HR Excellence in Science

RNDr. Pavla Sojková, Ph.D.


Position Research Scientist - Laboratory of Fish Protistology
Aquatic Parasitology
Institute of Parasitology

Contact details +420 38777 5450


My research focus is uncovering the species diversity, phylogenetic relationships, and evolutionary trajectories of parasites, mainly myxozoans. I apply the phylogenetic and molecular biology methods to address questions in evolutionary and functional biology using parasites as model organisms. My recent projects also focus on the characterization of parasite proteases and protease inhibitors as molecules crucial for host-parasite interactions and the assessment of their relevance as therapeutic targets. Besides myxozoans, I am involved in studies of other animal and human parasites/pathogens, such as apicomplexans, ticks, and flukes.

Year of birth: 1981

Nationality: Slovak

Unique researcher ID: ORCID 0000-0003-2370-6981


Education and Scientific Career

since 2024 Workgroup leader under the Laboratory of Fish Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, BCAS

since 2014 Research Scientist, Laboratory of Fish Protistology, Institute of Parasitology, BCAS

2017-2018 (two short-term stays) Visiting Researcher at the Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University, USA

2011-2013 (three short-term stays) Visiting Researcher at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

2011-2013 Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratory of Fish Protistology, BCAS

October 2010 PhD in Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (USB), České Budějovice, Czech Republic

2010 Research Assistant, Laboratory of Vector Immunology, BCAS

2005-2010 Research Assistant, Laboratory of Fish Protistology, BCAS

2009 Visiting PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

March 2009 RNDr in Zoology at the Faculty of Science, USB

2003-2005 Study of Biology (BSc) and Zoology (MSc) with Diploma thesis at the Faculty of Science, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia


Career breaks

2014-2015 (14 months) Maternity leave


Funding as a PI

  • 2024-2027 Czech Science Foundation, lead agency grant in collaboration with FWF (Austrian PI: A. Holzer). Food or foe: Interaction of myxozoans with red blood cells; project reference 24-13238L.
  • 2021-2023 Czech Science Foundation, standard grant. Myxozoan cystatins and fish host cathepsins: Revealing potential crosstalk during infection; project reference 21-16565S.
  • 2017-2021 Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. Inhibitors of cysteine proteases crucial for myxozoan pathogenicity and their interaction with the fish host; project reference LTAUSA17201.
  • 2011-2013 Czech Science Foundation, postdoctoral grant. Biology and phylogeny of sphaerosporid myxosporeans from economically important fish: application of molecular tools; project reference P506/11/P724.


Personal fellowships and awards

  • 2017 Student fellowship of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic; Molecular analysis of the ITS sequences in populations of Chloromyxum cyprini Fujita, 1927 (Myxozoa: Myxosporea) in cyprinids.
  • 2016 Otto Wichterle Award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for excellent young researchers.


Publications in Press (see the already published papers in "Publications" below)

  • Lisnerová Martina, Bartošová-Sojková Pavla, Lövy Alena, Blabolil Petr, Fiala Ivan. 2024. Evidence of striking morphological similarity and tissue tropism of phylogenetically distant myxozoan genera: Myxidium and Paramyxidium in the kidney of the European eel. Folia Parasitologica. In press.
  • Lisnerová Martina, Bartošová-Sojková Pavla, Bürgerová Monika, Fiala Ivan. 2024. Unraveling the mystery of a myxozoan parasite of the trout: Redescription of Chloromyxum schurovi. Folia Parasitologica. In press.


Total found: 49 records
Baiko D., Lisnerová M., Bartošová-Sojková P., Holzer A., Blabolil P., Schabuss M., Fiala I. (2024) Solving the Myxidium rhodei (Myxozoa) puzzle: insights into its phylogeny and host specificity in Cypriniformes. Parasite 31: 35.
DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2024030
Bartošová-Sojková P., Butenko A., Richtová J., Fiala I., Oborník M., Lukeš J. (2024) Inside the host: understanding the evolutionary trajectories of intracellular parasitism ANNUAL REVIEW OF MICROBIOLOGY 78: 3.1–3.21.
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-micro-041222-025305
Dobai T., Bartošová-Sojková P. (2024) Sphaerospora molnari Trends in Parasitology 40: 352–353.
DOI: 10.1016/
Buša M., Matoušková Z., Bartošová-Sojková P., Pachl P., Eichenberger C., Řezáčová P., Eichenberger R.M., Deplazes P., Horn M., Štefanič S., Mareš M. (2023) An evolutionary molecular adaptation of an unusual stefin from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica redefines the cystatin superfamily Journal of Biological Chemistry 299: 102970.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbc.2023.102970
Ribeiro J., Hartmann D., Bartošová-Sojková P., Debat H., Moos M., Fara J., Šimek P., Palus M., Kučera M., Hajdušek O., Sojka D., Kopáček P., Perner J. (2023) Blood-feeding adaptations and virome assessment of the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae guided by RNA-seq Communications Biology 6: 517.
DOI: 10.1038/s42003-023-04907-x
Alama Bermejo G., Bartošová-Sojková P., Atkinson S.D., Holzer A., Bartholomew J. (2022) Proteases as Therapeutic Targets Against the Parasitic Cnidarian Ceratonova shasta: Characterization of Molecules Key to Parasite Virulence In Salmonid Hosts Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 11: 804864.
DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.804864
Kyslík J., Vancová M., Bartošová-Sojková P., Lövy A., Holzer A., Fiala I. (2022) Expressional profiling and cellular localization of myxozoan minicollagens demonstrate their involvement in polar capsule formation during sporogenesis International Journal for Parasitology 52: 667-675.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2022.07.002
Lisnerová M., Lisner A., Cantatore D., Schaeffner B., Pecková H., Tyml T., Fiala I., Bartošová-Sojková P., Holzer A. (2022) Correlated evolution of fish host length and parasite spore size: a tale from myxosporeans inhabiting elasmobranchs International Journal for Parasitology 52: 97–110.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.05.008
Lisnerová M., Martínek I., Alama Bermejo G., Bouberlová K., Schaeffner B., Nkabi N., Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P. (2022) An ancient alliance: Matching evolutionary patterns of cartilaginous fishes (Elasmobranchii) and chloromyxid parasites (Myxozoa) Infection Genetics and Evolution 103: 105346.
DOI: 10.1016/j.meegid.2022.105346
Bartošová-Sojková P., Kyslík J., Alama Bermejo G., Hartigan A., Atkinson S.D., Bartholomew J., Palenzuela O., Picard-Sánchez M., Faber M.N., Holland J.W., Holzer A. (2021) Evolutionary Analysis of Cystatins of Early-Emerging Metazoans Reveals a Novel Subtype in Parasitic Cnidarians Biology 10: 110.
DOI: 10.3390/biology10020110
Šnebergerová P., Bartošová-Sojková P., Jalovecká M., Sojka D. (2021) Plasmepsin-like aspartyl proteases in Babesia Pathogens 10: 1241.
DOI: 10.3390/pathogens10101241
Bartošová-Sojková P., Fiala (2020) Myxozoa: starobylí paraziti neustále opředeni záhadami / Myxozoa: Ancient Parasites Forever Enshrouded in Mysteries Živa 4: 162-167.
Eszterbauer E., Sipos D., Kaján G.L., Szegő D., Fiala I., Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P. (2020) Genetic diversity of serine protease inhibitors in myxozoan (Cnidaria, Myxozoa) fish parasites Microorganisms 8: 1502.
DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms8101502
Lisnerová M., Fiala I., Cantatore D., Irigoitia M., Timi J., Pecková H., Bartošová-Sojková P., Sandoval C.M., Luer C., Morris J., Holzer A. (2020) Mechanisms and Drivers for the Establishment of Life Cycle Complexity in Myxozoan Parasites Biology 9: 10.
DOI: 10.3390/biology9010010
Kosakyan A., Alama Bermejo G., Bartošová-Sojková P., Born-Torrijos A., Šíma R., Nenarokova A., Eszterbauer E., Bartholomew J., Holzer A. (2019) Selection of suitable reference genes for gene expression studies in myxosporean (Myxozoa, Cnidaria) parasites. Scientific Reports 9: 15073.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-51479-0

Documents to download:
Kosakyan_2019_ScientReport (pdf)
Bartošová-Sojková P., Lövy A., Reed C., Lisnerová M., Tomková T., Holzer A., Fiala I. (2018) Life in a rock pool: Radiation and population genetics of myxozoan parasites in hosts inhabiting restricted spaces PLOS ONE 13: e0194042.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194042
Cantatore D.M.P., Irigoitia M., Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P., Pecková H., Fiala I., Timi J. (2018) The description of two new species of Chloromyxum Mingazzini, 1890 from skates in the Argentine Sea reveals that a limited geographic host distribution causes phylogenetic lineage separation of myxozoans in Chondrichthyes Parasite 25: 47.
DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2018051
Holzer A., Bartošová-Sojková P., Born-Torrijos A., Lövy A., Hartigan A., Fiala I. (2018) The joint evolution of the Myxozoa and their alternate hosts: A cnidarian recipe for success and vast biodiversity. Molecular Ecology 27: 1651–1666.
DOI: 10.1111/mec.14558
Patra S., Bartošová-Sojková P., Pecková H., Fiala I., Eszterbauer E., Holzer A. (2018) Biodiversity and host-parasite cophylogeny of Sphaerospora (sensu stricto) (Cnidaria: Myxozoa) Parasites & Vectors 11: 347.
DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-2863-z
Perner J., Kotál J., Hatalová T., Urbanová V., Bartošová-Sojková P., Brophy P.M., Kopáček P. (2018) Inducible glutathione S-transferase (IrGST1) from the tick Ixodes ricinus is a haem-binding protein Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.02.002

More publications


Biology Centre CAS
Branišovská 1160/31
370 05 České Budějovice
Data box: r84nds8


+420 387 775 111 (switchboard)
+420 387 775 051 (secretariat)
+420 778 468 552 (for media)

Staff search

Biologické centrum Google mapa

Login to the intranet

To log into the intranet enter your login details