Robert ČERNÝ (head)


Contact information:

Doc. Mgr. Robert Černý, Ph.D.

Phone: +420221951850


Room: 222


Personal webpage:

Laboratory for the study of craniofacial evolution & development


Research interests:

Developmental morphology; comparative embryology; evolutionary-developmental biology.


Proposed Bachelor and Master student projects to be found here.


Current projects:

Developmental morphogenesis of head and pharyngeal structures in axolotl, bichir and lamprey; jaw development and evolution; germ-layer origin of oral & pharyngeal teeth.




Recent publications:


Stundl J, Soukup V, Franek R, Pospisilova A, Psutkova V, Pšenička M, Cerny R, Bronner M, Meulemans Medeiros D & Jandzik D (2022) Efficient CRISPR mutagenesis in sturgeon demonstrates its utility in large, slow-maturing vertebrates. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 10, 750833.


Huysseune A, Cerny R & Witten PE (2022) The conundrum of pharyngeal teeth origin: the role of germ layers, pouches, and gill slits. Biological Reviews 97, 414-447.




Pospisilova A, Stundl J, Brejcha J, Metcher BD, Psenicka M, Cerny R & Soukup V (2021) The remarkable dynamics in the establishment, rearrangement, and loss of dentition during the ontogeny of the sterlet sturgeon. Developmental Dynamics.


Soukup V, Tazaki A, Yamazaki Y, Pospisilova A, Epperlein HH, Tanaka EM Cerny R (2021) Oral and palatal dentition of axolotl arises from a common tooth-competent zone along the ecto-endodermal boundary. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 8, 622308.




Stundl J, Pospisilova A, Matějková T, Psenicka M, Bronner ME & Cerny R (2020) Migratory patterns and evolutionary plasticity of cranial neural crest cells in ray-finned fishes. Developmental Biology 467, 14-29.


Fabian P, Tseng KC, Smeeton J, Lancman JJ, Dong PDS, Cerny R & Crump G (2020) Lineage analysis reveals an endodermal contribution to the vertebrate pituitary. Science 370, 463-467.




Stundl J, Pospisilova A, Jandzik D, Fabian P, Dobiasova B, Minarik M, Metscher BD, Soukup V* & Cerny R* (2019) Bichir external gills arise via heterochronic shift that accelerates hyoid arch development. eLife 8, e43531.




Minarik M, Stundl J, Fabian P, Jandzik D, Metscher BD, Psenicka M, Gela D, Osorio-Perez A, Arias-Rodriguez L, Horacek I & Cerny R (2017) Pre-oral gut contributes to facial structures in non-teleost fishes. Nature 547 (7662), 202-212.


Square T, Jandzik D, Romášek M, Cerny R, & Medeiros DM (2017) The origin and diversification of the developmental mechanisms that pattern the vertebrate head skeleton. Developmental Biology 477, 219-229.