Assoc. prof. Aleš Pečinka

Group Leader
Šlechtitelů 31, 779 00 Olomouc
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Curriculum Vitae

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Education and Academic Degrees

  • 2017 – Privat Dozent (habilitation), Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Bochum, Germany.
  • 2005 – Ph.D., University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany.
  • 2001–2005 – Ph.D. studies, Leibnitz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany.
  • 2001 – Mgr., Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
  • 1996–2001 – Mgr. studies, Palacky University, Dept. of Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Position and Employment

  • 2017–present – Group leader, Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i. (IEB), Olomouc, Czechia.
  • 2014–2017 – Guest lecturer, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Dept. of Plant Physiology, head Prof. Dr. Ute Krämer, Bochum, Germany.
  • 2015–2017 – Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ), Cologne, Germany.
  • 2010–2015 – Project leader, MPIPZ, Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics, director Prof. Dr. Maarten Koornneef, Cologne, Germany.
  • 2006–2010 – Post-doc, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), Vienna, Austria.

Research Focus

Chromatin, Epigenetics, DNA damage repair, SMC5/6 complex, DNA protein crosslinks, Seed development, Arabidopsis, Barley.


2018 – Purkyne Fellowship from the Czech Academy of Sciences. 
2018 – Editorial board member of Cytologia – Journal of the Japan Mendel Society.

Publication Activity

Journal publications: 44
Book chapters: 4
Lifetime citations (WoS): 2019 (without self-citations: 1923)
H-index: 22 (WoS)


Five Selected Publications

  • Díaz M, Pecinkova P, Nowicka A, Baroux C, Sakamoto T, Gandha PY, Jeřábková H, Matsunaga S, Grossniklaus U, Pecinka A (2019): SMC5/6 complex subunit NSE4A is involved in DNA damage repair and seed development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 31:1579-1597 (JIF 2018/2019: 8.63).
  • Willing E.M., Piofczyk T., Albert A., Winkler J.B., Schneeberger K., Pecinka A. (2016): UVR2 ensures transgenerational genome stability under simulated natural UV-B in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications 7:13522. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13522.
  • Pietzenuk B., Markus C., Gaubert H., Bagwan N., Merotto A., Bucher E., Pecinka A. (2016): Recurrent evolution of heat-responsiveness in Brassicaceae COPIA elements. Genome Biology 17:209 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-1072-3.
  • Liu C-H, Finke A, Diaz M, Rozhon W, Poppenberger B, Baubec T, Pecinka A. (2015): Repair of DNA Damage Induced by the Cytidine Analog Zebularine Requires ATR and ATM in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell doi/10.1105/tpc.114.135467.
  • Baubec T, Finke A, Mittelsten Scheid O, Pecinka A. Meristem-specific expression of epigenetic regulators safeguards transposon silencing in Arabidopsis. EMBO Reports doi: 10.1002/embr.201337915 (2014).