Ján Turňa

    Prof. Ján Turňa´s professional career in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology is connected with the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Comenius University in Bratislava, the biggest and oldest university in Slovakia. He has been the Head of Molecular Biology department at Comenius University since 1997, and since 2007 also the Director General of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information. In March 2011, he was appointed as the Vice-rector of the Comenius University in Bratislava (until February 2015). A considerable part of his professional activity has also been devoted to science popularisation, focusing mainly on biotechnology fields. Furthermore, Prof. Turna acts as the Chair of the Slovak Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Chair of the Committee for postgraduate studies in the field of molecular biology, the Chair of the Commission for the biological safety at the Ministry of Environment of the SR, as well as a member of Scientific Committees at Comenius University and at Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is the plenipotentiary representative of the Slovak Republic in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory; Knowledge Based Bio-Economy Network; and in the European Research Infrastructure Consortium established by the European Commission.