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Jiri Vachtenheim

Jiri Vachtenheim

Head and Associate Professor
Charles University
Czech Republic.


Jiri Vachtenheim received his MD from the Charles University in Prague in 1981 and PhD (1985) in the biochemistry of melanoma at the same University. His postdoctoral studies were partly performed as fellowships in Great Britain and Belgium. His long-standing interest is the biology of melanoma, focused on the role of MITF, a central melanoma transcription factor and melanoma oncogene. Further studies were performed on other tumors, especially lung cancer. He has extended the interest in cancer molecular biology and elucidates also some deregulated signaling pathways in tumors, especially the Hedgehog/GLI pathway which regulates the tumor stemness. He is a member of several American societies for cancer, biochemistry and molecular biology. He is now an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of transcription and cell signaling at the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Research Interest

Community Health,Obesity Epidemic, Research Methods,Public Health,Epidemiology, Medical & Health Profession Education,Epidemiology and Public Health,Statistical Analysis.