prof. DAŠA ČÍŽKOVÁ, D.V.M, D.Sc.

position: head of CECRM

ORCiD 0000-0002-2504-3993

  • 1998 – PhD., Biology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Medicine
  • 2011 – D.Sc., Neurosciences, NiU SAS, Bratislava
  • 2017 – Assoc. Prof., Anatomy, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice
  • 2021 – Prof., Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice

She has been working as the head of CECRM UVMP since 2020. For several years she worked at important foreign universities and scientific laboratories in the Netherlands, USA and France. She contributed to the introduction of CNS model systems, on which she tested treatment procedures using pharmacotherapy, cell therapy or biomaterials. The main direction are the therapeutic strategies limiting secondary damage, neuroinflammation, stimulating endogenous regeneration and improving functionality. Part of her research is currently focused on the field of cancer immunotherapy, specifically mammary gland tumors in dogs.

She worked in the VEGA and APVV grant agencies several years. Currently, she is the president of the Slovak Society for Neurosciences at SAV, an honorary member of Laboratoire PRISM – Unité Inserm 1192, Université de Lille in France, a member of the Federation of European Societies for Neurosciences (FENS), International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and Trans European Stem cell Therapy Consortium (TESCT). She received the 2018 “Science and Technology Personality” Lifetime Achievement Awards in Regenerative Medicine and Neuroscience. In 2015, she was awarded the “Ján Jessenius Slovak Academy of Sciences Honorary Plaque” for her merits in medical sciences. She is the holder of the “Award for science and technology in the category for lifetime merit in the field of regenerative medicine and neuroscience for 2018” awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic. In 2020, she received the “Košice Woman of the Year” award, and in 2021, she received the “Štefánik Prize” awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic and the French Embassy in Bratislava for international scientific cooperation. Her H-index = 25.


position: scientific and pedagogical worker

ORCiD 0000-0002-3408-6063

  • 2016 – Ph.D., Morphology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice

In her scientific research, she focuses on the study of canine neonatal tissues (placenta, amnion, umbilical cord) as an alternative source of mesenchymal stem cells in regenerative medicine. She participates in the standardization of protocols for the isolation of mesenchymal stem cells of neonatal origin and their genotypic and phenotypic characterization. At the same time, she is working on the introduction of standard procedures for obtaining conditioned medium from neonatal mesenchymal stem cells. Through her research, she expands original knowledge in the field of acellular therapy aimed at suppressing the inflammatory reaction, stimulating the growth of nerve fibers and revascularization in damaged nerve tissue with the aim of inducing regeneration in cell culture models with subsequent application in therapeutic procedures for neurodegenerative diseases. She is a member of the Slovak Society for Neuroscience and the Slovak Anatomical Society. She was the successful investigator of the grant VEGA 1/0571/17 dedicated to the morphological identification of the connection of the CNS with the extracranial components of the lymphatic system under physiological and pathological conditions. Her H index = 6.


  • 2021 – Ph.D., Neurosciences, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice

She applies her experience with molecular-biological and proteomic methods (PCR, qRT-PCR, DNA and RNA isolation, DNA sequencing, Western blot, dot blot, ELISA, immunofluorescence techniques) acquired during her doctoral studies in her research aimed at identifying microRNA molecules as potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of canine mammary gland tumors as part of a veterinary examination with the aim of increasing the success of early diagnosis, effective treatment and chances of cure. At the same time, she participates in defining the optimal type of peripheral body fluid (blood or urine) as a non-invasive input material for the diagnosis of mammary gland tumors in bitches. By research focused on small extracellular vesicles – exosomes and exosomal microRNA molecules, it contributes to the expansion of their importance in veterinary practice and investigates their prospective use as biomarkers of canine mammary gland tumors. She won the prize for the best scientific work of 2020 in the “Competition of young scientific workers of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the field of veterinary medicine” and 2nd place in the “Competition of young scientific researchers of the Slovak Society for Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Veterinary Sciences at the Academy of Sciences in Bratislava” in the veterinary sciences section. Her H index = 4.


position: administrative worker

Ensures the administrative and economic operation of the Centre for Experimental and Clinical Regenerative Medicine in the form of processing orders, invoices, personnel agenda, economic correspondence, participation in submitting annual/final reports of current projects and participation in the preparation of new national and international projects.