HR Excellence in Science

doc. RNDr. Roman Kuchta, Ph.D.

Position 1 Research Scientist - Laboratory of Helminthology
Evolutionary Parasitology
Institute of Parasitology

Position 2 Visitor center coordinator
Project Department
Technical and Administrative Service

Contact details +420 387775488,


Specialist in helminthology and aquatic parasitology including morphology, identification, diversity, ecology, phylogeny and evolution, life cycles, host-parasite relationships and transmission. Specialization in tapeworms (Cestoda) with focus on causative agents of human diphyllobothriosis and sparganosis (broad tapeworms).

 Academic titles: 

    • Assoc. Prof. in Parasitology (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic), 2018 
    • PhD. in Parasitology (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic), 2007 
“Systematics and biology of tapeworms (Eucestoda) of lower vertebrates”
    • RNDr. in Parasitology (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic), 2002
“Cestodes of the family Dilepididae (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea) from fish-eating birds in Mexico: a survey of species”
    • MSc. in Biology (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic), 2002
“Biology of freshwater species of the genus Eubothrium (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea), parasites of fish in Europe” 
    • BSc. in Biology (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic), 2000
“A comparative study of two sympatric species of the genus Eubothrium Nybelin, 1922 (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea) – parasites of salmonid fish”

    • Researcher ID: H-7828-2012
    • Scopus Author ID: 7005570408
    • ORCID: 0000-0002-4219-6924
    • Total of 98 scientific papers (23 as first author and 25 as corresponding author) 
19 book chapters
H-index 19
Total of 1190 citations according to SCI (May 2020)

    • Born: January 20, 1979, Ostrava, Czech Republic.
    • Short research stays abroad – Argentina (2017); Australia (2010); Brazil (2014); Bulgaria (2014); China (2015); Denmark (2015); France (2007); Japan (2007); Indonesia (2006, 2008); Korea (2015, 2018); Mexico (2014); Norway (2005, 2010, 2012); Peru (2004–2009); Russia (2004, 2007); Slovakia (several stays; 2005–2013); South Africa (2017); Svalbard (2008); Sweden (2010, 2012, 2019); Switzerland (several stays; 2003–2014); Thailand (2015); Ukraine (2012, 2013, 2015); United Kingdom (2000–2005, 2011, 2014); USA (2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2019); Vietnam and Cambodia (2010).
    • Long research stays abroad Fulbright Fellowship for (post)graduated study and research at University of Connecticut, USA (2009; No. 2008-21-03).
    • Invited lectures (8) – 2007: University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA; 2009: New England Association of Parasitologists meeting, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA; 2010: Slovak and Czech Parasitological Days, Liptovský Ján, Slovakia; 2014: 13th International Congress of Parasitology, Mexico City, Mexico; 2014: V4 Parasitological Meeting – Parasites in the Heart of Europe, Stará Lesná, Slovakia; 2015: Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Soeul, Korea; 2016: 12th Czech and Slovak Parasitological Days, Ledeč nad Sázavou, Czech Republic; 2018: 14th International Congress of Parasitology, Deagu, Korea
    • Honors: Otto Wichterle Award (2013) – given by the Czech Academy of Sciences to stimulate and encourage selected, exceptionally outstanding, promising young scientists.
    • Principal investigators of the project: GAAV KJB600960902 (2009–2011) “Origin and homology of attachment organs in lower tapeworms (Eucestoda)”;
 GAČR P506/12/1632 (2012–2016) "From fish to man and from water to the earth: evolutionary history of tapeworms parasitizing tetrapodes (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea)".
    • Co-worker on the projects of Czech Science Foundation: Scholz T. 524/04/0342 (2004–2006); 524/08/0885 (2008–2010); Levron C. P506/10/1994 (2010–2013); Gelnar M. (2012–2018) "ECIP – European Centre of Ichtyoparasitology"; Scholz T. 15-141985 (2015–2017); 19-28399X “AQUAPARA-OMICS” (2019–2023); ; T. Scholz INTER-ACTION LTAUSA18 (2019–2021).
    • Postdoctoral research associate of NSF project (PEET & PBI; Nos. 0818696 and 0818823) “A Survey of the Tapeworms (Cestoda: Platyhelminthes) from the Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth” (2008–2016) (see
    • Organisation of conferences: Czech and Slovak helminthological days (2002, 2003, 2011); The member of organizing committee of the "Fifth International Workshop on Cestode Systematics and Phylogeny", České Budějovice, Czech Republic (2005).
    • Lecturer at international courses in National University of Peruan Amazonia, Iquitos, Peru (UNAPI) (2005; 2006); Summer School of Fish Parasitology 2016: Parasites of Fish in Africa, Brno, Czech Republic (2016).
    • Journal editorial board: Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366)
    • Teaching at Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia (PřF JU): “Biology of helmints” (from 2016), “Practical Course of Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2000) and “Field Course of Marine Invertebrate Zoology” (from 2002). At University of Ostrava (PřF OU): “Introduction to the Parasitology (from 2012)”.
    • Supervisor at University of South Bohemia: 6 BSc. and 4 MSc. thesis finished.
    • Popularization of the science: 
– 3 articles in Czech natural journals Vesmír and Živa;
– participation in several programs in Czech Television and Czech Radio;
– tens of articles in journals and newspapers in Czech, but also some in international media such as CNN article in 2017 and 2019 (Kuchta et al. 2017. Emerg Inf Dis 23. a Kuchta et al. 2019. Emerg Inf Dis 25)
– series of articles and interviews about “alternative parasitology” 
– several presentations for public and schools;
– co-author of 2 photo exhibition and artist project “Gaia” 

Total found: 117 records
Barčák D., Fan C.K., Sonko P., Kuchta R., Scholz T., Orosová M., Chen H.-W., Oros M. (2021) Hidden diversity of the most basal tapeworms (Cestoda, Gyrocotylidea), the enigmatic parasites of holocephalans (Chimaeriformes) Scientific Reports volume 11: 5492 .
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-84613-y
Fraija-Fernández N., Waeschenbach A., Briscoe A., Hocking S., Kuchta R., Nyman T., Littlewood D. (2021) Evolutionary transitions in broad tapeworms (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) revealed by mitogenome and nuclear ribosomal operon phylogenetics Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 163: 107262.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107262
Hernandez Orts J., Hernández-Mena D.I., Pantoja C., Kuchta R., García N., Crespo E., Loizaga R. (2021) A visitor of tropical waters: first record of a Clymene dolphin (Stenella clymene) in the Patagonian coast of Argentina, with comments on diet and metazoan parasites Frontiers in Marine Science 8: 310.
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.658975
Hernandez Orts J., Kuzmina T., Gomez-Puerta L.A., Kuchta R. (2021) Diphyllobothrium sprakeri n. sp. (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidae): a hidden broad tapeworm from sea lions off North and South America. Parasites and Vectors 14: 219.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-021-04661-1
Hernandez Orts J., Scholz T., Loizaga R., García N., Crespo E., Kuchta R. (2021) Marine fish imported from Argentina as a possible source of human diphyllobothriosis in Europe? Ecological evidence from dolphins Zoonoses and Public Health 6: 691-695.
DOI: 10.1111/zph.12838
Kráľová-Hromadová I., Radačovská A., Čisovská Bazsalovicsová E., Kuchta R. (2021) Chapter Three - Ups and downs of infections with the broad fish tapeworm Dibothriocephalus latus in Europe from 1900 to 2020: Part I Advances in Parasitology 114: 75-166.
DOI: 10.1016/bs.apar.2021.08.008
Kuchta R., Kołodziej-Sobocińska M., Brabec J., Młocicki D., Salamatin R., Scholz T. (2021) Sparganosis (Spirometra) in Europe in the molecular era Clinical Infectious Diseases 72: 882–890.
DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1036
Kuzmina T., Kuzmin Y., Dzeverin I., Lisitsyna O.I., Spraker T., Korol E.M., Kuchta R. (2021) Review of metazoan parasites of the northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) and the analysis of the gastrointestinal helminth community of the population on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Parasitology Research 120: 117–132.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-020-06935-6
Mazanec H., Konik P., Gardian Z., Kuchta R. (2021) Extracellular vesicles secreted by model tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta: biogenesis, ultrastructure and protein composition International Journal for Parasitology 51: 327–332.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.09.010
Scholz T., Kuchta R., Oros M. (2021) Tapeworms as pathogens of fish: a review Journal of Fish Diseases 44: 1883–1900.
DOI: 10.1111/jfd.13526
Jirků M., Kuchta R., Gricaj E., Modrý D., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2020) Canine thelaziosis in the Czech Republic: the northernmost autochthonous occurrence of Thelazia callipaeda Railliet et Henry, 1910 in Europe Folia Parasitologica 67: 010.
DOI: 10.14411/fp.2020.010
Kuchta R., Řehulková E., Francová K., Scholz T., Morand S., Šimková A. (2020) Diversity of monogeneans and tapeworms in cypriniform fishes across two continents International Journal for Parasitology 50: 771–786.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.06.005
Poddubnaya L., Kuchta R., Scholz T. (2020) Ultrastructural patterns of the excretory ducts of basal neodermatan groups (Platyhelminthes) and new protonephridial characters of basal cestodes Parasites & Vectors 13: 442.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04307-8
Poddubnaya L., Kuchta R., Scholz T. (2020) Ultrastructural patterns of the excretory ducts of basal neodermatan groups (Platyhelminthes) and new protonephridial characters of basal cestodes Parasites and Vectors 13: 442.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04307-8
Yoneva A., Kuchta R., Smit N. (2020) Ultrastructure of the uterus, embryonic envelopes and the coracidium of the enigmatic tapeworm Tetracampos ciliotheca (Cestoda: Bothriocephalidea) from African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Parasitology Research 119: 847–858.
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-019-06496-3
Alves P., Kuchta R., Scholz T. (2019) Molecular data support monophyly of the recently erected Riggenbachiella (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae), parasites of Neotropical catfishes Zootaxa 4706: 594–597.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4706.4.9
Barčák D., Yoneva A., Sehadová H., Oros M., Gustinelli A., Kuchta R. (2019) Complex insight on microanatomy of larval "human broad tapeworm" Dibothriocephalus latus (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea). Parasites & Vectors 12: 408.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-019-3664-8
Hernández-Orts J., Kuchta R., Semenas L., Crespo E., González R.A., Aznar F.J. (2019) An annotated list of the Acanthocephala from Argentina Zootaxa 4663: 001–064.
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4663.1.1
Kuchta R., Radačovská A., Bazsalovicsova E., Viozzi G., Semenas L., Arbetman M., Scholz T. (2019) Host Switching of Zoonotic Broad Fish Tapeworm (Dibothriocephalus latus) to Salmonids, Patagonia Emerging Infectious Diseases 25: 11.
DOI: 10.3201/eid2511.190792
Řežábková L., Brabec J., Jirků M., Dellerba M., Kuchta R., Modrý D., Parker W., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2019) Genetic diversity of the potentially therapeutic tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea). Parasitology International 71: 121–125.
DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2019.04.009

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