Curriculum Vitae

Professional experiences

Laboratory of Pollen Biology, Institute of Experimental Botany Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, since 2016

  • Evolution of pollen specific genes

Department of Taxonomy, Institute of Botany Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, since 1999

  • Research areas: phylogeny, evolution and taxonomy of plants
  • Current projects:
    1. Evolution of the cytokinin coding genes
    2. Phylogeny and evolution of the Juncaceae
    3. Phylogeography of Saxifraga rosacea
  • Supervision of student projects and theses
  • Methods: phylogenetic analyses, molecular analyses, taxonomic expertise

Centre for Applied Genomics, Department of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (part time job), 2007-2011

Department of Taxonomy, Institute of Botany Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (student worker), 1997-1999

Teaching practical lessons from “Systematic and evolution of vascular plants” at Charles University Prague, 2001-2002

Teaching lesson “Molecular taxonomy of plants” during Biosystematics course at Charles University Prague, 2002

Education

2003 - PhD. in Botany, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University Prague and Institute of Botany AS CR (Research on phylogeny and evolution of the Juncaceae family)

1999 - MSc. in Systematic and Ecology of Vascular Plants, Faculty of Science, Charles University Prague (Thesis about population analysis of Saxifraga rosacea - thesis successfully defended for RNDr. degree in 2000

1997 - BSc. in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University Prague

Fellowships

2006 - SYNTHESIS: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 4 weeks

2006 - SYNTHESIS: The Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, 6 weeks

2004 - BMBG Berlin-Dahlem, IOPI Juncaceae Checklist remote editor training, 1 week

2001 - COBICE: Botanical institute University of Copenhagen, 3 months

2001 - SYS-RESOURCE: Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Kew, Jodrell Laboratory, 6 weeks

1999 - Hugo de Vries Laboratory, Amsterdam, training in methods of analysis of DNA, 1 week

Professional certified courses

2016 - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – Oeiras, Portugal, NGS Data Analyses - RNASeq and ChiPSeq analyses, 1 week

2012 - Communication and popularization of Science

2011 - How to communicate Science, Technological and economical competence for European research area

2011 - Workshop on Comparative Genomics, University of Maryland, 2 weeks

2009 - Eukaryotic genome annotation and analysis course, J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, 3 days

2009 - Recombinant proteins and proteomics, Merck, 1 day

2009 - Workshop on Molecular Evolution, University of Maryland, 3 weeks

2008 - Expression of recombinant proteins, Merck, 1 day

2002 - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – Oeiras, Portugal, Bioinformatics Course, 1 week

Editorial work

1999-2004 - IOPB Newsletter with J. Kirschner

since 2013 - Botanika, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Reviewer

Journals: Annals of Botany, Biologia, FEBS Journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Folia Geobotanica, Nature Protocols, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Preslia,  South African Journal of Botany, Systematic Botany, Taxon;

Expertise for habilitation: South Bohemian University; Expertise Grant Agencies: GA ČR, GA JU; Expertise for Head office of CAS

Member of committees

since 2010 - Willi Hennig Society, Committee for student presentations evaluation

since 2011 - Marie Stopes Student Travel Award

since 2012 - Kurt Milton Pickett Intercontinental Travel Awards

Symposia organized

2006 - International phylogenetic workshop: Phylogenetic Analysis: Theory and Practice Workshop of the Willi Hennig Society in Průhonice

Grants

Project leader of eight projects funded by Czech Science Foundation (3; 206/07/P147, P506/11/0774, 16–14649S), European Union Framework Program (4; FP5 - SYS-RESOURCE, COBICE and FP 6 - SYNTHESYS) and Grant Agency of Charles University (1).

Travel grants for active presentation of results at international conference and field trips were founded by Czech Literal Foundation (5; 2006-2010) and Monocots III./Grasses IV. Scientific organizing committee (1; 2003).

Participation in seven projects founded by Czech Science Foundation (6) and Higher Education Development Fund (1) including taxonomic study of Taraxacum, Key to the flora of the Czech Republic and Flora of the Czech Republic.

Publications

Twenty-three publications in peer-review journals (WoS; H-index 9, the papers have been cited in 256 publications), eight in peer-review not in WoS, five book chapters. For details see http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lenka_Zaveska_Drabkova/.

Six invited lectures; eighteen papers and eleven posters at international scientific conferences (evolution, phylogeny, systematics, molecular biology, physiology).

Main research fields

The main part of my research program is study of various aspects of plant phylogeny and evolution.

1.      Construction of phylogenetic trees is a powerful tool for understanding plant biology. Many different molecular markers have been so far used in phylogenetic studies to elucidate relationships within the plants. Recent project is aimed at the family of CKs, phytohormones affecting numerous developmental processes in plants. It addresses elucidation of phylogeny of UGT76C1, UGT76C2 and copies of cisZOG1 genes with the aim (1) to determine their distribution across the plant kingdom, (2) to unravel their evolution within the glucosyltransferase family using UGT76C1, UGT76C2 and cisZOG1 as markers in addition to the known phylogenetic signals and (3) to assess their significance in generation of mechanisms of hormonal homeostasis. In continuity to these approaches (4) structural and functional manifestation of UGT pathway will be characterized and (5) its biological significance within evolution of higher plants will be evaluated. (Czech Science Foundation projects 16–14649S, 2016–18; P506/11/0774, 2011-14). 

2.      I have been working on phylogeny and evolution of the Juncaceae family for sixteen years (e.g. Czech Science Foundation project 206/07/P147, 2007-09).

I published eighteen papers on this topic up to now (dealing with molecular evolution and phylogeny of the Juncus and Luzula; phylogenetic position of Oxychloë; usefulness of trnF pseudogene for Juncus phylogeny; improved extraction techniques for herbarium specimens; taxonomy of the Juncaceae (established new genus Oreojuncus) and nomenclature).

 I took part in projects of molecular taxonomic study of Taraxacum, Melampyrum (3 papers), Flora of the Czech Republic, Vol. 8 (Acoraceae, Araceae) and Key of the Flora of the Czech Republic (2002), as well.

In my research, I commonly use molecular biology methods (DNA extractions, PCR, RFLP and other “band” techniques, Sanger sequencing), annotation techniques and phylogenetic analyses (parsimony, likelihood, Bayesian inference and other connect analyses).