Jan Šafář Ph.D.

Group Leader
Šlechtitelů 31, 779 00 Olomouc
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Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Degrees

  • 1994 - 1999: M.Sc. at Masaryk University, Facculty of Sciences, Brno (General Biology)
  • 1999 - 2004: Ph.D. at Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc and Palacký university in Olomouc

Position and Employment

  • 2003 -2004: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Arizona, Plant Sciences, Tucson, USA
  • 2004 - 2010: Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenics and Cytometry, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2010 - 2017: Senior researcher, Centre of Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2017 - present: Group leader, Centre of Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2017 - present: Head of Application Laboratory for Agricultural Research, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Research Focus

  • construction of large-insert DNA libraries in plants
  • physical genome mapping
  • flowering time gene analysis in cereals
  • foreign rDNA in barley species
  • sex chromosome determination in plants


  • 2013:  "Outstanding Leadership Award" from International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Publication Activity

  • 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • 2 book chapters
  • 1302 citations (WoS)
  • H-index 20

Five Selected Publications

  • International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC): Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. Science 361(6403): 7191, 2018
  • Mahelka, V., Krak, K., Kopecký, D., Fehrer, J., Šafář, J., Bartoš, J., Hobza, R., Blavet, N., Blattner, F.R.: Multiple horizontal transfers of nuclear ribosomal genes between phylogenetically distinct grass lineages.  PNAS 114: 1726-1731, 2017.
  • Milec, Z., Valárik, M., Bartoš, J., Šafář, J.: Can a late bloomer become an early bird? Tools for flowering time adjustment.  Biotechnol. Adv. 32: 200-214, 2014.
  • Paux,E., Sourdille, P., Salse, J., Saintenac, C., Choulet, F., Leroy, P., Korol, A., Michalak, M., Kianian, S., Spielmeyer, W., Lagudah, E., Somers, D., Kilian, A., Alaux, M., Vautrin, S., Bergès, H., Eversole, K., Appels, R., Safar, J., Simkova, H., Dolezel, J., Bernard, M., Feuillet, C.: A Physical Map of the 1-Gigabase Bread Wheat chromosome 3B. Science 322, 101-104, 2008.
  • Šafář, J., Bartoš, J., Janda, J., Bellec, A., Kubaláková, M., Valárik, M., Pateyron, S., Weiserová, J., Tušková, R., Číhalíková, J., Vrána, J., Šimková, H., FaivreRampant, P ., Sourdille, P., Caboche, M., Bernard, M., Doležel, J., Chalhoub, B.: Dissecting large and complex genomes: flow sorting and BAC cloning of individual chromosomes from bread wheat. Plant Journal 39: 960-968, 2004.