something about me
Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka, Ph.D. is a Professor and Vice Chairman, Director of Research at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Vetvicka graduated in 1978 from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic with a doctorate degree in biology and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1983 from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology, Prague. He is a member of the Czech Immunological Society, American Association of Immunologists, International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology, and American Association for Cancer Research. In 1984 he was awarded the Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. During 1984 to 1985 and 1988 he spent 18 months as a Research Associate in Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is author or co-author of more than 150 original papers, several review articles, and three patents. He is a co-author of the books Evolution of Immune Reactions, Immunology of Annelids, Aspartic Proteinases, Methods in Cellular Immunology, and Evolutionary Mechanisms of Defense Reactions, and co-editor of books Immunological Disorders in Mice and Immune System Accessory Cells. Dr. Vetvicka's current major research interests include the role of procathepsin D in cancer development, the role of glucan in NK cell activation, and the phylogenic aspects of defense reactions.
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