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Design principles of rhomboid protease inhibitors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Rhomboid intramembrane serine proteases are widely conserved and are key for the infectivity of the malaria parasite, mitochondrial homeostasis and other emerging functions of high medical potential. We recently reported peptidyl ketoamides as the first potent and specific inhibitors of rhomboid proteases, and we are now exploring the design principles of this class of rhomboid inhibitors. We use them as tools to investigate rhomboid mechanism and also focus on developing inhibitors of biologically and medically interesting members of the rhomboid family. The project will involve production and purification of recombinant proteins (mostly transmembrane), enzyme kinetics, X-ray crystallography, cell culture and will be carried out in close collaboration with medicinal and computational chemists and structural biologists, offering wide training opportunities.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD study at IOCB Prague, you must hold a Master’s degree (MSc) or the equivalent of the MSc in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five months after the application deadline.

For more information visit our website “Call for PhD applications 2019”:

You can apply online via our application form


All general enquiries should be directed to Katerina Solcova (). Scientific enquiries can be addressed to the supervisor ().

Funding Notes

Regular monthly income of students at IOCB Prague varies depending on the faculty scholarship and supervisor's financial options.


1. Ticha A, Stanchev S, Vinothkumar KR, Mikles DC, Pachl P, Began J, Skerle J, Svehlova K, Nguyen MTN, Verhelst SHL, Johnson DC, Bachovchin DA, Lepsik M, Majer P, Strisovsky K (2017) Cell Chem Biol 24: 1523-1536 e4
2. Ticha A, Collis B, Strisovsky K (2018) Trends Biochem Sci 43: 726-739
3. Kvido Strisovsky: Casting the Spotlight on Intramembrane Proteases. (2018) Trends Biochem Sci 43: 845-847

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