Department of Biology at Masaryk University

Department of Biology is theoretical department at Faculty of Medicine with a focus on research, cooperation, training and raising new scientists.

Currently, we are particularly interested in embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell research, cell signalling, genome instability and DNA repair, bacterial genetics and genomics, and cancer biology.

Contact and location

Our mission

Multidisciplinary approach

Advances in biomedicine depend on multidisciplinary approaches, in which knowledge and technology from diverse areas of biology and medicine intersect to inspire new ideas and discoveries. Thus, our aim is to create an environment for high-achieving scientists with several diverse groundbreaking research programmes and build up an internationally renowned department.

Cooperation with major institutions

Heading in the Masaryk University campus in Brno-Bohunice, the Department of Biology is ideally situated for interactions with Brno's major hospital Faculty Hospital Bohunice and several internationally recognized groups in the neighbouring National Centre for Biomolecular Research and Department of Functional Genomics and Proteomics of the Faculty of Sciences.

Innovative education programme

Our teaching curriculum is designed to educate and train medical students to become clinicians and researchers who can acquire and assimilate increasing knowledge of human health and disease-related cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Our ambition is to develop an innovative and highly dynamic education programme that will be based on the expert knowledge of group leaders and principal scientists of the Department.

We focus on research

Our research

Our history dates back to 1919

The Department of Biology was established in 1919, shortly after Masaryk University and its Faculty of Medicine were founded. At the beginning it was housed in the old military barracks on Údolni Street no. 73.

The first to chair it were Edward Babák, physiologist, and František K. Studnička, histologist, who both focused primarily on teaching general biology.

Historical timeline