Staff

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Jancura, PhD.

Head of Department

Associate professor at Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Safarik University in Kosice (UPJS), PhD. degree in Biophysics (1999), Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia), associate professor in Biophysics at UPJS from 2009. Specialist in molecular biophysics and molecular bioenergetics, recent research interests: structure and stability of biomacromolecules and their complexes with low molecular ligands, construction and characterization of lipoprotein based drug delivery systems, catalytical mechanism of cytochrome c oxidase.

Assoc. prof. Gregor Bánó, PhD.

Vice Head of Department

Gregor Bánó received an M.S. degree in 1997 at Charles Univ. in Prague, Czech Rep. (physical electronics and plasma physics) and a PhD in 2003 at Univ. of Szeged, Hungary (optics and opto-electronics). He held research position at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics in Budapest (Hungary) from 2001–2006, and joined the Department of Biophysics at P.J.Šafárik Univ. in Košice in 2007. His present research interest is focused on the experimental investigation of drug transport phenomena by means of different laser spectroscopic techniques.

Prof., RNDr. Pavol Miškovský, PhD., DrSc.

Guarantee of undergraduate and doctoral study in Biophysics

Specialist in biophotonics. PhD degree in Biophysics (1986), Charles University, Prague, D.Sc. degree in Biophysics (2000), Comenius University Bratislava, full professor in Physics (2000). Director of Master and Doctoral study in Biophysics, UPJS, Kosice, Slovakia. President of the committee for D.Sc. in Biophysics in Slovak Republic.

RNDr. Branislav Brutovský, CSc.

Branislav Brutovský received PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics in 1998 at Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Science in Kosice. Presently, his research focuses on the applications of evolutionary optimization, simulation and prediction techniques to solve broad range of problems at the interface of physics, biology and medicine.

RNDr. Gabriela Fabriciová, PhD.

Assistant professor at the Department of Biophysics. Specialist in Raman spectroscopy. M.S. degree in Biophysics in 1994 at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice (Slovakia). Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1998 at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia). Postdoctoral studies at Institute for the Structure of Matter, CSIC in Madrid (Spain).

RNDr. Zuzana Jurašeková, PhD.

Senior researcher at the Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Science, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice.

Specialist in Raman and SERS spectroscopy; Recent research interest: material characterization, cultural heritage analysis, detection of environmental pollutants, drug-biomacromolecule interaction, molecular paleontology, Raman imaging

RNDr. Zuzana Naďová, PhD.

Specialist in molecular biology, protein chemistry and metabolic pathways, senior researcher at the Dpt. of Biophysics, UPJS. PhD degree in general biology/microbiology (2001) UPJS, Slovakia. Research training: Inst. of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic (3 years – postdoctoral stay), several short term fellowships at ANBioPhy, Univ. Paris VI, France. Research expertise: mol. biology, cell metabolic pathways, cell biophysics, fluorescent imaging

Assoc. Prof. Katarína Stroffekova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at Dept. of Biophysics, UPJS, Košice
RNDr degree in Biophysics Magna cum laude (1986) Comenium University, Bratislava
PhD degree in Biophysics (1997), Institute of Molecular Physiology and Genetics, SAS Bratislava.
International research expertise: Postdoct. Assistant, Dept Mol & Cell Physiol, College of Medicine, Univ of Cincinnati, OH (USA) (3 yrs); Postdoct.Assistant, Dept Biomed Sciences, College of Vet. Medicine and Biomed. Sciences, Colorado State University, CO (USA) (5 yrs). Research expertise: Cell biophysics, Ca2+ homeostasis in cell physiology, cell metabolism, cell signalling in apoptosis and proliferation, role of ion channels in cell physiology, electrophysiology of ion channels, confocal fluorescent microscopy, molecular biology.

Assoc. prof. Jozef Uličný, PhD.

Graduated in 1985, in Biophysics and chemical physics, Safarik University Kosice. PhD in the Physics of condensed matter and acoustics 1996. Habilitation in 2003 (Assoc. Prof.). Using computers to solve biomedicinal problems:
• molecular modeling and simulations
• molecular quantum mechanics
• quantitative modeling of reaction networks (systems biology)
• less traditional optimization techniques

Doctoral students

MSc. Francisca Belén Fuenzalida Sandoval

From 2019 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice

Thesis Title: Development of nanosensors based on plasmonic-enhanced optical spectroscopy for molecular sensitive and selective detection
Supervisor: prof. RNDr. Pavol Miškovský, DrSc. (TIP, P. J. Safarik University in Kosice)

MSc. (2019) in Chemical Sciences, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Master's Thesis Title: Bio-coated nanoparticles for the identification of sulfonated anionic dyes.

MSc. Martin Berta

From 2017 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: Study of stability and solubility of selected G-protein coupled receptors
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Erik Sedlák, PhD. (CIB, TIP-P. J. Šafárik University in Košice)

MSc. (2017) in Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: The effect of perturbation of heme region on peroxidase-like activity of cytochrome c

Veronika Džupponová

From 2019 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: Molecular mechanism of colloidal stability of immunoglobulins
Supervisor: RNDr. Gabriel Žoldák, PhD. (CIB, TIP-P. J. Šafárik University in Košice)

MSc. (2019) in Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: Alcohol dehydrogenase enzymatic activity in the presence of Hofmeister serie anions

MSc. Veronika Dzurillová

From 2019 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: Utilization of ribosome display in development of enzymes
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Erik Sedlák, PhD. (CIB, TIP-P. J. Šafárik University in Košice)

MSc. (2019) in Genetics and Molecular Cytology, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: Optimization of ribosome display for modification of properties of integral membrane protein

MSc. Alba Espina García

From 2017 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice; from 2018 to present – PhD Student in Química Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (Double Diploma Programme)

Thesis Title: Spectroscopic Characterization of Ferrogallic inks and related pigments with interest in the Cultural Heritage
Supervisor: RNDr. Zuzana Jurašeková, PhD. (P. J. Safarik University in Kosice); dr. Santiago Sánchez-Cortés (IEM CSIC Madrid, Spain)

MSc. (2016) in Science and Technology of Materials, University of Oviedo, Spain
Master's Thesis Title: Vibrational characterization of synthetic pigments of historical interest to the cultural heritage by spectroscopic techniques based on non-destructive optical plasmonic effects

Michal Gala

From 2020 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: In silico engineering of complex biophysical properties of proteins
Supervisor: RNDr. Gabriel Žoldák, PhD. (CIB, TIP-P. J. Šafárik University in Košice)

MSc. (2020) in Genetics and Molecular Cytology, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: Bacterial stress protein phylogenesis and its role in adaptation to extreme enviroments

MSc. Andrej Hovan

From 2017 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: Interaction of singlet oxygen with bio-molecules
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Gregor Bánó, PhD.

MSc. (2017) in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: High-definition imaging of model organisms

MSc. Viktória Pevná

From 2020 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: Alternative treatment of damaged neuronal cells by photobiomodulation
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Katarína Štroffeková, PhD.

MSc. (2020) in Genetics and Molecular Cytology, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: Experimentálna terapia traumou poškodenej miechy laboratórneho potkana – elektrofyziologický prístup

MSc. Veronika Talafová

From 2018 to present – PhD Student in Biophysics, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Thesis Title: A study of the biophysical properties of recombinant spider silk proteins
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Erik Sedlák, PhD. (CIB, TIP-P. J. Šafárik University in Košice); dr. Martin Humenik (University of Bayreuth, Nemecko)

MSc. (2018) in Organic chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
Master's Thesis Title: Study of [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangements alylthiocyanates derived from D-xylose for synthesie oxazolomycine antibiotics