Mgr. Zdeněk Farka, Ph.D.


Office: bud. C05/237
Kamenice 753/5
625 00 Brno

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Curriculum Vitae

Person Identification
  • Mgr. Zdeněk Farka, Ph.D.
    born December 26, 1989 in Brno, Czech Republic
Workplace
  • Department of Biochemistry
    Faculty of Science
    Masaryk University
    Kamenice 5
    625 00 Brno
Employment Position
  • Assistant Professor
Education and Academic Qualifications
  • 2014–2017: Ph.D. in Structural Biology, Masaryk University
    Thesis: Bioelectronic interfaces studied with scanning probe microscopy
  • 2012–2014: Mgr. (M.Sc.) in Analytical Biochemistry (with honors), Masaryk University
    Thesis: Interaction of antibodies with microbial cells studied using biosensors
  • 2009–2012: Bc. (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry (with honors), Masaryk University
    Thesis: Interaction of antibodies with Bacillus atrophaeus studied using biosensors
Professional Experience
  • 2020–present: Assistant Professor
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2018–2020: Senior Researcher
    CEITEC MU, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2017: Research Specialist
    CEITEC MU, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2011–2016: Seven Work agreements in total length of 29 months
    CEITEC MU and Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Teaching Activities
  • Supervision of Students:
    Dissertation theses (Ph.D.): 1× consultant (1 active)
    Master’s degree theses (Mgr.): 3× supervisor (3 active), 3× consultant (1 graduate, 2 active), 7× reviewer
    Bachelor’s degree theses (Bc.): 6× supervisor (3 graduates, 3 active), 2× consultant (2 graduates), 5× reviewer
  • Teaching:
    C3600 Biochemistry – laboratory course
    C4700 Special Biochemical Methods – practice
    C5850 Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry
    C5855 Methods in Biophysical Chemistry
    C5856 Methods in Biophysical Chemistry – seminar
    C9320 Methods of biochemical research
    S3002 Nanobiotechnology
Scientific and Research Projects
  • 2020–2022: GAČR Junior (Research team member)
    Expanding the linear paradigm of the polymethine dyes; 5,600,000 CZK
  • 2019–2021: MŠMT INTER-ACTION Bavaria (Principal Investigator)
    Sensitive bioanalytical tools for the surveillance of honey bee diseases; 1,200,000 CZK
  • 2017–2019: TAČR ZETA (Principal Investigator)
    Immunoassay for rapid diagnostics of European foulbrood; 2,700,000 CZK
  • 2018: COST, Short-Term Scientific Mission (Principal Investigator)
    Enhancing properties of upconversion-linked immunoassays by reducing non-specific binding; 2,000 €
  • 2018: COST, Short-Term Scientific Mission (Principal Investigator)
    Magnetic microspheres for enhancing the sensitivity of upconversion-linked immunoassays; 2,000 €
  • 2017: TAČR GAMA, Proof-of-Concept subproject via CTT MU (Principal Investigator)
    Point-of-care immunosensor for detection of pathogenic bacteria in food; 670,000 CZK
  • 2016: COST, Short-Term Scientific Mission (Principal Investigator)
    Electrophoretic purification of photon-upconversion nanomaterials for upconversion microscopy; 2,400 €
Academical Stays
  • 2020: Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany (PD Dr. Hans-Heiner Gorris), 2 months
  • 2019: COBRA laboratory - Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Reactivity and Analysis, University of Rouen, France (prof. Niko Hildebrandt), 1 month
  • 2019: Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany (PD Dr. Hans-Heiner Gorris), 2 months
  • 2018: Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany (PD Dr. Hans-Heiner Gorris), 3 months
  • 2016: Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany (PD Dr. Hans-Heiner Gorris), 3 months
  • 2015: Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany (PD Dr. Hans-Heiner Gorris), 1 month
  • 2014: Research group Proteomics, CEITEC MU, Czech Republic (doc. RNDr. Zbyněk Zdráhal, Dr.), 2 months
  • 2012: Department of Bioanalytical Instrumentation, Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic (Ing. František Foret, CSc.), 1 month
Non-university Activities
  • Guest editor in Monatshefte für Chemie
  • Reviewer in:
    ACS: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Applied Nano Materials, Analytical Chemistry
    Elsevier: Analytica Chimica Acta, Bioelectrochemistry, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Biosystems Engineering, Environmental Pollution, Sensors and Actuators: B Chemical
    Future Science Group: Nanomedicine
    MDPI: Applied Sciences, Biosensors, Molecules, Nanomaterials, Sensors, Toxins
    RSC: Lab on a Chip, Nanoscale
    Springer Nature: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemical Papers, Monatshefte für Chemie, Scientific Reports
  • Lecturer of Certified courses of Origin for Czech Republic (DataScript s.r.o.) and MP-SPR (Chromspec spol. s r.o.)
Awards
  • 2019: Small Bronze Medal of MU, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2019: Honorable Mention in Dr. Tasilo Prnka Prize, NANOCON 2019, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2018: First prize in Jean-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry, Solvay and Embassy of France in the Czech Republic
  • 2018: Second prize in Shimadzu Award for young chemists and biologists, 70. Congress of the Czech and Slovak Chemical Societies
  • 2017: Dean’s Award, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2017: CEITEC MU Award for extraordinary scientific contribution for the scientists under the age of 35, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2017: Honorable Mention in Dr. Tasilo Prnka Prize, NANOCON 2017, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2016: Best Poster Prize in Symposium 02, 67th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2016: First prize in Biomaterials section, Interdisciplinary Meeting of Young Biologists, Biochemists and Chemists, Milovy, Czech Republic
  • 2016: First prize in Young scientists’ section, XVI. Workshop of Physical Chemists and Electrochemists, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2014: Rector’s Award for the Best Students in Master’s Programmes, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2014: First prize in Young scientists’ section, XIV. Workshop of Physical Chemists and Electrochemists, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2013: Dean’s Award, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2012: First prize in Young scientists’ section, XII. Workshop of Physical Chemists and Electrochemists, Brno, Czech Republic
Selected Publications
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Matthias Jürgen MICKERT, Zuzana MIKUŠOVÁ, Antonín HLAVÁČEK, Pavla BOUCHALOVÁ, Wenshu XU, Pavel BOUCHAL, Petr SKLÁDAL a Hans-Heiner GORRIS. Surface design of photon-upconversion nanoparticles for high-contrast immunocytochemistry. Nanoscale, Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020, roč. 12, č. 15, s. 8303-8313. ISSN 2040-3364. doi:10.1039/C9NR10568A. URL info
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Matthias Jürgen MICKERT, Matěj PASTUCHA, Zuzana MIKUŠOVÁ, Petr SKLÁDAL a Hans-Heiner GORRIS. Advances in Optical Single-Molecule Detection: En Route to Supersensitive Bioaffinity Assays. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2020, roč. 59, č. 27, s. 10746-10773. ISSN 1433-7851. doi:10.1002/anie.201913924. URL info
  • PELTOMAA, Riikka, Zdeněk FARKA, Matthias Jürgen MICKERT, Julian C. BRANDMEIER, Matěj PASTUCHA, Antonín HLAVÁČEK, Mónica MARTÍNEZ-ORTS, Ángeles CANALES, Petr SKLÁDAL, Elena BENITO-PEÑA, María C. MORENO-BONDI a Hans-Heiner GORRIS. Competitive upconversion-linked immunoassay using peptide mimetics for the detection of the mycotoxin zearalenone. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Elsevier B.V., 2020, roč. 170, č. 112683, s. 1-9. ISSN 0956-5663. doi:10.1016/j.bios.2020.112683. URL info
  • POLÁCHOVÁ, Veronika, Matěj PASTUCHA, Zuzana MIKUŠOVÁ, Matthias Jürgen MICKERT, Antonín HLAVÁČEK, Hans-Heiner GORRIS, Petr SKLÁDAL a Zdeněk FARKA. Click-conjugated photon-upconversion nanoparticles in an immunoassay for honeybee pathogen Melissococcus plutonius. Nanoscale, Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019, roč. 11, č. 17, s. 8343-8351. ISSN 2040-3364. doi:10.1039/C9NR01246J. URL info
  • MICKERT, Matthias Jürgen, Zdeněk FARKA, Uliana KOSTIV, Antonín HLAVÁČEK, Daniel HORÁK, Petr SKLÁDAL a Hans-Heiner GORRIS. Measurement of Sub-femtomolar Concentrations of Prostate-Specific Antigen through Single-Molecule Counting with an Upconversion-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Analytical Chemistry, Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2019, roč. 91, č. 15, s. 9435-9441. ISSN 0003-2700. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.9b02872. URL info
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Veronika ČUNDERLOVÁ, Veronika HORÁČKOVÁ, Matěj PASTUCHA, Zuzana MIKUŠOVÁ, Antonín HLAVÁČEK a Petr SKLÁDAL. Prussian Blue Nanoparticles as a Catalytic Label in a Sandwich Nanozyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Analytical Chemistry, Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2018, roč. 90, č. 3, s. 2348-2354. ISSN 0003-2700. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b04883. URL info
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Tomáš JUŘÍK, David KOVÁŘ, Libuše TRNKOVÁ a Petr SKLÁDAL. Nanoparticle-Based Immunochemical Biosensors and Assays: Recent Advances and Challenges. Chemical Reviews, Washington, D.C., USA: American Chemical Society, 2017, roč. 117, č. 15, s. 9973-10042. ISSN 0009-2665. doi:10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00037. URL info
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Matthias J. MICKERT, Antonín HLAVÁČEK, Petr SKLÁDAL a Hans H. GORRIS. Single Molecule Upconversion-Linked Immunosorbent Assay with Extended Dynamic Range for the Sensitive Detection of Diagnostic Biomarkers. Analytical Chemistry, Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2017, roč. 89, č. 21, s. 11825-11830. ISSN 0003-2700. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.7b03542. URL info
  • HLAVÁČEK, Antonín, Zdeněk FARKA, Maria HUEBNER, Veronika HORŇÁKOVÁ, Daniel NĚMEČEK, Reinhard NIESSNER, Petr SKLÁDAL, Dietmar KNOPP a Hans Heiner GORRIS. Competitive Upconversion-Linked Immunosorbent Assay for the Sensitive Detection of Diclofenac. Analytical Chemistry, Washington, D.C., USA: American Chemical Society, 2016, roč. 88, č. 11, s. 6011-6017. ISSN 0003-2700. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.6b01083. URL info
  • FARKA, Zdeněk, Tomáš JUŘÍK, Matěj PASTUCHA a Petr SKLÁDAL. Enzymatic Precipitation Enhanced Surface Plasmon Resonance Immunosensor for the Detection of Salmonella in Powdered Milk. Analytical Chemistry, Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2016, roč. 88, č. 23, s. 11830-11836. ISSN 0003-2700. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.6b03511. URL info

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