Professor Martin Hof studied chemistry at the University of Würzburg, and in 1990 he obtained PhD in physical chemistry.
In 1997 he started to work at the Heyrovsky Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he established a new Department of Biophysical Chemistry.
Since 2017 he has been serving as the director of the Institute.
In his research, Martin Hof focuses on developing new fluorescence techniques and their application in biological environment. He was the first who systematically applied the solvent relaxation method in biomembrane research, now adopted as a standard technique. He also introduced fluorescence correlation spectroscopy with z-scanning to obtain diffusion coefficients in planar systems. He thus elucidated the presence of microdomains in the membranes of living cells and the diffusion of peripheral membrane proteins. Overall, his work contributed significantly to understanding the organisation of biological membranes and the role of mobility and hydratation of enzymes in their function.
Martin Hof is the author of over 270 journal articles, 23 book chapters and one patent.
His activities combine internationally leading research, supervision of students and young researchers, with the management of one of the prominent Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Scientific integrity and ethics are always more important to him than accolades and publications in high-impact journals. At the same time, he cares about his family and accentuates a friendly working atmosphere in the Institute.