My name is Martin Holub and I grew up in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
As engineer with strong background in natural sciences and passion for cell and molecular biology, I enjoy trying to dissect complex biological phenomena into their individual constituents and aim at uncovering their mechanistic principles. On a long run, I want to contribute to our ability to harness mechanobiochemical systems to do useful work. I believe that synthetic biology and bioengineering offer an opportunituy for more sustainable future of humanity on this or any other planet.
I am currently researching the spatio-temporal organizing principles of circular chromosomes as a PhD candidate in the group of Cees Dekker at the Department of Bionanoscience at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft (one of five such institutes worldwide, the other are at Caltech, Harvard, UC Berkeley and Cornell).
I obtained my masters (cum-laude) from ETH Zürich where I specialized in Bioengineering. For my master’s thesis, I developed a method for measuring temperature on nanoscale using in Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy with Dr. Dmitry Momotenko at the Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Previously, I was an intern in bioinformatics with NEBION where I worked on analysis of big biological datasets from micro-array and next-generation sequencing experiments. Before that, I was with the Experimental Imaging and Neuroenergetics Lab where I worked on analysis of data from 2-photon fluorescence microscopy and calibration of novel chemical probe for longitudinal oxygen-imaging of deep brain tissue. Before this, I was with the Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication Laboratory where I worked on bioprinting and hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering.
I obtained Bachelor’s degree from Brno University of Technology (BUT) with the thesis Cavitation in Microfluidics under Prof. Pavel Rudolf. During my undergrad at BUT, I worked further with Prof. Pavel Neuzil on the proof-of-concept for point-of-care microfluidic device and Dr. Jan Jedelsky on fluid atomization in spray nozzles.
In my spare time, I love to cook, move around, enjoy art, tinker with microcontrollers or work on my bike. I am a dog person but have both a dog and a cat. In past, I was on Czech National Junior Ultimate Frisbee team and I am ready to argue with anobody who deems there may be a better sport than Ultimate.