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Pecinka group is hosted by the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, which is part of Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i. in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Our goal is understanding molecular and evolutionary mechanisms shaping plant genomes and epigenomes. We analyze how DNA sequence and chromatin changes are generated by endo- and exogenous factors and how these forces are balanced by the genome repair and epigenetic mechanisms. For our research we use mainly Arabidopsis thaliana and barley and analyze them by forward and reverse genetics, molecular, biochemical, cytogenetic and bioinformatic methods. read more...

Lab Members

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Recent Publications

  • Willing E.M., Piofczyk T., Albert A., Winkler J.B., Schneeberger K., Pecinka A. (2016): UVR2 ensures transgenerational genome stability under simulated natural UV-B in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications 7:13522. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13522. Open access
  • Pietzenuk B., Markus C., Gaubert H., Bagwan N., Merotto A., Bucher E., Pecinka A. (2016): Recurrent evolution of heat-responsiveness in Brassicaceae COPIA elements. Genome Biology 17:209 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-1072-3 Open access
  • Baroux C., Pecinka A., Fuchs J., Kreth G., Schubert I., Grossniklaus I. (2016): Non-random chromosome arrangement in triploid endosperm nuclei. Chromosoma doi:10.1007/s00412-016-0578-5 Open access
  • Rawat V., Abdelsamad A., Pietzenuk B., Seymour D.K., Koenig D., Weigel D., Pecinka A., Schneeberger K. (2015): Improving the Annotation of Arabidopsis lyrata Using RNA-Seq Data. PLoS One 10(9):e0137391. Open access


  • 2017-09-01: Two excellent post-docs Beata Petrovska and Hana Jerabkova join the group in Olomouc.
  • 2017-09-01: The group moves from MPIPZ to the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
  • 2017-06-01: Pranav Sahu joins the lab as Marie Curie fellow and will analyze effects of the changing climate on plant performance
  • 2017-05-19: Lab visit to the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics of the Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc, Czech Republic - from 1st September 2017 our new home institute!
  • 2016-12-01: Fast mutation accumulation under natural UV-B without pyrimidine dimer repair. See more in our new paper Open access