HR Excellence in Science

MVDr. Kateřina Jirků, Ph.D.


Position Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of parasitic therapy
Veterinary and Medical Parasitology
Institute of Parasitology

Contact details +420-38-777-5470


Brief Profile

Kateřina graduated in veterinary medicine at the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University in Brno, where she also completed her PhD studies. She began her scientific career in the third year of university, focusing on parasites of primates, including humans. She has participated in several field trips to Central and East Africa, where she worked with wild chimpanzees and gorillas. Further she also participated in the establishment of a diagnostic parasitological laboratory at a chimpanzee rehabilitation center in Kenya and as a volunteer in rabies vaccination in an endemic area in Northern Kenya. In addition, she was intensely interested in veterinary and human parasitology. After completing her doctoral studies, she founded a laboratory at the Institute of Parasitology of the Biological Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Oct 2013). This laboratory focuses mainly on research into the role of commensal protists and helminths in gut inflammatory diseases and in human health in general. In 2015, she received a prestigious scientific grant from the international grant agency "Human Frontier Science Organization" in the "Young Investigators" category together with her Canadian colleague Laura W. Parfrey (University of British Columbia, Vancouver). In the following years, she established cooperation with other prestigious institutions, such as Duke University (North Carolina, USA) or the Staten Serum Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark). In 2018, she was awarded the "Otto Wichterle" prize by the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding young scientists. Since 2017, she has been closely collaborating with the Department of Medical Biology of the University of South Bohemia on scientific projects and also guarantees the educational course "Fundamentals of Functional Anatomy". It also supervises students in bachelor, master and doctoral programs.

(Research ID: G-9858-2014)


  • PhD studies - Department of Pathology and Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno (UVPS), 10/2008 - 6/2013, Ph.D.
  • graduate studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UVPS,  9/2001 - 6/2008, DVM.
  • 10/2013 - present: head of laboratory (Laboratory of Parasitic Therapy), Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (BC CAS)
  • 1/2018 - present: position of a lecturer / researcher (part-time), Department of Medical Biology, South Bohemian University
  • 10/2013 - 9/2018 - according to dispositions researcher and / or junior researcher, Deparment of Pathology and Parasitology, UVPS
  • 2018 - 'Otto Wichterle' award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding young scientists
 Research activities are generally focused on veterinary and human parasitology with emphasis on the following areas:
  • diversity of gut protist in Western human populations
  • role of eukaryotic symbionts (helminth, protist) in human health and disease
  • active components from eukaryotic symbionts with anti-inflammatory effect
  • host immune response to colonisation of eukaryotic symbionts
  • gut parasites of primates with focus on protists
  • parasites of domestic and wild-life animals
(Research ID: G-9858-2014)

Teaching Basics of functional anatomy
Department of medical biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia

Total found: 47 records
Brožová K., Jirků M., Lhotská Z., Květoňová D., Kadlecová O., Rune Stensvold C., Samaš P., Petrželková K. J., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2023) The Opportunistic Protist, Giardia intestinalis, Occurs in Gut-healthy Humans in a High-income Country Giardia intestinalis in gut-healthy humans Emerging Microbes and Infections 12: 2270077.
DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2023.2270077
Hurych J., Oscarsson E., Hakanson A., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Aronson C.A., Cinek O., Arardh D., Hemimed I.Group (2023) Effects of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum and Lacticaseibacillus paracasei supplementation on the sigle-cell faecal parasitome in children with celiac disease autoimmunity: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Parasites and Vectors 16: 411.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-023-06027-1
Nosková E., Modrý D., Baláž V., Červená B., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Leowski C., Petrželková K. J., Pšenková-Profousová I., Vodička R., Kessler S.E., Ngoubangoye B. , Setchell J.M., Pafčo B. (2023) Identification of pontetially zoonotic parasites in captive orangutans and semi-captive mandrills: phylogeny and morphological comparison American Journal of Primatology 85: e23475.
DOI: 10.1002/ajp.23475
Parker W., Patel E., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Laman J.D. (2023) COVID-19 morbidity in lower versus higher income populations underscores the need to restore lost biodiversity of eukaryotic symbionts iScience 26: 106167.
DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106167
Jirků M., Kašparová A., Lhotská Z., Oborník M., Brožová K., Petrželková K. J., Samaš P., Kadlecová O., Stensvold C., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2022) A cross-sectional study on the occurrence of the intestinal protist, Dientamoeba fragilis, in the gut-gealthy volunteers and their animals International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22: 15407.
DOI: 10.3390/ijms232315407
Šloufová M., Lhotská Z., Jirků M., Petrželková K. J., Stensvold C., Cinek O., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2022) Comparison of molecular diagnostic approaches for the detection and differentiation of the intestinal protist Blastocystis sp. in humans Parasite 29: 30.
DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2022029
Venkatakrishnan A., Sarafian J.T., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Parker W. (2022) Socio-medical studies of individuals self-treating with helminths provide insight into clinical trial design for assessing helminth therapy Parasitology International 87: 102488.
DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2021.102488
Billy V., Lhotská Z., Jirků M., Kadlecová O., Frgelecová L., Wegener Parfrey L., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2021) Blastocystis Colonization Alters the Gut Microbiome and, in Some Cases, Promotes Faster Recovery From Induced Colitis Frontiers in Microbiology 2: 641483.
DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.641483
Jirků M., Lhotská Z., Frgelecová L., Kadlecová O., Petrželková K. J., Morien E., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2021) Helminth Interactions with Bacteria in the Host Gut Are Essential for Its Immunomodulatory Effect Microorganisms 9: 226.
DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9020226
Stensvold C., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Wegener Parfrey L., Jokelainen P., Berg R.P.K.D., Marving E., Petersen R.F., Andersen L.O., Angen Ø., Nielsen H.V. (2021) Parasitic intestinal protists of zoonotic relevance detected in pigs by metabarcoding and real-time PCR Microorganisms 9: 1189.
DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9061189
You C., Jirků M., Corcoran D.L., Parker W., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2021) Altered gut ecosystems plus the microbiota’s potential for rapid evolution: a recipe for inevitable change with unknown consequences Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 19: 5969-5977.
DOI: 10.1016/j.csbj.2021.10.033
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
Lhotská Z., Jirků M., Hložková O., Brožová K., Jirsová D., Stensvold C., Kolísko M., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2020) A Study on the Prevalence and Subtype Diversity of the Intestinal Protist Blastocystis sp. in a Gut-Healthy Human Population in the Czech Republic Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10: 544335.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.544335
Petrželková K. J., Smejkalová P., Céza V., Pafčo B., Shutt-Phillips K., Todd A., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Benavides J., Modrý D., Čepička I. (2020) Sympatric western lowland gorillas, central chimpanzees and humans are infected with different trichomonads Parasitology 147: 225-230.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182019001343
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
Sobotková K., Parker W., Levá , Růžková J., Lukeš J., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2019) Helminth Therapy – From the Parasite Perspective Trends in Parasitology 35: 501–515.
DOI: 10.1016/

Documents to download:
Sobotkova in Parasitology (pdf)
Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Levá , Sobotková K., Morien E., Parfrey L. (2018) The bening helminth Hymenolepis diminuta ameliorates chemically induced colitis in a rat model system Parasitology 145: 1324–1335.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182018000896
Pafčo B., Tehlárová Z., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Todd A., Hasegawa H., Petrželková K. J., Modrý D. (2018) Gastrointestinal protists and helminths of habituated agilemangabeys (Cercocebus agilis) at Bai Hokou, Central AfricanRepublic American Journal of Primatology 80: e22736.
DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22736
Růžková J. , Květoňová D., Jirků M., Lhotská Z., Stensvold C., Wegner Parfrey L., Jirků-Pomajbíková K. (2018) Evaluating rodent experimental models for studies of Blastocystis ST1 Experimental Parasitology 191: 55–61.
DOI: 10.1016/j.exppara.2018.06.009
Červená B., Vallo P., Pafčo B., Jirků-Pomajbíková K., Jirků M., Petrželková K. J., Todd A., Turkalo A.K., Modrý D. (2017) Host specificity and basic ecology of Mammomonogamus (Nematoda, Syngamidae) from lowland gorillas and forest elephants in Central African Republic Parasitology 144: 1016-1025.
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182017000221

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