Organization of PhD School

The Life Sciences study program is accredited at Masaryk University, and provided by the Faculty of Science of MU, the study and practical activities are guaranteed and implemented by experienced CEITEC MU supervisors. At Mendel University, the study program is accredited and provided by the Faculty of AgriSciences.

The specialization Molecular Medicine is a part of PhD study program Biomedical Sciences, accredited at the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University. The study and practical activities are guaranteed and implemented by experienced CEITEC MU supervisors.

Students of individual specializations are registered for study at the given university to which they submit an application for study. The study takes place in line with the Higher Education Act and with applicable internal regulations of the given universities, i.e. in accordance with their respective Codes of Study and Examination.

Mentoring team


Supervisor guides and supervises your study plan, provides expert and methodological guidance on your doctoral thesis, evaluates your progress in respect to the study plan and your readiness to undergo thesis defence.

If a serious situation occurs that you can not continue to work with your supervisor, you may decide to change the supervisor and also the supervisor may resign. In such a case, a new supervisor will be appointed in accordance with the terms of the MU Study and examination regulations.

Student Ombudsperson

Student Ombudsperson is a neutral party who gives informal and confidential assistance to students in resolving supervisor-related and university-related concerns. The main role is to assist students in identifying options and strategies for resolution of conflicts, problematic issues, or concerns, and to serve as a listening post for systemic concerns and to bring these to the attention of the university.

Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Jan Havliš, Dr. -

(for students who commenced their studies in 2014, 2015 and 2016)

Prof. Mgr. Lukáš Žídek, Ph.D. -

(for students who commenced their studies in 2017)

Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Jan Paleček, Dr. rer. nat. -

(for students who commenced their studies in 2018)

Mgr. Dalibor Blažek, Ph.D. -

(for students who commenced their studies in 2019 and 2020)

Helene Robert Boisivon, Ph.D.

(for students who commenced their studies in 2021 and 2022)

Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
The concept of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) has been implemented since September 2019 in the annual trial mode. After the year it was evaluated, relevant requirements have been incorporated in the 
TAC Concept 2020, which was approved by the Doctoral Board as the standard tool providing a comprehensive system of support and individual quality assessment for PhD students.

The implementation of the TAC is mandatory for all PhD candidates enrolled in a PhD Program under the CEITEC PhD School in 2017 or later. Students who started their studies before 2017 will continue in the current system of quality assessment (PhD Progress Day).

Every PhD candidate who applies to the obligation to TAC (enrolled in 2017 or later) must be supervised and mentored during their studies by  3 TAC members at least. The members are selected by the PhD candidate, in consultation with their supervisor.

The TAC should convene at least three times during the PhD candidate’s career. All scheduled meetings are mandatory and must take place in predefined periods. It is the PhD candidate´s responsibility to invite the TAC members, arrange TAC meetings, and provide the Manager of Research and Development (Research and Innovations Support Department) with copies of the signed TAC Assessment Reports. At any time, any involved party (TAC member, PhD candidate, supervisor) can hold personal discussions with another party or can request additional TAC meetings.
Detail information on the TAC Concept

TAC Concept 2020

TAC Concept FAQ 
Frequently asked questions 


TAC Members Proposal
TAC Assessment Report 1
TAC Assessment Report 2

TAC Assessment Report 3
Amendment of the TAC Settings
TAC Progress Report

PhD Progress Day  (The original system of assessment)

The PhD Progress Day system of assessment is applicable for PhD candidates enrolled in a PhD Program under the CEITEC PhD School  before 2017 only.
The PhD Day is an annual student meeting with the members of the Executive committee, attended by the mentor teams. Members of the ISAB (International Scientific Advisory Board) can be also invited. The interview is based on the Progress Report where the student introduces the concept of his/her research project and the results achieved during the last period prior to the report (max. 1 page) so far, with a focus on meeting the set goals. The committee works mostly as an advisory organ helping to navigate the student’s research and looking for alternatives and effective solutions to the problems encountered during the project. The committee also evaluates the progress made so far, issues recommendations, and approves the student’s application for the state doctoral exam and the doctoral dissertation thesis defense.

Doctoral Board and Doctoral Committees

Doctoral Board - Life Sciences program

prof. RNDr. Michaela Wimmerová, Ph.D.


prof. RNDr. Vladimír Sklenář, DrSc. 
Mgr. Dalibor Blažek, Ph.D.  
prof. RNDr. Jiří Fajkus, CSc.  
doc. Mgr. Jan Havliš, Dr.  
doc. RNDr. Jan Hejátko, Ph.D.  
prof. Mgr. Martin Lysák, Ph.D., DSc.  
prof. Mary Anne O'Connell, PhD.  
doc. Mgr. Pavel Plevka, Ph.D.  
Helene Robert Boisivon, Ph.D.  
Mgr. Karel Říha, Ph.D. doc.  
Mgr. Richard Štefl, Ph.D.  
doc. Mgr. Lukáš Trantírek, Ph.D.  
doc. Mgr. Štěpánka Vaňáčová, Ph.D.  
prof. RNDr. Zbyněk Zdráhal, Dr.  
prof. Mgr. Lukáš Žídek, Ph.D.
prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, CSc.  
prof. MVDr. RNDr. Petr Hořín, CSc.  
prof. RNDr. Tomáš Obšil, Ph.D.  
prof. Mgr. Marek Petřivalský, Dr. 
prof. RNDr. Libor Grubhoffer, CSc., Hon. D.Sc., dr. h. c. 

Doctoral Committee - Molecular Medicine