Contact information:

Mgr. David Jandzík, Ph.D.

Phone: +420221951864

Fax: +420221951841

E-mail: david.jandzik@natur.cuni.cz

Room: 222


Research interests:

Evolutionary-developmental biology, herpetology


Current projects:

Evolution and development of pharyngeal pouches and pre-oral gut in basal fishes


Recent publications:


Jablonski D, Nagy ZT, Avcı A, Olgun K, Kukushkin OV, Safaei-Mahroo B & Jandzik D. 2018. Cryptic diversity in the smooth snake (Coronella austriaca). Amphibia-Reptilia, in press


Jablonski D, Gvoždík V, Choleva L, Jandzik D, Moravec J, Mačát Z & Veselý M. 2018. Tracing the maternal origin of the common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) on the northern range margin in Central Europe. Mitochondrion, in press


Kotsakiozi P, Jablonski D, Ilgaz C, Kumlutaş Y, Avcı A, Meiri S, Itescu Y, Kukushkin O, Gvoždík V, Scillitani G, Roussos G, Jandzik D, Kasapidis P, Lymberakis P & Poulakakis N. 2018. Multilocus phylogeny and coalescent species delimitation in Kotschy's gecko, Mediodactylus kotschyi: hidden diversity and cryptic species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125: 177-187


Mikulíček P, Jablonski D, Páleník M, Gvoždík V & Jandzik D. 2018. Characterization of microsatellite markers in the genera Anguis and Pseudopus (Reptilia: Anguidae). Salamandra 54 (2): 158-162


Jandzik D, Jablonski D. Zinenko O, Kukushkin OV, Moravec J & Gvozdik V. 2018. Pleistocene extinctions and recent expansions in an anguid lizard of the genus Pseudopus. Zoologica Scripta, 47: 21-32




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




Square TA, Jandzik D, Cattell MV, Hansen AW & Medeiros DM. 2016. Embryonic expression of endothelins and their receptors in lamprey and frog reveals stem vertebrate origins of complex Endothelin signaling. Scientific Reports 6: 34282


Strzala T, Grochowalska R, Najbar B, Mikulíček P, Jandzik D, Lymberakis P & Jablonski D.  2016.  Complete mitochondrial genome of the endemic legless lizard Anguis cephallonica Werner, 1894 and its comparison with mitogenome of Anguis fragilis Linnaeus, 1758. Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources 1: 83-85


Jablonski D, Jandzik D, Mikulíček P, Dzukic G, Ljubisavljevic K, Tzankov N, Jelic D, Thanou E, Moravec J & Gvoždík V. 2016. Contrasting evolutionary histories of the legless lizards slow worms (Anguis) shaped by the topography of the Balkan Peninsula. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 99




Jandzik D, Garnett AT, Square TA, Cattell MV, Yu J-K & Medeiros DM. 2015. Evolution of the new vertebrate head by co-option of an ancient chordate skeletal tissue. Nature 518 (7540): 534-537


Square T, Romášek M, Jandzik D, Cattell MV, Klymkowski M & Medeiros DM. 2015. CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Mutagenesis In The Sea Lamprey, Petromyzon marinus: A Powerful Tool For Understanding Ancestral Gene Functions In Vertebrates. Development 142 (23): 4180-4187


Campo-Paysaa F, Jandzik D, Takio-Ogawa Y, Cattell MV, Neef HC, Langeland JA, Kuratani S, Medeiros DM, Mazan S, Kuraku S, Laudet V & Schubert M. 2015. Evolution of retinoic acid receptors in chordates: insights from three lamprey species, Lampetra fluviatilis, Petromyzon marinus, and Lethenteron japonicum. EvoDevo 6 (18): 1-15


Square T, Jandzik D, Cattell M, Coe A, Doherty J & Medeiros DM. 2015. A gene expression map of the larval Xenopus laevis head reveals developmental changes underlying the evolution of new skeletal elements. Developmental Biology 397 (2): 293-304




Jandzik D, Hawkins MB, Cattell MV, Cerny R, Square T & Medeiros DM. 2014. Roles for FGF in lamprey pharyngeal pouch formation and skeletogenesis highlight the developmental changes underlying jaw evolution. Development 141 (2): 629-638


Aigler S, Jandzik D, Hatta K, Uesugi K & Stock DW. 2014. Selection and constraint underlie the irreversibility of tooth loss in cypriniform fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (21): 7707-7712


Jablonski D, Alena A, Vlček P & Jandzik D. 2014. Axanthism in amphibians: A review and the first record in the widespread toad of the Bufotes viridis complex (Anura: Bufonidae). Belgian Journal of Zoology 144 (2): 93-101


Kvičerová J, Hypša V, Dvořáková N, Mikulíček P, Jandzik D, Gardner MG, Javanbakht H, Tiar G & Široký P. 2014. Hemolivia and Hepatozoon: Haemogregarines with tangled evolutionary relationships. Protist 165 (5): 688-700


Široký P, Bělohlávek T, Papoušek I, Jandzik D, Mikulíček P, Kubelová M & Zdražilová-Dubská L. 2014. Hidden threat of tortoise ticks: high prevalence of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus in ticks Hyalomma aegyptium in the Middle East. Parasites & Vectors 7 (101): 1-4