Vyacheslav Yurchenko Vyacheslav Yurchenko

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Doc. Vyacheslav Yurchenko, Ph.D.


Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

  • Ph.D. with Honours, Biochemistry (1999), Thesis Adviser - Professor Alexander Kolesnikov
    Thesis: "Characterization of the minicircle component in Trypanosomatidae"
  • M. Sc., Molecular Biology (Cum Laude) (1994)
  • B. Sc., Molecular Biology (Cum Laude) (1993)

Academic research and training

University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

  • Associate professor, Laboratory of molecular protozoology (2016 – present)
  • Assistant professor, Laboratory of molecular protozoology (2013 – 2015)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

  • Visiting assistant professor, Department of pathology (2015 – present)

Rockefeller University, New York, USA

  • Adjunct research associate (2012)
  • Research associate (2008 – 2012)

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, USA

  • Research scientist (2007 – 2008)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

  • Research fellow (2004 – 2007)
  • Post-doctoral research associate (2001 – 2004)

Picower Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, USA

  • Post-doctoral researcher (1999 – 2001)

Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

  • Visiting scientist (1998)

Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

  • Visiting scientist (1997)

Institute of Parasitology, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

  • Visiting scientist (1997)

Industry research and training

Pfizer Inc., New York, NY

  • Research scientist (2012 – 2013)

Grants and honors

Research grants


  • European Commission Operational Programme Research, Development and Education (Call: Excellent Research), "Centre for research of pathogenicity and virulence of parasites". PIs J. Tachezy, P. Doležal, R. Šuťák, V. Hampl, P. Volf, P. Horák, T. Drmota, J. Lukeš, P. Kopáček, M. Oborník, A. Zíková, Z. Paris, M. Kolisko, M. Eliáš, V. Yurchenko, 03/01/2018-12/31/2022.
  • Grantová agentura České republiky (GA ČR), 18-15962S, "Trypanosomatids with in-frame sense stop codons: dissecting molecular mechanisms behind the unique ambiguity of the genetic code". PIs V. Yurchenko, J. Lukeš, 01/01/2018-12/31/2020.
  • University of Ostrava, SGS/PrF/2018, "Evolutionary and functional genomic in selected biological systems". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2018-12/31/2018.
  • Grantová agentura České republiky (GA ČR), 17-10656S, "Functional genomics of Leishmania virulence". PIs V. Yurchenko, J. Votýpka, 01/01/2017-12/31/2019.
  • Grantová agentura České republiky (GA ČR), 17-10308S, "Salivary proteins of Sergentomyia schwetzi sand flies". PIs P. Volf, V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2017-12/31/2019.
  • Grantová agentura České republiky (GA ČR), 16-18699S, "Heme: a putative master regulator in trypanosomatids". PIs J. Lukeš, V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2016-12/31/2018.
  • Finished

  • University of Ostrava, SGS/PrF/2017, "Of viruses and men: how post-genome biology can help answering fundamental questions of evolution". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2017-12/31/2017.
  • Moravskoslezský kraj research initiative, 01211/2016/RRC, "Life Science Research Centre". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2016-11/30/2017.
  • SYNTHESYS FR-TAF-6423, "Molecular redescription of trypanosomatid species in museum collections". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2017-06/30/2017.
  • University of Ostrava, SGS/PrF/2016, "Virulent factors in Trypanosomatidae ". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2016-12/31/2016.
  • Bi-lateral Moravskoslezský kraj – People Republic of China research initiative, 1240/1650, "Analysis of virulence factors involved in Leishmania infection". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2015-06/30/2016.
  • University of Ostrava, SGS/PrF/2015, "Evolution of parasitism in Trypanosomatidae". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2015-12/31/2015.
  • University of Ostrava, SGS/PrF/2014, "Origin of dixenous life cycle in Trypanosomatidae". PI V. Yurchenko, 01/01/2014-12/31/2014.
  • International Myeloma Foundation, Brian D. Novis Award, “MMSET and epigenetic control in t(4;14) myelomas”, PI V. Yurchenko, 03/01/2010-02/28/2012.
  • Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund CEN5401091, “Epigenetic control of myelomagenesis”, PI V. Yurchenko, 07/01/2009-02/28/2010.


  • University of Ostrava, Faculty of Science, Dean's Award for Academic Achievements, 2016
  • University of Ostrava, Faculty of Science, Dean's Award for Academic Achievements, 2015
  • Roche Applied Science Transfection Research Award, 2007
  • Albert Einstein Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Scholar Prize, 2006
  • AACR – AFLAC Scholar-in-Training Award, 2002

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Ruth L. Kirschtein Institutional National Research Service Award (T32 CA09173), 2004 – 2007
  • International Soros Scientific Foundation (Belgium) pre-doctoral fellowship, 1997-1999
  • President of the Russian Federation Scholarship, 1998-1999
  • Moscow State University Academic Excellence Scholarship, 1989-1994

Editorial duties

Ad hoc Reviewer : Acta Parasitologica; Acta Tropica; Biologia; Biotechnology Advances; BMC Evolutionary Biology; BMC Genomics; Epigenomics; Experimental Parasitology; Folia Parasitologica; Infection, Genetics and Evolution; Immunology Letters; Insect Science; International Journal of Parasitology; International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance; Jacobs Journal of Microbiology and Pathology; Journal of Entomology and Nematology; Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology; Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology; Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz; Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology; Molecular Biotechnology; Parasite; Parasites & Vectors; PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases; PLOS One; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; Protist; Protistology; Scientific Reports; Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports

Member of the Editorial Board: BMC Genomics (since 2016), Folia Parasitologica (since 2013), Protistology (since 2013), PLOS One (since 2015)

Invited grant reviews

  • Israel Science Foundation
  • Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO)
  • Primus-Sci Czech Republic

Professional societies

  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2018-present
  • International Society of Protistologists (ISOP), 2016–present
  • Czech Society for Parasitology (CSP), 2015 – present
  • British Society for Parasitology (BSP), 2014 – present
  • New York Biotech Association (NYBA), 2012-2013
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), 2012-2013
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), 2012-2013
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), 2002-2006
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), 2000-2002
  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), 2000-2002
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), 1994-1999

Conferences co-organized / member of the scientific committee

  • 1st Trypanosomatid Taxonomy, Evolution, Phylogeny and Biology Meeting (TryTax1), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015.
  • 1st International Conference on Parasitology, Philadelphia, USA, 2015.
  • 2nd Trypanosomatid Taxonomy, Evolution, Phylogeny and Biology Meeting (TryTax2), Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2016 (main organizer).
  • 2nd International Conference on Parasitology, Manchester, UK, 2016.
  • 48th Jirovec’s Protozoological Days, Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem, Czech Republic, 2018.

Publications (statistics)

    Number of peer-reviewed publications 93
    Number of first-authored publications 21
    Number of senior-authored publications 35
    Number of reviews and book chapters 17
    H-index (Web of Science) 26

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