doc. RNDr. Martin Vácha, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Section of Animal Physiology and Immunology

Office: bldg. D36/123
Kamenice 753/5
625 00 Brno

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Phone: +420 549 49 7877

Curriculum vitae Martin Vácha, Ph.D.

  • Martin Vácha, Ph.D., born October 30, 1967 Brno, married, 2 children
  • Animal Physiology and Immunology
    Experimental Biology
    Faculty of Science, Masaryk University
    Kamenice 5
Function, current position
  • Associate Professor
Education and academic qualifications
  • 1999: Ph.D., MU Brno
  • 1991: Master Degree, MU Brno
Professional experience
  • 2010 - present: Faculty of Science MU, Associate Professor
  • 2008 - 2010: Faculty of Science MU, lecturer
  • 1997 - 2008: Faculty of Science MU, Assistant Professor
  • 1991 - 1997: Faculty of Science MU, Assistant
Teaching Activities
  • Lessons:
  • Bi3030 Animal Physiology
  • Bi6790 Animal Biology
  • Bi1140 Biology of social insects
  • Bi3080 Sensory Neurophysiology
  • Bi7630 Comparative Physiology of Invertebrates
  • Bi6111 Behavioural Methods in Physiology
  • Bachelor work leadership:
  • Since 2004 28 Bachelor works
  • Master work leaderhip:
  • Since 1995 37 Diploma works
  • Ph.D. leadership:
  • Soukopová (defended 2004)
  • Kvíčalová (2016)
  • Tomanová (2016)
  • Slabý (2018)
  • Bartoš (2019)
  • Netušil (2021)
Research activities
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Ethophysiology
  • Behavioural neurobiology
  • Animal magnetoreception
  • Circadian clock control
Professional stays abroad
  • Research stays:
  • 2013 – Research stay at Mendel polar station on Jamess Ross island
  • 2002-2003: Virginia Tech University, USA, prof. J. Phillips lab, Fulbright fundation
  • 1999: Univerzity Marburg, Germany, prof. U. Homberg lab, DAAD
  • Short stays:
  • 2002 Wienna, 1999 Poznaň, 1994 Hannover, 2012 Toulouse, 2013-2016 Marburg
University Activities
  • 1999-2002: member of the Academic senate of the Faculty of Science MU 2010-2018: guarantor of Ph.D. study program Animal Physiology Since 2008 guarantor of M.Sc. education program Experimental Animal Biology and Immunology.
Other academic activities, research projects, grants
  • Principal investigator of research projects:
  • GAČR 2001-2003 Verification of magnetoreception of mealworm beetle
  • GAČR 2005-2008 Analysis of magnetoreception behviour of laboratory insect species
  • GAČR 2007-2010 Neural fundaments of insect magnetoreception
  • GAČR 2013-2015 Physiological and functional genetic analysis of magnetoreception on an insect model
  • GAMU 2019-2021 At the Cross-road of Magnetic Fields and Light: A New Perspective of circadian Clock Control
Memberships, WOS indexes
  • 2001-present: member of the Czech and Slovak Ethologiocal Society
  • 2008-present: member of the Royal Institue of Navigation
  • 2016-2020: member of European Society for Photobiology
  • publications: 17, H-index: 10, citations: 307
Selected Publications
  • VÁCHA, Martin. Invertebrate Magnetoreception – In Between Orientation and General Sensitivity. In Fritzsch, B. and Bleckmann, H. The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference. 2. vyd. Academic Press: Elsevier, 2020. s. 445-458. ISBN 978-0-12-805408-6. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.24159-X. URL info
  • BARTOŠ, Přemysl, Pavel SLABÝ, Radek NETUŠIL, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ, David DOLEŽEL a Martin VÁCHA. Radiofrequency noise modifies the insect sense of time. In 10th RIN Conference on Animal Navigation 10-12 April 2019 Royal Holloway College, UK. 2019. info
  • BARTOŠ, Přemysl, Radek NETUŠIL, Pavel SLABÝ, David DOLEŽEL, Thorsten RITZ a Martin VÁCHA. Weak radiofrequency fields affect the insect circadian clock. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. LONDON: ROYAL SOC, 2019, roč. 16, č. 158, s. 1-4. ISSN 1742-5689. doi:10.1098/rsif.2019.0285. URL info
  • SLABÝ, Pavel, Přemysl BARTOŠ, Jakub KARAS, Radek NETUŠIL, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ a Martin VÁCHA. How swift is Cry-mediated magnetoreception? Conditioning in an American cockroach shows sub-second response. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Frontiers Research Foundation, 2018, roč. 12, č. 107, s. 1-10. ISSN 1662-5153. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00107. info
  • NETUŠIL, Radek, Tomáš PECKA a Martin VÁCHA. Weak radiofrequency fields rather cancel than only modify the magnetic navigation of insects. In Spatial Cognition 2018 Tuebingen. 2018. info
  • NETUŠIL, Radek, Tomáš PECKA a Martin VÁCHA. Vliv radiofrekvenčních polí na magnetorecepci hmyzu. In Zoologické dny 2017. 2017. info
  • PECKA, Tomáš, Radek NETUŠIL, Pavel SLABÝ, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ a Martin VÁCHA. Magnetorecepce hmyzu funguje i při červeném světle. In Zoologické dny 2017. 2017. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin. Magnetoreception of invertebrates. In John H. Byrne. The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. s. 1-40. ISBN 978-0-19-045675-7. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456757.013.16. info
  • BAZALOVÁ, Olga, Markéta KVÍČALOVÁ, Tereza VÁLKOVÁ, Pavel SLABÝ, Přemysl BARTOŠ, Radek NETUŠIL, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ, Peter BRAEUNIG, How-Jing LEE, Ivo ŠAUMAN, Milena DAMULEWICZ, Jan PROVAZNIK, Richard POKORNY, David DOLEZEL a Martin VÁCHA. Cryptochrome 2 mediates directional magnetoreception in cockroaches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. WASHINGTON: National Academy of Sciences, 2016, roč. 113, č. 6, s. 1660-1665. ISSN 0027-8424. doi:10.1073/pnas.1518622113. info
  • NETUŠIL, Radek, Pavel SLABÝ, Přemysl BARTOŠ, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ, Jakub KARAS a Martin VÁCHA. Magnetically induced freezing in cockroach. Effect of interstimulus interval. In RIN 16 Orientation & Navigation. 2016. info
  • TOMANOVÁ, Kateřina a Martin VÁCHA. The magnetic orientation of the Antarctic amphipod Gondogeneia antarctica is cancelled by very weak radiofrequency fields. Journal of Experimental Biology. CAMBRIDGE: COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS LTD, 2016, roč. 219, č. 11, s. 1717-1724. ISSN 0022-0949. doi:10.1242/jeb.132878. info
  • SLABÝ, Pavel, Kateřina TOMANOVÁ a Martin VÁCHA. Cattle on pastures do align along the North–South axis, but the alignment depends on herd density. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 2013, roč. 199, č. 8, s. 695-701. ISSN 0340-7594. doi:10.1007/s00359-013-0827-5. info
  • VÁLKOVÁ, Tereza a Martin VÁCHA. How do honeybees use their magnetic compass? Can they see the North? Bulletin of Entomological Research. 2012, roč. 102, č. 4, s. 461-467. ISSN 0007-4853. doi:10.1017/S0007485311000824. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin, Markéta KVÍČALOVÁ a Tereza VÁLKOVÁ. American cockroaches prefer four cardinal geomagnetic positions at rest. Behaviour. 2010, roč. 147, č. 4, s. 425-440. ISSN 0005-7959. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin, Tereza PŮŽOVÁ a Markéta KVÍČALOVÁ. Radiofrequency magnetic fields disrupt magnetoreception in American cockroach. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2009, roč. 212, č. 21, s. 3473-3477. ISSN 0022-0949. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin, Tereza PŮŽOVÁ a Dana DRŠTKOVÁ. Ablation of Antennae Does Not Disrupt Magnetoreceptive Behavioural Reaction of the American Cockroach to Periodically Rotated Geomagnetic Field. Neuroscience Letters. Elsevier, 2008, roč. 435, č. 2, s. 103-107. ISSN 0304-3940. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin, Dana DRŠTKOVÁ a Tereza PŮŽOVÁ. Tenebrio beetles use magnetic inclination compass. Naturwissenschaften. 2008, roč. 95, č. 8, s. 761-765. ISSN 0028-1042. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin, Tereza PŮŽOVÁ a Dana DRŠTKOVÁ. Effect of light spectrum wavelength on magnetic compass orientation in Tenebrio molitor. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 2008, roč. 194, x, s. 853-859. ISSN 0340-7594. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin. Tenebrio beetle pupae show a conditioned behavioural response to pulse rotations of a geomagnetic field. Journal of Physiological Entomology. 2007, roč. 32, č. 4, s. 336-342. ISSN 0307-6962. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin. Laboratory behavioural assay of insect magnetoreception: magnetosensitivity of Periplaneta americana. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2006, roč. 209, č. 19, s. 3897-3901. ISSN 0022-0949. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin a Helena NEJEZCHLEBOVÁ. Magnetic orientation in the mealworm beetle Tenebrio molitor and the effect of light. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 2004, roč. 207, č. 7, s. 1241-1248. ISSN 0022-0949. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin. The influence of static, homogenous magnetic field (B=320mT) on extracardiac pulsations of Tenebrio molitor pupae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). J. Insect. Physiol. 1997, roč. 43, č. 11, s. 629-636. ISSN 0022-1910. info
  • VÁCHA, Martin. Magnetic orientation in insects. Biologia. Bratislava: Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1997, roč. 52, č. 5, s. 629-636. ISSN 0006-3088. info


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