Doc. Ing. Jan Vacek, Ph.D.

Jan Vacek (Assoc. Prof. Ing. Ph.D.)










Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hněvotínská 3

775 15 Olomouc, Czech Republic


tel: +420 585 63 2303



Research Topics:

  • electroanalytical chemistry and biophysical methods for nucleic acids and protein research
  • sensors and electronics for the study of DNA- and protein-drug interactions
  • functional polymers and the development of new microelectrode-based approaches



2005 – 2009

research position (Institute of Biophysics ASCR in Brno)

2009 – 2013

assistant professor (Palacky University in Olomouc)

from 2013

associate professor (Palacky University in Olomouc)


Education and postgraduate training:

1997 – 2001

secondary school (Secondary technical school of chemistry in Brno)

2001 – 2005

undergraduate study (Mendel university in Brno)

2005 – 2009

Ph.D. study (Masaryk university in Brno)



  • International Society of Electrochemistry
  • Bioelectrochemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Czech Chemical Society
  • Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Czech Society of Clinical Biochemistry


Teaching activites:

  • J.V. is the guarantor and lecturer of Medical Chemistry for Czech and international dentistry students, and tutorial lecturer of Biochemistry for international general medicine students.
  • From 2015, J.V. is also member of the doctoral committee for Ph.D.s in Medicinal chemistry and clinical biochemistry at Palacky University.


Research Fellowships:

  • 2008, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • 2011, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China
  • 2012, University in Limoges, France


Grant Projects (current, J.V. as principal investigator):

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, No. 1468/2007
  • The Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, No. P503/11/P312
  • Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, No. FR-TI4/457
  • The Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, No. 14-08032S
  • European Cooperation in Science and Technology, EU COST Action BM1203 EU-ROS and COST Action CM1206 EXIL (J.V. as MC member)
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project No. LD14033



  • 100 papers, with more than 1,800 citations without self-citations
  • H-index 24
  • Patents: PV 2012-266, 2012-222 and 2014-30507
  • J.V. is the (co)author of 2 books: J. Vacek, B. Klejdus: Chromatography in the Research of Phenolic Secondary Metabolites, In: Chromatography Types, Techniques and Methods (Ed.: T. J. Quintin), p. 323-345, Nova science Publishers, Inc. (ISBN: 978-1-60876-316-0), New York, 2010. N. Cibicek, J. Vacek (Eds.): Principles and Applications of Analytical Methods in Laboratory Medicine, Palacky University (ISBN: 978-80-244-3951-8), Olomouc, 2014.


Recent publications:

  • Storch, J. Zadny, T. Strasak, M. Kubala, J. Sykora, M. Dusek, V. Cirkva, P. Matejka, M. Krbal, J. Vacek, Synthesis and Characterization of a helicene-based imidazolium salt and its application in organic molecular electronics, Chem. Eur. J. 21, 2343-2347, 2015
  • Havlikova, M. Zatloukalova, J. Ulrichova, P. Dobes, J. Vacek, Electrocatalytic assay for monitoring methylglyoxal-mediated protein glycation, Anal. Chem. 87, 1757-1763, 2015
  • Riman, Z. Bartosova, V. Halouzka, J. Vacek, D. Jirovsky, J. Hrbac, Facile preparation of nanostructured coppercoated carbon microelectrodes for amperometric sensing of carbohydrates, RSC Adv. 5, 31245–31249, 2015
  • Vacek, J. Hrbac, M. Svarc, Recent trends in technology of flow electrochemical detectors, CheMagazin, 25, 8-9, 2015
  • Hrouzek, A. Kapuscik, J. Vacek, K. Voracova, J. Paichlova, P. Kosina, L. Voloshko, S. Ventura, J. Kopecky, Cytotoxicity evaluation of large cyanobacterial strain set using selected human and murine in vitro cell models, Ecotox. Environ. Safety, 124, 177-185, 2016
  • Pyszkova, M. Biler, D. Biedermann, K. Valentova, M. Kuzma, J. Vrba, J. Ulrichova, R. Sokolova, M. Mojovic, A. Popovic-Bijelic, M. Kubala, P. Trouillas, V. Kren, J. Vacek, Flavonolignan 2,3-dehydroderivatives: Preparation, antiradical and cytoprotective activity, Free Rad. Biol. Med. 90, 114–125, 2016


Recent Active and Invited Presentations:

  • J.V. was recently invited as an invited and keynote speaker to the 8th Annual World Protein & Peptide Conference 2015 (China) and to the 66th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Taiwan), respectively.
  • J.V. was also invited as a young chairman to the Bioelectrochemistry 2013 ISE meeting in Bochum (Germany) and the 66th Annual Meeting of ISE 2015 (Taiwan).


Recent Awards:

  • Elsevier award for most cited paper – top 10 (JPBA) 2012
  • Participation Award of the 63rd Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, Lindau, 2013
  • Palacky University Career Award, 2014
  • Early Career Analytical Electrochemistry Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry, 2014
  • Best Educational Material Prize, Czech Society of Clinical Biochemistry, 2015