Dr. Šafránek from the Department of Information Technologies, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University in Brno is organising the 16th International Conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology from the 12th to 14th September 2018. The conference forms a well-focused international community in-between biology and computer science. Interesting and strong speakers that represent cutting-edge research at the borders of biology and other disciplines have been invited.

CMSB 2018 solicits original research articles, tool papers, posters, and presentations on the modelling and analysis of biological systems and networks as well as the analysis of biological data. The conference brings together computer scientists, biologists, mathematicians, engineers, and physicists interested in a system-level understanding of biological processes. It covers the broad field of computational methods and tools in systems and synthetic biology and their applications.

Paper abstract pre-submission: 20.4.2018
Paper and original poster submission: 27.4.2018
Author notification: 8.6.2018
Final version: 15.6.2018
Poster/oral presentation submission: 22.6.2018

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Prof. RNDr. Rudiger H. Ettrich, Ph.D., Department Head for the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology, Institute of Microbiology Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Nové Hrady, and director of the Center for Systems Biology in the Czech Republic C4SYS (the national distributed research infrastructure for systems biology research) visited Larkin University in Miami, Florida, USA, as an invited Guest Speaker to give a talk on “Using Computational Modeling and Simulation in Understanding Gene Mutations” on November 10th-17th, 2017. During this visit the University Provost also held meetings with Dr. Ettrich and signed affiliation agreements with the Center for Systems Biology in the Czech Republic C4SYS (the national distributed research infrastructure for systems biology research) and the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In addition, Dr. Ettrich visited the College of Medical Sciences of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, to conduct collaborative research together with Prof. Dr. Venkatachalam, discuss possible future collaborations and give a seminar.


(L-R): Dr. Joshua Caballero, Chair of Clinical and Administrative Sciences (DCAS) in the
College of Pharmacy, Dr. Rudiger Ettrich, Department Head at the Center for Nanobiology
and Structural Biology, Institute of Microbiology Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, Larkin University Provost, and Dr. Gary M. Levin, Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

On Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 2 p.m., the seminar “Purification, Characterization, and Clinical Significances of Methionine Gamma Lyase Deaminase (Mgld) from Porphyromonas gingivalis” given by Dr. K.V. Venkatachalam, PhD. took place at the cinema auditorium of the Institute of Microbiology, CAS.  Prague – Krč.

Dr. Venkatachalam is a Professor of Biochemistry at the College of Allopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he has been active since 1999. His current research focuses on Methionine gamma lyase of Methionine metabolism and its impact on halitosis and cancer research.

After the seminar, he discussed the possibility of potential cooperation in the area of systems biology as well as regarding research infrastructures with the Institute of Microbiology’s scientists involved in the C4Sys infrastructure.



On Thursday 25th May 2017, the Center for Nanobiology and Structual Biology (CNSB) in Nové Hrady welcomed 48 students and their teachers from the Anglo-Czech High School in České Budějovice, the C4sys Research Infrastructure (C4Sys RI) being the main topic of their excursion.

First the students attended a speech by the director of the CNSB and the C4Sys RI – Prof. Rüdiger Ettrich. He introduced the infrastructure, talking about its development, purpose and objectives. He then explained what each research group involved in the infrastructure is focused on and what their main activities are, illustratively accompanying his speech with slides from his PPT presentation to clarify some difficult processes for the students. Since the C4Sys infrastructure is directly linked to the Infrastructure for Systems Biology in Europe (ISBE), prof. Ettrich also covered its role and the link between these two infrastructures. In the end, he compared data storing in the USA and in Europe.

The theoretical part was followed by a tour of laboratories at the CNSB. The students were divided in two groups and viewed the research premises of the Center with commentaries by their two “tour guides” – Prof. Ettrich and Dr. Lazar. They could see the scientific work as well as all the equipment used, in particular the Laboratory of Cell Biology, which focuses on the development and applications of two-photon polarization microscopy and related advanced optical microscopy techniques, and the Laboratory of Structure and Function of Proteins, with its central research issue being the relationship between the structure and function of the proteins and their complexes.

Finally, the students paid a brief visit to the Algatech Centre in Třeboň, whose Laboratory of Photosynthesis under the supervision of Prof. Josef Komenda is also part of the C4Sys infrastructure.