Prof. Jaroslav Koča, founder of CEITEC Institute, passed away

7 Jul 2021

Excellent structural biologist and founder of CEITEC Central European Institute of Technology Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koča, DrSc. died on Friday 2nd July 2021. His academic and scientific career is closely linked to Masaryk University, both the MU Faculty of Science and CEITEC, where he held several senior positions. He was also the founder and longtime director of the National Center for Biomolecular Research of the Faculty of Science of MU.

Over the course of his scientific career, Jaroslav Koča published more than 200 original scientific papers in international journals and led over 40 doctoral candidates and postdocs. He worked in a number of foreign workplaces, several of them long-term (Norway, France and the US). He led several large domestic and foreign scientific projects. He defended his professorship in the field of organic chemistry at Masaryk University in 1995. He held several important leadership positions, was the scientific director of CEITEC since 2015, was appointed by the government of the Czech Republic as a member of the Presidium of the Czech Grant Science Foundation of the Czech Republic in 2016, and was appointed as its president from December 2020.

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