František Foret IACH ASCR Coordinator of the Centre, Researcher
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Dr. František Foret is a deputy head for scientific affairs of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and head of the Department of Bioanalytical instrumentation therein . He received his M.S. degree in inorganic and physical chemistry at Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1981. He stayed at Slovak Technical University, Bratislava as a research scientist in 1981 During 1981 -1982 he worked at Military service as a head of the airport laboratory in Czechoslovakia. In 1982 he got a position as a staff  scientist at Institute of Analytical Chemistry of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Brno, where he received  his Ph.D. degree in 1991. The topic of his thesis was Theory, Practice and Instrumentation of Capillary Zone Electrophoresis. He spent his postdoctoral training at Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1991 - 1992. During years 1991-2001 he was at Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA  as a staff scientist and group leader. Since 2001 he is Department Head at  Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the AS CR, Brno.

These days he supervises graduate and doctoral students, and manages research projects with academic and industrial partners. He brought five PhD students to a successful defense in 2005-2010. He is frequent PhD examiner in domestic and international universities. His industrial experience is following: consulting Astra, USA, 1993, Periodontix, USA, 1994, Caliper, USA, 1995 – 2000 and People’s Genetics, USA, 2000 – 2001. Research Collaborations with Villa Labeco, Slovensko, 2009, Gyros, Sweden, 2001 – 2003 and Applied Biosystems, USA,  2002 - 2004. His research interests include microcolumn separations of biologically important substances, microfluidics and nanotechnology, mass spectrometry coupling and laser induced fluorescence. He is author of over 100 publications in international peer reviewed journals including a  monograph on capillary electrophoresis, 9 book chapters, dozens of invited and plenary lectures at international conferences and 16 (13 international) issued patents. WoS citations over 4000; H-index 40. Founder and organizer of the international symposium CECE 2004,5,6,7,8,10,11.  Chairman of the organizing committee of the international conference MSB 2010. Editor of the yearly special issue of Electrophoresis on Miniaturization – since 2001.

He serves the professional community a Deputy Editor of Electrophoresis (2001 – present), member of Editoral Boards of Journal of Chromatography A (1997–2012), Journal of Separation Science (2002  –  present), Journal of Microcolumn Separations (2000 – 2002), Electrophoresis (1999 – 2001), Biomacromolecular Mass Spectrometry (2004 – present), Current Analytical Chemistry (2005 - present), Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods (2005-2007), and The Open Proteomics Journal (2007 - present). He also served as Secretary of the Chemical section of the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences (2003 – 2006), Analytical Chemistry panel of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (2009-10 Head of the panel), 2009-12. Associate Director - CASSS – An International Separation Science Society,  Emeryville, CA, USA (2009 - present).

He received several honors and scholarships: Visiting Scholar, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2011, Member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic - since 2011, DCU International Visitors Programme Award 2007-2008, Visiting professor, Nanchang Hangkog University, China, 2007-2010, DCU International Visitors Programme Award, Dublin IE, 2007-2008, John N. Hatsopoulos Scholar, USA, 1998, Barnett Fund for Innovative Research, USA, 1994.

Research Publications foret [at] iach [dot] cz