Martin Petrek

Palacky University and Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Czech Republic


Martin Petrek graduated in medicine from Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, in 1987, and he obtained his Ph.D. degree in microbiology/immunology at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, in 1992. He had been a Visiting European Community Research Fellow to Imperial College London (National Heart and Lung Institute), London (1993–1996). Petrek has become a Full Professor in 2003, and since 2006, he has been leading the Laboratory of Immunogenomics at the Department of Immunology, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; he is also a Group Leader at newly formed Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Palacky University. Petrek has published nearly one hundred of research papers, namely, in the fields of immunology and immunogenetics of chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung (sarcoidosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) and also in immunogenetics of coronary disease. He was also involved in studies in transplantation genetics in heamatooncology and/or orthopaedic surgery. His papers were quoted 860 times (SCI) with H-index 18. He was an invited speaker in several international symposia on inflammatory and fibrotic lung disease and lectured at postgraduate educational courses in London and Padova. His current research is directed to regulation of inflammation in the lung and heart on the level of transcription factors and microRNA. He serves as a frequent Reviewer for a wide range of immunology, respiratory, and genetic journals, to name a few: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Cytokine, and Mediators of Inflammation. He was a Member of the Executive Committee of World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases (WASOG, 2005–2010) and currently serves at the Executive Board of the European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI).

Biography Updated on 6 August 2013

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