Magdaléna Bryksová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Dr Bryksová is a researcher at the Department of Chemical Biology at Palacký University in Olomouc. Her main research topic is the synthesis of modern cytokine derivatives. She studies the structure-activity relationship of naturally occurring substances, as this enables specific targeting of the newly prepared derivatives. Controlled derivatisation or slight modification of the phytohormones positively alters the biological effects on plant cells and tissue cultures, allowing the development of new tools for solving a variety of in vitro problems. They can also be used to treat plants in the field without significant environmental impact.