Pavel Plevka, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader


Phone: +420 54949 7756
Research group: Structural Virology - Pavel Plevka

Pavel Plevka is research group leader at Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University. He obtained his MSc. degree in molecular biology and virology from Charles University and his Ph.D. in structural biology from Uppsala University in 2009. From 2009 till 2013 he was a post-doctoral fellow with Michael Rossmann at Purdue University. In 2013 he established the group of Structural Virology at CEITEC, Masaryk University.

Plevka has determined structures of several viruses, most notably that of human enterovirus 71 that causes potentially fatal encephalitis in small children. Furthermore, he studied maturation of dengue virus. He focuses on X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy of viruses and other macromolecular complexes.

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5. Feb. 2018

Pavel Plevka’s Team From CEITEC MU Discovered How an Antibody Neutralizes the Tick-borne Encephalitis Virus

Press release, Brno, 2 February 2018 The Czech Republic belongs among the countries with the highest presence of tick-borne encephalitis virus in…

26. June 2018

Pavel Plevka for TÉMA magazine: Virus. Enemy and friend.

Pavel Plevka, a virologist from CEITEC MU, provided an interview for TÉMA magazine. Pavel Plevka's research could be a basis for the treatment of…

25. Feb. 2019

Svět pod drobnohleDEM na CEITEC

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14. May 2019

International media El País and La Repubblica reported on CEITEC MU: Leading Research Institute Draws Scientific Talent to the Czech Republic

CEITEC Masaryk University scientific talents attract media across Europe - El País and La Repubblica. European funds have…

30. May 2019

Virologists Discovered a New Mechanism for Penetration of Viruses into Cells

A number of diseases, from a common cold to encephalitis or poliomyelitis, are caused by enteroviruses. To proliferate, viruses have to deliver…










  • Structural study of enterovirus replication in situ, Grantová agentura ČR, 2019 - 2023
  • In vivo strukturní analýza replikace fága infikujícího zlatého stafylokoka (GA18-17810S), Grantová agentura ČR, 2018 - 2020
  • Structure and DNA delivery mechanism of gene transfer agent, Masarykova univerzita, 2019 - 2020
  • Structural studies of flaviviruses and their neutralization by antibodies (GA17-02196S), Grantová agentura ČR, 2017 - 2019
  • Czech Infrastructure for Integrative Structural Biology (LM2015043), Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy ČR, 2016 - 2019
  • Structural studies of human and animal pathogens from the order Picornavirales (3041), EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization), 2015 - 2019
  • Structural studies of human picornaviruses directed towards development of anti-viral compounds (335855), Evropská unie, 2014 - 2019
  • Příprava mezinárodního projektu MSCA ITN ´ViralDetectives´ zaměřeného na studium RNA virů (MUNI/F/0019/2018), Masarykova univerzita, 2018 - 2018
  • Structural studies of human and animal pathogens from the order Picornavirales, EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization ) grants, 2015 - 2017
  • Strukturní studie potenciálního protibakteriálního agens, fága 812K1-420 infikujícího zlatého stafylokoka (GA15-21631Y), Grantová agentura ČR, 2015 - 2017
  • CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology (CZ.1.05/1.1.00/02.0068), Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy ČR, 2011 - 2015
  • Structural biology methods (MUNI/FR/1676/2014), Masarykova univerzita, 2015 - 2015
  • Zavedení předmětu Strukturní virologie do výuky na oboru Speciální biologie, směr Mikrobiologie a molekulární biotechnologie (MUNI/FR/0109/2014), Masarykova univerzita, 2014 - 2014