Vladimíra Hanzelová, RNDr., DrSc.


  • Institute of Parasitology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Hlinkova 3, 04001 Košice, Slovakia


  • hanzel( at )saske.sk


  • +421-55-633 14 12, +421-55-633 44 55

 Scientific interests 

  • systematics (taxonomy and phylogeny) of parasites with a narrow focus on freshwater fish tapeworms
  • biodiversity of multicellular fish parasites
  • developmental biology; studies of parasitic life cycles
  • ecology; burning problems of environmental pollution with respect to aquatic organisms
Work experience
1997 - present   Research professor; Institute of Parasitology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Košice, Slovakia
1985-2000   Senior researcher; Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia
1983-1985   Researcher; Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia
1975-1983   Ph.D. student; Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia
Education and training
2000   Degree D.Sc. (Doctor of biological Sciences; equivalent research professor) awarded by the Scientific Council of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
1997   Qualification Ia (research professor)
1985   Qualification IIa (senior research worker)
1975-1983   Ph.D. study at the Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia;
Degree C.Sc. (equivalent of Ph.D.) awarded by the Presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences;  specialization – Parasitology
1980   Degree RNDr. (Doctor of Natural Sciences) awarded by the Faculty of Science, University of P. J. Šafárik (UPJŠ), Košice, Slovakia; specialization – Experimental biology
1970-1975   University study at the Faculty of Science, UPJŠ, Košice, Slovakia
1967-1970   Secondary school; The Kováčska Grammar School , Košice, Slovakia
Working stays abroad
2011-2015   Agricultural University Plovdiv (Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection), Plovdiv, BULGARIA
2009   Institute of Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences, Borok, RUSSIA
2007   United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, USA
2005   Museum of Natural History  Berlin, GERMANY; Museum of Natural History Paris, FRANCE
2002-2003   Museum of Natural History, Copenhagen, DENMARK
1999-2001   National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), Station  d’Hydrobiologie Lacustre, Thonon, FRANCE
1986 - present   Numerous short-term interships at Biological Centre of CAS, Institute of Parasitology, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Åbo Academi University, Turku, Finland; Museum of Natural History, Geneva Switzerland; Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln,  USA; University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA and others.
2004 - present
  Member of the Assembly of Slovak Academy of Sciences
2010 - present   Member of Scientific College for Biological and Ecological Sciences of SAS
2010 - present   Chairperson of the Commission for the D.Sc. degree award in scientific discipline 010620 - parasitology
2012 - present   Member of the Committee for Agricultural Sciences of the Slovak Research and Development Agency
2005-2015   Member of the Ph.D. Study Committee, study section 4.2.5 Zoology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2000-2015   Member of the editorial board of the international journal Helminthologia

Member of the Slovak Society of Parasitology

Member of the Slovak Ichthyological Society

Prizes and awards
    Medal of SAS for the Promotion of Science (2012)
    Stanislav Procházka medal awarded for contribution in research of parasites zoonotic agents (2012)
    Prize of the Mayor of Košice for significant results in biological research and contribution to the advancement in the scientific discipline parasitology in Slovakia (2011)
    SAS Gold Medal for achievements in the biological sciences (2001)
    Medal of professor Ján Hovorka (2001)