer the questions from the commission and the guests. After the discussion, everybody except the members of the commission and the commission will discuss the thesis and vote on the grade. The result is announced immediately after the defence.

Master state exams and defences

  • info on the organisation of the state exam and defence and of the commission
  • defence is usually the first - 60 minutes are reserved for one student. You should have prepared a presentation for a maximum of 15 minutes. The evaluation by the supervisor and the opponents are read after your presentation, next, you answer the question of the opponents (the answers can be included at the of the presentation). Lastly, you will answer the questions from the commission and the guests. After the discussion, everybody except the members of the commission and the commission will discuss the thesis and vote on the grade. The result is announced immediatelty after the defence.
  • state exam - usually after the defence - oral, approximately 15 minutes per subject.
Organisation of joint master state exam in Biological Chemistry

Due to differences in rules at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Johannes Kepler University in Linz Organisation of joint master state exam in Biological Chemistry had to be adjusted.


The state exam will be located at the institution where student worked on his/her diploma thesis and will have two parts:

1) Master thesis defence

2) Oral exam consisting of

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Biology oriented part of the exam)
  • General Chemistry (Chemistry oriented part of the exam)
  • Elective subject (subject related to the topic of master thesis)

(Additional information for students, working on their theses in Linz)

Constitution of state exam committee

State exam committee will consist of at least 4 members, at least one of them will always be from the sister university. Supervisor will be a full member of the state exam committee (according to Linz rules).

For the state exam organised at USB, the member of the committee from JKU will be examining the subject General Chemistry.

For the state exam organised at JKU, the member of the committee from USB will be examining the subject Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Student(s) should contact Dr. Štěrba/Prof. Grubhoffer and Prof. Müller regarding the members of the committee in advance.

Elective subjects at USB:

Bioenergetics

Gen and Protein Engineering

Enzymology

Protein Chemistry

Electron Microscopy

X-ray Crystalography

Fluorescence spectroscopy

Cell Signaling

Computational Chemistry

Glycobiochemistry

Xenobiochemistry

Immunology

Biopharmacy

Virology

Bioinformatics

Molecular Phylogeny

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