RNDr. Jan Nekvinda, Ph.D.

Jan Nekvinda attended the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague between the years 2008-2018. He obtained his bachelor’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Jan Veselý when he was working on glucose-based asymmetric catalysts. He then moved to the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IIC CAS), where he started his work in the field of borane cluster chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Bohumír Grüner. He received his master’s degree in 2014 and finished his doctoral thesis in 2018. Both works were detailed on boron clusters in medicinal chemistry, focusing on the inhibition of tumor-associated enzyme Carbonic Anhydrase IX with excellent results. During those studies, he spent time at the Institute of Medical Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Lodz (2016) and the Jacobs University in Bremen (2016 and 2017). Immediately after defending his doctoral thesis (September 25, 2018), he moved to the USA for a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of prof. Webster L. Santos at Virginia Tech. He has focused on synthesizing heteroaromatic amines as potential mitochondrial uncouplers and on copper-catalyzed borylations.

Jan Nekvinda is oriented toward organic synthesis, boron clusters, and medicinal chemistry. He has multiple teaching experiences from organic laboratories at Charles University, Jacobs University, and Virginia Tech, and in Organic chemistry courses at Charles University or mentoring undergraduate students at Virginia Tech.

He is currently working at the IIC CAS, where he continues his research in boron cluster chemistry. He is a member of the Institution Council at the IIC and also a member of the Steering committee for the Gender Equality Plan. He actively performs institutional activities and manages the online content of the IIC. His goal is to establish a successful scientific group publishing original works and educating students.


2021-2022 – recipient of the Programme to Support Prospective Human Resources awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences

2022 – 3rd place Falling Walls Lab Czech Republic


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