David Kaftan

Atomic force Microscopy

dkaftan at jcu.cz
CH 01 019
+420 387776230


M.Sc. 1997, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Ph.D. 2000, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2002, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Group Leader, 2003-2011, Laboratory of Nanobiology, Institute of Physical Biology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Research Fellow of Institute of Microbiology, 2014-present, Department of Phototrophic Microorganisms, Třeboň, Czech Republic
PI, 2012-present, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Research Interests and keywords:
1) Thermal stability of photosynthetic reaction centers
2) Electron transfer in biological systems
3) Atomic Force Microscopy – imaging, force measurements
4) Structure-function relationships in bacterial photosynthetic reaction centers and their light harvesting complexes – Gemmatimonadetes, Chloroflexi

Key recent publications: 

Piwosz, K., Kaftan, D., Dean, J., Šetlík., J. & Koblížek (2018) Nonlinear effect of irradiance on photoheterotrophic activity and growth of the aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacterium Dinoroseobacter shibae. Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14003

Dachev, M., Bína, D., Sobotka, R., Moravcová, L., Gardian, Y., Kaftan, D., Šlouf, V., Fuciman, M., Polívka, T. and Koblížek, M. (2017) Unique double concentric ring organization of light harvesting complexes in Gemmatimonas phototrophica. PLoS Biology 15(12): e2003943. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003943

Shlyk, O., Samish, I., Matenova, M., Dulebo, A., Polakova, H., Kaftan, D. and Scherz, A. (2017) A single residue controls electron transfer gating in photosynthetic reaction centers. Scientific Reports 7: 44580, doi: 10.1038/srep44580

Zeng, Y., Selyanin, V., Lukeš, M., Dean, J., Kaftan, D., Feng, F. and Koblížek, M. (2015) Characterization of semi-aerobic bacteriochlorophyll a – containing bacterium Gemmatimonas phototrophica sp. nov. ., and emended descriptions of the genus Gemmatimonas and Gemmatimonas aurantiaca. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 65: 2410-2419, doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.000272

Research projects

Full list of publications

Curriculum vitae