Laboratory of Growth Regulators

Group head: 
Ondřej Novák
Šlechtitelů 27, 783 71 Olomouc
ondrej [dot] novakatupol [dot] cz
+420 585 634 852

Laboratory of Growth Regulators has been created in 1995 as a joined facility of the Faculty of Science, Palacký University ( and the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (
Research program of the laboratory is aimed primary at small molecules that regulate cell division cycle, proliferation and growth of both plant and animal cells. Namely cytokinins and cytokinin-derived purine inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases belongs to the most intensively studied compounds. The representative of the latter, roscovitine (CYC202, seliciclib), already undergoes phase II clinical trials in patients as a novel anticancer drug held by Cyclacel Ltd (for more information see actual Press Release).
Our multidisciplinary research team is composed of experienced plant physiologists, biochemists as well as organic and analytical chemists. Many students are involved in the research during their pregradual and postgraduate studies of botany, analytical and organic chemistry, biochemistry or medicinal biology, respectively.
Laboratory of Growth Regulators guarantees the teaching for biological study programs. Members of the laboratory give lectures from general botany, plant physiology, microbiology, chemistry, molecular biology, including practical courses and seminars.
Several reseach projects are in progress in colaboration with international partners (University of Berlin, Germany; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; University of Natal Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Vienna Medical University, Austria).


head of the laboratory
senior scientist

deputy head of the laboratory

senior scientist

scientific assistant

graduated technical assistant


Number of publications: 307