doc. RNDr. Robert Vácha, PhD.

Research Group Leader Junior, Robert Vácha Research Group


Office: bud. C04/213
Kamenice 753/5
625 00 Brno

Show on the map

Phone: +420 549 49 6846
E‑mail:
CV

Curriculum Vitae

Person-Related Identification Information
  • Born: 29.12.1980 in Jihlava, Czech Republic
Department
  • CEITEC and Faculty of Science
Employment - Position
  • Group leader
Education and Academic Qualifications
  • 09/05 - 06/09 Ph.D. at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, Specialization: Simulation of chemical properties of nano- a biostructures; Thesis under supervision of Pavel Jungwirth: Molecular simulations of surfaces of aqueous solutions
  • 09/07 - 06/09 International Max Planck Research School for "Dynamical Processes in Atoms, Molecules and Solids" in Dresden, Germany
  • 09/99 - 05/05 Ms. at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, Specialization: Physics - Biophysics and Chemical Physics; all exams passed with grade A - graduated with honor Thesis under supervision of Pavel Jungwirth: Molecular simulation of molecular and ion interactions at the air/water interface
Employment
  • Since 07/17 Group leader at CEITEC, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)
  • 10/11 - 06/17 Associate professor/Researcher at CEITEC and Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)
  • 08/11 - 10/11 Postdoctoral Research Associate in group of Mikael Lund, Department of Chemistry, Lund University (Sweden): Coarse grained models of amyloids, Dynamic Monte Carlo (DMC) technique
  • 08/09 - 07/11 Postdoctoral Research Associate in group of Daan Frenkel, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK): Coarse grained modelling of phospholipid membranes and proteins, Molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) techniques
  • 02/04 - 09/09 Research assistant in group of Pavel Jungwirth at Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Hosting institute for my Ph.D. study: Atomistic simulations of molecules and ions at water interfaces
  • 05/03 - 12/03 Research assistant in group of Pavel Jungwirth at Institute of Physical Chemistry J. Heyrovský, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Molecular dynamics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at air/water interface
Teaching Activities
  • Since 2017 Lecturing - Problems and issues of molecular modelling C9926 Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Since 2016 Lecturing - Seminar of molecular modelling F1170 Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Since 2015 Lecturing - Physics of biopolymers F8510 Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Since 2013 Lecturing - Interactions of proteins and membranes – introduction to soft matter NBCM147, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Since 2012 Lecturing - Introduction to soft matter models of membranes and proteins C9925, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2010 - 2011 Supervisions of Thermodynamics and Kinetics at Churchill College, Cambridge (3 small groups of three 1st year students)
  • 2010 - 2011 Mentoring 5 students (2 Ph.D. and 3 MSc.)
  • 2009 - 2010 Supervisions of Statistical Mechanics at Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge (small group teaching of three 3rd year students)
  • 2007 - 2008 Assisting teacher at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague - Classical molecular dynamics (12 students of 4th year)
  • 2006 - 2007 Assisting teacher at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague - Classical and quantum molecular dynamics (10 students of 4th year)
Grants
  • 2017 - 2020 Czech Science Foundation grant (GACR) – PI, Amphiphilic Peptides at Phospholipid Membranes, 3 years (180 000 EUR)
  • 2017 - 2020 Grant Agency of Masaryk University (GAMU) – co-PI, Computational chemistry for Wnt signaling pathway, 3 years (190 000 EUR)
  • 2016 - 2019 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Program Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Republic – co-applicant, Protein Dynamic Center (PDC), 3 years (898 000 EUR)
  • 2014 - 2016 Czech Science Foundation grant (GACR) – PI, Self-assembly of patchy spherocylinders, 3 years (160 000 EUR)
  • 2008 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) - grant for two-month fellowship at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan. Investigation and application of novel free energy calculations
  • 2008 Grant Agency of Charles University GAUK – 1 year grant, Czech Republic Creation on investigation of mixed phospholipid membrane with atomistic resolution by means of computer simulations (4 600 EUR)
Internship
  • 11/08 - 12/08 Fellowship in group of Nobuyuki Matubayasi at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University in Japan: Investigation and application of novel free energy calculations
  • 09/07 - 09/07 Short fellowship in group of Max Berkowitz at University of North Carolina, USA: Ions behaviour at water/phospholipid membranes interface
  • 07/06 - 08/06 Fellowship in group of Rainer Böckmann at University of Saarland, Germany: Development of new all atom classical and polarizable forcefield for lipids
  • 01/02 - 06/02 Student project in JRM Laboratory at Kansas State University, USA: Fragmentation of diatomic molecules following multiple capture of a slow highly charged ion
Invited Lectures
  • 2018 43rd FEBS Congress Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2018 CECAM workshop - Nano-structured soft matter: a synergy of approaches to amphiphilic and block copolymer systems, Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • 2018 CECAM workshop - Frontiers in Computational Biophysics, Lugano, Switzerland
  • 2017 CECAM workshop - The future of biomembrane simulations: hidden pitfalls and future challenges, Lyon, France
  • 2017 Joint Meeting of Czech and German Biophysicists, Hünfeld, Germany
  • 2016 Organizing Molecular Matter - A soft matter symposium, Lund, Sweden
  • 2015 CEITEC/ICRC Annual Conference, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2013 TAPPO workshop, Levi, Finland
  • 2012 CECAM workshop - Design of Self-assembling Materials, Vienna, Austria
  • 2012 Telluride Science Research Center - Protein and Peptide Interactions in Cellular Environments, Telluride, CO, USA
  • 2011 ACS national meeting, Denver, USA
  • 2010 Hofmesiter fest – Conference about Hofmeister series and ion specificity, Prague
Awards Related to Science and Research
  • 2010 - 2013 Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge Higly competitive and prestigious research fellowship
  • 2010 Bolzano prize in natural sciences - Charles University in Prague The two best Ph.D. thesis in natural sciences at Charles University per years
  • 1999 - 2004 Scholarship for 50 best students in year (about 10% of all students)

2018/10/11