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doc. Alexander W. Bruce, Ph.D.



Head of the Laboratory of Early Mammalian Developmental Biology (LEMDB)

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
Street: Branišovská 31c
City: České Budějovice, ZIP: 37005
Czech Republic

phone: +420 387772229
fax: +420 387772265 (not confidential)
E-mail: awbruce@prf.jcu.cz 
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4297-4412  

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth & citizenship:

3rd January 1978 in Wallasey, Merseyside, United Kingdom.
British (UK national; male).

Education (reverse chronological order):

2000-2004: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.
1996-2000:
B.Sc. (Hons) 1st Class in Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (AstraZeneca), University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.
1994-1996:
A-levels, Whitehaven School Post-16 Centre, Cleator Moor Road, Whitehaven, United Kingdom, (grades achieved; Biology – A, Chemistry - A, Geography – A, General Studies – B, plus the McGovern Prize for academic excellence).

Research history & individual awards  (reverse chronological order):

From 2018: Habilitated Associate Professor (docent) & Research Group Leader, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic (Laboratory of Developmental Biology & Genetics – LDB&G), from February 2018.

2010 – 2018:
Lecturer & Research Group Leader, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic (Laboratory of Developmental Biology & Genetics – LDB&G), from May 2010 -February 2018.

2007–2010: Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Gurdon Institute, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom (laboratory of Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz; Mammalian Development & Stem Cell Biology Group).

2004–2007: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Research Fellow, The Sanger Institute, Welcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom, (semi-autonomous fellowship award in the laboratory of David Vetrie Ph.D.; Chromatin Structure & Function Group)

2000-2004: Ph.D. studies, BBSRC Research Studentship, School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, (laboratory of Prof. Noel Buckley; Molecular Neuroscience Group, awarded 3rd prize by ‘Promega Young UK Biochemist of 2004’ prize committee at the annual British Biochemical Society meeting).

1996-2000: Undergraduate studies, School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom. Graduated with a ‘First Class B.Sc. Honours’ degree and completed one year research/ career placement with the ‘Molecular Endocrinology Department’ at AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals; Alderley Edge site, Cheshire, United Kingdom (awarded Happold and Crabtree prizes for academic excellence).

Awarded research grants (as an independent researcher):

2018-2020: Czech Science Foundation (CSF): 18-02891S: ‘Regulating the balance between differentiation and pluripotency; molecular characterisation of p38-MAPK function in mouse blastocyst ICM maturation.’ Duration: 3 years. Finance: 6,247,000 CZK.

2017-2020: Marie Curie Career Individual Fellowship Grant (awarded jointly with a post-doctoral researcher, Lenka Gahurová Ph.D., who is hosted in my group; H2020): OOCSOCS: ‘Socs3 gene in oocyte maturation and fertilsation – a novel link between inflammation and infertility’. Duration: 3 years. Finance: 142, 720 EUR.

2017-2017: Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia (GA JU): Ph.D. student project award. (Giorgio Virnicchi M.Sc.) ‘The role of the Wwc-family of proteins during Hippo-signalling and cell-fate derivation in mouse preimplantation embryo development. Implications for improved IVF clinical outcomes’. Duration: 1 year. Finance: 140,000 CZK.

2015-2017: Rector’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award, University of South Bohemia (awarded jointly with a post-doctoral researcher, Lenka Veselovská Ph.D., who was hosted in my group): ‘The role of the Socs3 gene in early mammalian development’. Duration: 2 years. Finance: 768,000 CZK (salary only).

2015-2016: Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia (GA JU): Ph.D. student project award (Aleksandar Mihajlović M.Sc.). ‘Are the first two cell differentiation events of mammalian embryogenesis integrated or totally distinct? Implications for improved IVF clinical outcomes’. Duration: 1 year. Finance: 197,000 CZK.

2013-2016: Czech Science Foundation (CSF): 13-03295S: ‘Functional characterisation of identified novel candidate cell-fate influencing genes during pre-implantation mouse development’. Duration: 4 years. Finance: 6,889,000 CZK.

2013-2015: Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia (GA JU): Consortium of four research groups, ‘Exploiting model systems in molecular biological research’. Duration: 2 years. Finance: 200,000 CZK.

2011-2015: Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (within the 7th European Community Framework Programme): IDNOVCELFAT2011: ‘Identification and characterization of novel cell-fate influencing genes in pre-implantation mouse development’. Duration: 4 years. Finance: 100,000 EUR. 

Publications:          

• Mihajlović AI and Bruce AW. The first cell-fate decision of mouse preimplantation embryo development: integrating cell position and polarity. Open Biology. 7(11) /rsob.170210 (2017). IF2016 = 3.481.
• Koštál V, Štětina T, Poupardin R, Korbelová J, Bruce AW. Conceptual framework of the eco-physiological phases of insect diapause development justified by transcriptomic profiling. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 114(32): 8532-8537 (2017). IF2016 = 9.661.
• Thamodaran V and Bruce AW. p38 (Mapk14/11) occupies a regulatory node governing entry into primitive endoderm differentiation during preimplantation mouse embryo development. Open Biology. 6(9) /rsob.160190 (2016). IF2016 = 3.481.
• Mihajlović AI and Bruce AW. Rho-associated protein kinase regulates subcellular localisation of Angiomotin and Hippo-signalling during preimplantation mouse embryo development. Reprod. Biomed. Online. 33(3), 381-390 (2016). IF2016 = 3.249.
• Mihajlović AI, Thamodaran V and Bruce AW. The first two cell-fate decisions of preimplantation mouse embryo development are not functionally independent. Sci. Rep. 13(5): 15034 (2015). IF2015 = 5.228.
Bruce AW. Generating different genetic expression patterns in the early embryo; insights from the mouse model. Reprod. Biomed. Online. 27(6), 586-592 (2013). IF2013 = 2.98.
Bruce AW. Response: Role of mouse maternal Cdx2: what’s the debate all about? Reprod. Biomed. Online. 22(6), 519-5120 (2011)b. IF2011 = 2.042.
Bruce AW. What is the role of maternally provided Cdx2 mRNA in early mouse embryogenesis? Reprod. Biomed. Online. 22(6), 512-515 (2011)a. IF2011 = 2.042.
• Dhami P§, Saffrey P§, Bruce AW§, Dillon SC§, Chiang K, Bonhoure N, Koch CM, Bye J, James K, Foad NS, Ellis PD, Watkins NA, Ouwehand WH, Langford CF, Andrews RM, Dunham I and Vetrie D. Complex exon-intron marking by histone modifications is not determined solely by nucleosome distribution. PLoS One. 5(8), e12339 (2010). §equal contribution. IF2010 = 4.411.
Bruce AW and Zernicka-Goetz M. Developmental control of the early mammalian embryo: competition among heterogeneous cells that biases cell fate. Curr. Opin. Genet. & Dev. 20, 485-491 (2010). IF2010 = 9.381.
• Jedrusik A, Bruce AW§, Tan MH§, Leong DE, Skamagki M, Yao M and Zernicka-Goetz M. Maternally and zygotically provided Cdx2 have novel and critical roles for early development of the mouse embryo. Dev. Biol. 344, 66-78 (2010). §equal contribution. IF2010 = 4.094.
• Dhami P, Bruce AW, Jim JH, Dillon SC, Hall A, Cooper JL, Bonhoure N, Chiang K, Ellis PD, Langford CF, Andrews RM and Vetrie D. Genomic approaches uncover increasing complexities in the regulatory landscape at the human SCL (TAL1) locus. PLoS One. 5(2), e9059 (2010). IF2010 = 4.411.
• Wu Q§, Bruce AW§, Jedrusik A, Ellis PD, Andrews RM, Langford CF, Glover DM and Zernicka-Goetz M. CARM1 is required in ES cells to maintain pluripotency and resist differentiation. Stem Cells. 27, 2637-2645 (2009) §equal contribution. IF2009 = 7.747.
• Zernicka-Goetz M, Morris SA and Bruce AW. Making a firm decision: Multifaceted regulation of cell fate in preimplantation development. Nat. Rev. Genet. 10, 467-477 (2009). IF2009 = 27.822.
Bruce AW, Lopez-Contreras AJ, Flicek P, Down T, Dhami P, Dillon SC, Koch CM, Langford, CF, Dunham I, Andrews RM and Vetrie D. Functional diversity for REST (NRSF) is defined by in vivo binding affinity hierarchies at the DNA sequence level. Genome Res. 19, 994-1005 (2009). IF2009 = 11.342.
• The ENCODE Project Consortium (inc. Bruce AW). Identification and analysis of functional elements in 1% of the human genome by the ENCODE pilot project. Nature. 447, 799-816 (2007). IF2007 = 28.751.
• Koch CM, Andrews RM, Flicek P, Dillon SC, Karaoz U, Clelland GK, Wilcox S, Beare DM, Fowler JC, Couttet P, James KD, Lefebvre GC, Bruce AW, Dovey OM, Ellis PD, Dhami P, Langford CF, Weng Z, Birney E, Carter NP, Vetrie D and Dunham I. The landscape of histone modifications across 1% of the human genome in five human cell lines. Genome Res. 17, 691-707 (2007). IF2007 = 11.224.
• Johnson RJ, Gamblin RJ, Ooi L, Bruce AW, Donaldson IJ, Westhead DR, Wood IC, Jackson RM, Buckley NJ. Identification of the REST regulon reveals extensive transposable element-mediated binding site duplication. Nucleic Acids Res. 34, 3862-3877 (2006). IF2006 = 6.317.
Bruce AW, Krejčí A, Ooi L, Deuchars J, Wood IC, Doležal V and Buckley NJ. The transcriptional repressor REST is a critical regulator of the neurosecretory phenotype. J. Neurochem. 98, 1828-1840 (2006). IF2006 = 4.260.
• Follows GA, Dhami P, Göttgens B, Bruce AW, Campbell PJ, Dillon SC, Smith AM, Koch C, Donaldson IJ, Scott MA, Dunham I, Janes ME, Vetrie D, Green AR. Identifying gene regulatory elements by genomic microarray mapping of DNaseI hypersensitive sites. Genome Res. 16, 1310-1319 (2006). IF2006 = 10.256.
Bruce AW§, Donaldson IJ§, Wood IC, Yerbury SA, Chapman M, Sadowski MI, Göttgens B and Buckley NJ. Whole genome analysis of Repressor Element-1 Silencing Transcription factor (REST) binding sites reveals novel target genes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 101, 10458-10463 (2004). §equal contribution. IF2004 = 10.452.
• Krejčí A, Bruce AW, Tuček S, Doležal V, Buckley NJ. Multiple promoters drive cell-specific expression of the human M2 muscarinic acetylcholine gene. J. Neurochem. 91, 88-98 (2004). IF2004 = 4.821.
• Belyaev ND, Wood IC, Bruce AW, Street M, Trinh JB, Buckley NJ. Distinct RE1 Silencing Transcription Factor (REST)-containing complexes interact with different target genes. J. Biol. Chem. 279, 556-561 (2004). IF2004 = 6.355.
• Wood IC, Belyaev ND, Bruce AW, Jones C, Mistry M, Roopra A, Buckley NJ. Interaction of the repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor, (REST), with target genes. J. Mol. Biol. 334, 863-874 (2003). IF2003 = 5.239.

Publication metrics:

Total publications (Web of Science 16.03.2018): 24
Hirsh index 
(Web of Science 16.03.2018): 14
Total citations 
(Web of Science 16.03.2018, excluding self-citations): 3770

Scientific journal editorial & peer review history: 

Member of the Editorial Board of Reproductive BioMedicine Online (2013 onwards). Based at Duck End Farm, Park Lane, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8DB, United Kingdom. Published on behalf of Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. by Elsevier Ltd.
• Ad hoc reviewer for scientific journals; Bioscience Horizons, Nucleic Acids Research, Reproduction, Reproductive BioMedicine Online and Scientific Reports.

Grant peer review history: 

Grant Agency of Charles University (Grantová agentura univerzita Karlova, GAUK), Prague, Czech Republic (x2; 2016, x2; 2018).
• Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1UH, United Kingdom (x1; 2016).

Student research degree examinations undertaken:

 Ph.D. (Doctoral) Thesis:

• Lopez-Contreras AJ. ‘Characterization of the ODCp gene and the novel related gene, inhibitor of antizymes 2/AZIN2’. (2008). University of Murcia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Murcia, Spain. 

M.Sc. (Masters) Thesis:

• Gupta M. ‘Finding direct targets of the transcription factor Prospero in the central nervous system (CNS) of the Drosophila melanogaster. (2005). University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Examining commission appointments at Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice:

• summer 2010 - present: appointed to the examining committees for bachelors and masters level degree defenses.
• summer 2010 - present: appointed to the examining committees for doctorate entrance and final state exams 

Completed research student supervisions:

 Ph.D. (Doctoral) Theses:

Mihajlović AI. ‘The involvement of the Hippo signalling pathway in the first two cell-fate decisions of pre-implantation mouse embryo development’. (2017). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice; Physiology & Developmental Biology/ Animal Physiology & Developmental Biology programme.
• Thamodaran V. ‘The role of p38-Mapk14/11 as an enabler of primitive endoderm (PrE) maturation and as a sensor of metabolism during mouse preimplantation embryo development’. (2016). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice; Physiology & Developmental Biology/ Animal Physiology & Developmental Biology programme.

Bc. (Bachelors/ B.Sc.) Theses:

• Schnabellehner SC. The role of Csf1 and Zfpm1 in the preimplantation mouse development (2016). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Joint Biological Chemistry Programme.
• Jakesová M. Role of Csf1 during preimplantation mouse development (2014). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Joint Biological Chemistry Programme.
• Ahiable JEA. Cloning candidate novel cell-fate genes (pre-implantation mouse development). (2012). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice Czech Republic; Joint Biological Chemistry Programme.

Summary of teaching (reverse chronological order):

• From 2014: University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Establishment and lecturing the English taught undergraduate course (operated as part of the ‘Joint Biological Chemistry’ programme with Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria) entitled ‘Introduction to Genomics (KMB358)’. Three times two hour lectures (2014 – present, not including ad hoc revision classes not listed in STAG database), taught in the summer semester. Also acting as course guarantor and attracting lecturers from both within and outside the university and faculty (e.g. internally, Mgr. Aleš Horák Ph.D., Mgr. Lenka Gahurová Ph.D. and Mgr. Filip Husník; externally, Mgr. Jan Pačes Ph.D. & RNDr. Miluše Hroudová Ph.D. – Institute of Molecular Genetics/ IMG, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic).

• From 2011: University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech RepublicLecturing the English taught undergraduate course (operated as part of the ‘Joint Biological Chemistry’ programme with Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria) entitled ‘Molecular Biology and Genetics I (KMB758)’. Ten times two hour lectures (2010 – 2014) and eight times two hour lectures (2015 – present), not including ad hoc revision classes not listed in STAG database, taught in the winter semester. Also acting as course guarantor, recruiting other faculty members to teaching roles (e.g. Mgr. Lenka Gahurová Ph.D.).

• 2011 & 2015: University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech RepublicAd hoc lecturing on the English taught Masters research degree course entitled ‘Advanced methods in Molecular Biology (KMB603)’. One two hour lecture called ‘Introduction to Microarrays’, taught in the summer semester. Course guarantor, Mgr. Doležel David Ph.D.

• 2008-2009: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Lecturing ‘part II’ undergraduate students in preimplantation embryo development and Assisted Reproductive Technology/ ART module entitled ‘The mouse as a model system’. 2.5 hours. Course guarantor, Prof. Martin H. Johnson (mhj21@cam.ac.uk).

Invited talks & conference presentations:

University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science; České Budějovice, Czech Republic. ‘Regulation of mammalian cell-fate: Insights from genomics based investigation of transcriptional regulation and chromatin structure & studies of preimplantation mouse embryogenesis’. (February 2018) – HABILITATION DEFENCE LECTURE.
• Masaryk University, Faculty of Science; Brno Czech Republic. ‘A question of fate; cell lineage derivation during preimplantation mouse embryogenesis’. (January 2018) – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science; České Budějovice, Czech Republic. ‘Needing to be different; A summary of cell-fate acquisition in preimplantation mouse embryos.’ (October 2017) - PEDAGOGICAL HABILITATION LECTURE
• British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) Autumn Meeting; Edinburgh, United Kingdom. ‘p38 mitogen activated kinases (Mapk14/11) occupy a regulatory node governing entry into mouse embryo primitive endoderm differentiation’. (August 2016) – selected abstract, oral and poster presentations (O04 & P21).
• University of Manchester, Division of Developmental Biology & Medicine; Manchester, United Kingdom. ‘A question of fate! Cell lineage derivation during preimplantation mouse embryogenesis’. (November 2015) – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• 
Czech RNA Club Annual Meeting; University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. ‘The first two cell-fate decision of preimplantation mouse embryo development are not functionally independent’. (September 2015) – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• 
The 6th EMBO Meeting – Advancing Life Sciences; Birmingham, United Kingdom. ‘Clonal inhibition of trophectoderm cell-fate during preimplantation mouse embryo development also inhibits primitive endoderm formation; evidence for integrated early cell-fate decisions’. (September 2015) – poster presentation (EMBO confirmed).
 
Vita Nova International Education Event (Assisted Reproductive Technologies/ ART); Bratislava, Slovakia. ‘Generating different genetic expression patterns in the early embryo; insights from the mouse model’. (September 2013) – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• Futures in Reproduction Meeting; Celebrating the award of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards; Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ‘Generating different genetic expression patterns in the early embryo; insights from the mouse model’. (December 2012). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG); Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. ‘Understanding cell-fate decisions in pre-implantation mouse embryogenesis’. (November 2012). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 Charles University, Third Medical Faculty; Prague, Czech Republic. ‘Exploring the role of the Cdx2 gene during the first cell-fate choices of mouse embryo development’. (March 2012). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG); Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. ‘Understanding cell-fate decisions in pre-implantation mouse embryogenesis’. (November 2011). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics (IAPG); Czech Academy of Sciences, Liběchov, Czech Republic. ‘A complex state of affairs: Cdx2 and preimplantation mouse development’. (December 2010). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
• University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, Department of Embryology; Warsaw, Poland. ‘A complex state of affairs: Cdx2 and preimplantation mouse development’. (October 2010). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biology; České Budějovice, Czech Republic. ‘Giving Functional Genomics a REST’. (May 2009). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Advanced Courses Workshop (microarrays & the transcriptome); Welcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ‘The Application of Functional Genomics: REST, a case study’. (April 2009). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 National Centre for Oncological Investigations (CNIO), Madrid, Spain. ‘Giving functional genomics a REST’. (February 2009). – invited talk/ oral presentation.
 University of Murcia, Faculty of Medicine; Murcia, Spain. ‘Functional characterisation and target gene identification of the transcriptional repressor REST.’ (February 2007). - invited talk/ oral presentation.
 Anglo-Czech Partnerships in Science Cancer Symposium (sponsored by the British Council); Prague, Czech Republic ‘Using genomic DNA microarrays to identify regulatory elements in the human Stem Cell Leukaemia (SCL) locus’. (March 2005) - selected abstract, oral presentation.
 London Chromatin Club Meeting (sponsored by Abcam); London, United Kingdom. ‘Genomic DNA Microarrays: Applications in Chromatin Research (ChIP:Chip)’. (January 2005). – invited speaker/ oral presentation.
 Inaugural Chromatin Structure and Function Meeting (sponsored by Abcam); Cancún, Mexico. ‘Identification of transcription factor binding sites and chromatin structural domains in the human genome using DNA genomic microarrays’. (November 2004). – selected abstract, oral and poster presentations (P6).
 British Biochemical Society Meeting; BioScience; Glasgow, United Kingdom. ‘The transcriptional repressor REST coordinates the regulated secretory pathway’. (July 2004). – selected abstract, oral and poster presentations (A110).

Other attended conferences/ workshops:

British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) Spring Meeting; Warwick University, Warwick, United Kingdom. (April 2017).
 British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) Joint Autumn Meeting (with the Portuguese and Spanish Developmental Biology Societies); Alfamar Resort, Algarve, Portugal. (October 2015).
 Inside-Outside, Challenges and Prejudices; Celebrating the work of Prof. Martin H. Johnson; University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. (September 2015).
 Czech Cytoskeleton Club XXIII Annual Meeting; Vranovská Ves, Czech Republic. (May 2015).
 Czech Cytoskeleton Club XXII Annual Meeting; Vranovská Ves, Czech Republic. (May 2014).
 EMBO Workshop. Oocyte maturation and fertilization: Lessons from canonical and emerging models; Banyuls-sur-Mer, France. (June 2013).
 Gurdon Institute 21st Anniversary Symposium; Cambridge, United Kingdom. (June 2013).

Practical workshops (co-)organised:

University of South Bohemia Confocal Microscopy and Image Analysis Workshop (2012 & 2015, plus planned 2017 workshop). University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice. Head of the organisation committee (recruiting Mr. Alex Sossick, Head of the Imaging Facility at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and course instructors from the companies BitPlane/Imaris image analysis and Olympus microscopes) for one week intensive practical workshop and trouble-shooting clinic, aimed at faculty Ph.D. students.
• Annual Wellcome Trust Advanced Course; Microarrays and the Transcriptome (2005-2007). Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, CB10 1SA, United Kingdom. Teaching assistant. Course administrators; David Vetrie Ph.D. (David.Vetrie@glasgow.ac.uk) and Mrs. Yvonne Hitching (yvonne.hitching@hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk).

Other activities:

Annual Department of Molecular Biology (& Genetics – since 2016) Scientific Image Competition (2011 onwards); Establishment and organisation of an annual competition within the Department of Molecular Biology (& Genetics), Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic, to showcase exquisite scientific images, judged and awarded on the basis of both aesthetics and scientific merit, generated within the department within the last calendar year. Generated images used for promotional materials.

• Founder member of the organising committee for the establishment of a Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) Society for Developmental Biology (V4SDB)Work begun in December 2016 with Polish (Anna Piliszek Ph.D., Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Warsaw, Poland) and Czech colleagues (doc. RNDr. Marcela BuchtováPh.D.,Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno, Czech Republic) to establish of an international developmental biology society to sustainably support and promote the field in the Visegrád Group (Inaugural Meeting set for 7-9th September 2010 in Brno, Czech Republic).