Radka Hanečková


biology student, graphic artist and DIYbio enthusiast

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Throughout my youth, science has been my secret passion - I started out with popular science books about physics (Simon Singh is my favourite author) while still at high school, then I got side- tracked into evolutionary biology by Richard Dawkins and Sean B. Carroll. As I learned more about molecular biology, I was drawn in so deep that I realized that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I graduated with the Bachelor's degree in Molecular biology and biochemistry of organisms at the Charles University in Prague. I am currently studying for the Master's degree in Molecular genetics of eucaryotes.

I have particularly enjoyed the classes on Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Animal and Human Physiol- ogy, and Neurobiology.

My main focus lies in the field of molecular genetics and genomics, particularly its applications in medicine and biotechnology. I have great hopes for the future of the newly emerging field of synthetic biology and I hope to contribute to it.

For most of my life, I have been strangely fascinated by electricity, which makes electrophysiology and bioelectricity research a natural interest for me.

I am also interested in neurobiology, particularly in applying molecular biology as a tool for congnitive function research (e.g. optogenetics).

Developmental biology and evo-devo is also something I would really like to learn more about.

My current goal is to acquire a wider spectrum of practical labora- tory skills (there is a definitive lack of automatic pipettes in my life). I am currently working at the Laboratory of Transgenic Models of Diseases, developing mouse models using programmable nucleases technology.

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