Ass. Prof. MUDr. Jan Polák, Ph.D., MBA

Vice-Rector for the Conception and Quality of Education

+420 224 491 278

Rector's Office of Charles University

Department of Educational Quality and Accreditation

Ovocný trh 560/5

116 36 Prague 1


  • Accreditation agenda: institutional, study programmes

  • Evaluation of the quality of educational activities

  • Evaluation of teaching by students and graduates, including analyses of graduate employment

  • Cooperation with the National Accreditation Bureau (NAB)

  • Implementation of the Bologna Process; international study programmes (joint degree/double degree/cotutelle type)

Professional profile:

Graduated in medicine and Ph.D. studies at the Third Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the USA at Johns Hopkins University on a Fulbright scholarship and was later appointed Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. Since 2017, he has been the Head of the Department of Pathophysiology at the Third Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, where he served as Vice-Dean for Development from 2018 to 2022. He participates in teaching undergraduate students and supervises postgraduate students, and is the chairman of the departmental board of the doctoral programme in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. His research and grant work with colleagues and students focuses on the influence of adipose tissue on the development of metabolic disorders, particularly in the context of hypoxia and sleep apnoea.

Work experience:

  • Since 2022 - Vice-Rector of Charles University for the Conception and Quality of Education

  • 2018 to 2022 – Vice-Dean for Development of the Thirrd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

  • from 2017 - Head of the Institute of Pathophysiology, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

  • 2015 to 2017 - Deputy Head for Science and Research

  • 2013 to 2015 - Head of Metabolic Phenotyping Group, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

  • 2010 to 2013 - postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

  • since 2003 - physician at the Internal Medicine Clinic, Royal Vinohrady Teaching Hospital, Prague

  • since 2003 - assistant professor to associate professor at the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University


  • 2016 - MBA (University of Economics and Management Prague)

  • 2013 - Associate Professor (Internal Medicine, Charles University)

  • 2007 - Ph.D. (preventive medicine, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University)

  • 2003 - M.D. (general medicine, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University)

Teaching activity:

Twenty years of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate studies - mainly in the fields of physiology, pathophysiology (with an interest in metabolism and hypoxia), practical clinical teaching (internal medicine, diabetology, endocrinology). Ad hoc teaching in the framework of lifelong learning. Supervision of postgraduate students.

International placements:

2010 to 2013 - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA)

2004 - Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2004.

Publication and creative activities:

83 papers in impacted journals, 2105 citations, h-index 27

1 utility model

Popularization activities:

➤ Various popularisation articles in the Czech press

Selected grants:

  • 2021 to 2024 - Principal Investigator of AZV ČR, No. NU21-01-00259 "New lipolysis inhibitors in the treatment of lipid and glucose metabolism disorders in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome"

  • 2018 to 2021 - Principal Investigator of GA ČR, No. 18-10144 "Hypoxia-induced mitochondrial adaptations as a unifying factor in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in sleep apnoea syndrome"

  • 2018 to 2015 - Principal Investigator of AZV ČR, No. 15-30155A "Disorders of fatty acid metabolism in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome"

  • 2013 to 2015 - Principal Investigator of GA CR, No. 13-27735S "Disorders in adipose tissue metabolism leading to the development of diabetes in sleep apnoea syndrome"

  • 2015 to 2018 - UK Student Undergraduate Research Project

  • 2012 to 2014 - UK Institutional Development Plan "Laboratory for Metabolic Phenotyping of Small Experimental Animals"

  • 2011 to 2012 - American Academy of Sleep Medicine Strategic Research Award, one-year grant support on "Effects of endothelin-1 antagonists on metabolic dysfunction induced by intermittent hypoxia in a mouse model"

  • 2005 to 2006 - Principal Investigator GA UK, No. 72/2005 "Determination of polymeric isoforms of adiponectin in relation to parameters of insulin resistance and dietary intervention in obese women"

Scientific profile (ORCID):


"Everything seems impossible until you do it."

Interests, hobbies:

Outdoor activities in mountain environment, photography, remote transmission of electromagnetic waves

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