The Life of

Jana Šmardová

Prof. Jana Šmardová, Ph.D. (1961–2023) studied molecular biology at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University (formerly J. E. Purkyne University) in Brno, Czech Republic, and completed her postgraduate studies at the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. During her postdoctoral stay at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, she began to focus on tumor biology. She worked at the Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute in Brno and later headed the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the University Hospital in Brno. In her research, she focused on uncovering the molecular mechanisms of the tumor development. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles published in scientific journals. She was the first researcher in the Czech Republic to introduce the technology of functional analysis of the tumor suppressor TP53 into clinical application.

From 1999 to 2023, she worked at the Department of Experimental Biology at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University, where she taught molecular biology, specializing mainly in tumor biology. One of her most successful courses was the lecture series “Tumor Biology for Everyone or Cell Philosophy”, in which she conveyed her knowledge about the nature of the tumor formation in an understandable way and looked for parallels between these pathological processes in our bodies and the problems of our society today. The book “What Tumors Teach Us” follows a similar line: it combines the scientific world of oncology with a general humanistic message.

The most important publications

Vol. 75, 899-912, 1993

High-levels of c-rel expression are associated with programmed cell-death in the developing avian embryo and in bone-marrow in vitro

Journal of Pathology
Vol. 207, 251-259, 2005

Discriminating functional and non-functional p53 in human tumours by p53 and MDM2 immunohistochemistry

Vol 29, 877-885, 2015

Detailed analysis of therapy-driven clonal evolution of TP53 mutations in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Interesting numbers

Jana Šmardová was an important figure in the world of science with an impressive number of published works. In her career, she published a total of 88 scientific papers in international journals and 35 papers in Czech periodicals. Her contribution to the scientific community is further underlined by the high number of citations, which reaches 1599 for her work published in international journals, which indicates the significant impact of her research at the global level.

Number of scientific papers published in an international journals

Number of citations of papers in international journals

Number of scientific papers published in the Czech journals

Monograph - What tumors teach us Parallels in cell and human behavior


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