doc. RNDr. Martin Kundrát, PhD.

Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate
at Center for Interdisciplinary Biosciences
Faculty of Science, University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice.

Head of PaleoBioImaging Lab and Archosaur Evo-Devo Research Group

E-mail: martin.kundrat(at)
Lab Page:
Tel: +421(55) 234–2242
Fax: +421(55) 622–8109

2013 – Associate Professor in Zoology – Palacký University in Olomouc
2005 – PhD in Zoology – Chalrles University in Prague
2001 – Rerum Naturalium Doctoris in Zoology – Charles University in Prague
1992 – Mgr. in Biology-Chemistry – P. J. Šafárik University in Košice

Postdoctoral Research Training:
2007–2008 – Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA
2006–2007 – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2005–2006 – Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

English, Russian, Czech

Former Professional Affiliations:
2010–2015 – Researcher in Evolutionary Organismal Biology and Responsible for Archosaur Evo-Devo Research Program
Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

2008–2010 – Senior Researcher in Vertebrate Paleobiology
Earth Science Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Banská Bystrica

2003–2005 – Researcher in Evolutionary Morphology
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

2003–2004 – Assitant in Human Histology and Embryology
Institute of Histolohy and Embryology, 1. Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

1997–1998 – Head of Paleontological Research Station
Slovak National Museum, Bratislava

1996–1997 – Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Gemer-Malohont Museum, Rimavská Sobota

1992–1996 – Researcher in Zoology
Department of Anthropology and Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik, Košice

Lab Members – Postgraduate Students:
2013–2017 – MSc. Cazhi Shen, China
2016-present – MSc. Jason Hogan, USA

Current Projects (In Total: 28):
2017 – Evolution of flightlessness and gigantism in the island birds: model of the subrecent ornithofauna of New Zealand and Madagascar
Project ID: 1/0853/17
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: VEGA, Slovakia

2017 – Evolutionary origin and innovations of skeleton-dental characters in Archosauria – Part 2
Project ID: 20165224
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Elettra Synchrotron, Italy

2016 – The evolution of flightless gigantic birds: quantitative reconstruction of 3D growth modules of moa (New Zealand) and the elephant bird (Madagascar) based on correlations with their closest recent relatives, tinamous and kiwis
Project ID: 32694
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Synchrotron Spring-8, Japan

2016 – Evolutionary origin and innovations of skeleton-dental characters in Archosauria
Project ID: 20155058
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Elettra Synchrotron, Italy

2015 – Quantitative analysis of bone microstructure in bird-like dinosaurs and early birds: implications to thermoregulation and paleogenomics
Project ID: 20150130
Position: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Paul Scherrer Institut, Swiss Light Source, Switzerland

2015 – Exploring unique aspects of Australian Dinosaurs: (a) post-cranial structure of Leaellynasaura amicagraphica, and (b) locomotion of Triassic dinosauromorphs
Project ID: M8910
Position: Co-Investigator
Funding Source: The Australian Synchrotron, Australia

Expeditions (In Total: 15):
2014 – Leader – Henan Dinosaur Nesting Area Field Work, China
2013 – Leader – Iranian-Swedish Dinosaur Expedition, Iran
2013 – Leader – Siberian Early Tetrapod Expedition, Russia
2012 – Leader – Russian-Swedish Altay Jurassic Expedition, Russia
2011 – Leader – Xixia Dinosaur Egg Field Work, China
2011 – Leader – Siberian Early Tetrapod Expedition, Russia
2010 – Leader – Argentinian-Swedish Dinosaur Expedition, Argentina
2007 – Invited Researcher – Korean-Mongolian International Dinosaur Project, Mongolia
2005 – Invited Researcher – Dinosaur Provincial Park Field Work, Canada
1996 – Leader – Hajnáčka Expedition, Slovakia

New Extinct Taxa Designed:
2016 – the Lower Cretaceous dinosaur: Savannasaurus elliotorum, Queensland, Australia
2016 – the Upper Cretaceous dinosaur: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis, Ganzhou, China
2015 – the Upper Jurassic pterosaur: Orienthognathus chaoyangensis, Liaoning, China
2012 – the Upper Cretaceous pterosaur: Aerotitan sudamericanus, Patagonia, Argentina
2012 – the Upper Cretaceous dinosaur: Bonapartenykus ultimus, Patagonia, Argentina

Honors and Awards – Invited Positions:
2016 – Invited Fellow – Institute of Geology, Chinese academy of Geological Sciences Beijing, China
2016-present – Member of the Scientific Board for Postgraduate Studies in Paleontology – Department of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015-present – Editorial Board: Historical Biology – An International Journal of Paleobiology; Publisher: Taylor & Francis
2013 – Invited Researcher – European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Paris, France
2012 – Invitation for writing peer-reviewed chapter in presitgious scientific book (see below)
2012 – Invited Researcher – European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Paris, France
Versita, co-published with Springer-Verlag
2009 – ESRF Paleo-Initiative Group – European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France
2009 – Invited Professor – Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France
2009 – Invited Fellow – Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
2008 – Invited Professor – Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France
2007–2009 – Editor of The Central European Journal of Biology; Publisher: Versita, co-published with Springer-Verlag
2004 – Welcomme Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology Award – California University in San Fracisco, USA
2003–2004 – NATO Science Fellowship Programm Winner – Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA
1992 – P.J. Šafárik University´s Rector award for outstanding study results, Košice, Slovakia

Selected Invited Lectures (In Total: 38):
2016 Jul 12 – Jiangxi Professional College of Applied Technology, Guanzhou, China
2015 Mar 24 – Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
2014 Nov 26 – Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China
2014 Nov 21 – Plenary Lecture at Zoológia 2014 Congress, Prešov, Slovakia
2013 Dec 5 – Korea-Mongolia International Dinosaur Symposium, South Korea
2013 Sep 23 – Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
2012 Nov 22 – Plenary Lectue at Zoológia 2012 Congress, Zvolen Slovakia
2011 May 27 – Abteilung Molekulare Embryologie, Universität Freiburg, Germany
2009 Dec 14 – Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
2009 Oct 13 –European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France
2009 Jun 4 – Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
2009 May 26 – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada
2009 Apr 11 – Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2009 – Goseong International Dinosaur Symposium, South Korea
2008 Sep 24 – Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, AB, Canada
2007 Sep 28 – Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China
2005 Dec 8 – Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
2005 Nov 3 – Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2005 Sep 2 – Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
2005 Jun 13 – Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA
2004 Apr 14 – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, USA
2004 Mar 23 – Department of Biological Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA
2003 Jul 4 – Laboratory for Evolutionary Morphology, Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan
2001 Sep 21 – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada

Invited Major Interviews (In Total: 24):
2016 – by T. Watson, USA Today
2015 – by M. Balter, Science
2015 – by V. Richter, Cosmos Magazine, Australia
2015 – by E. Spink, The Dominion Post, New Zealand
2016 – by Ch. Yang, Xinhua News Agency of China
2014 – by E. Callaway, Nature
2009 – by D. Chinoy, China Daily
2008 – by J. Matejíčková, Quark, Slovakia
2004 – by E. Pennissi, Science
2004 – by S. Freeman, The Republican, USA

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (In Total: 33; Citations: 306; HirIn: 10):
2017 – Pu, H., Currie, P. J., Lü, J., Zelenitsky, D. K., Carpenter, K., Li, X., Koppelhus, E. B., Jia, S., Xiao, L., Chuang, H., Li, T., Kundrát, M., Shen, C. Perinate and eggs of a giant caenagnathid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of central China. Nature Communications (accepted).
IF: 11.329

2016 – Lü, J., Kundrát, M., Shen, C. A reappraisal of the morphology, histology, and systematic position of the pterosaur Gladocephaloideus from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China. Plos ONE 11(6): e0154888.
IF: 3.540

2016 – Poropat, S. F., Mannion, P. D., Upchurch, P., Hocknull, S. A., Kear, B. P., Kundrát, M., Tischler, T. R., Sloan, T., Sinapius, G. H. K., Elliot, J. A., Elliott, D. A. New Australian sauropod dinosaurs elucidate Cretaceous biogeography. Scientific Reports 6: 34467.
IF: 5.228

2016 – Kundrát, M. Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution edited by Kenneth P. Dial, Neil Shubin and Elizabeth L. Brainerd. Systematic Biology 65(2): 349–352.
IF: 14.387

2015 – Lü, J., Pu, H., Kobayashi, Y., Xu, L., Chang, H., Shang, Y., Liu, D., Lee, Y-N., Kundrát, M., Shen, C. A new oviraptorid dinosaur (Dinosauria: Oviraptorosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of southern China and its paleobiogeographical implications. Scientific Reports 5: 11490.
IF: 5.078

2015 – Fernandez, V., Buffetaut, E., Suteethorn, V., Rage, J-C., Tafforeau, P., Kundrát, M. (corresp. author). Evidence of egg diversity in squamate evolution from Cretaceous anguimorph embryos. PloS ONE 10(7): e0128610.
IF: 3.534

2012 – Kundrát, M. Phenotypic and geographic diversity of the European lesser panda Parailurus. In Red Panda – Biology and Conservation of the First Panda (ed. A. R. Glatston), 61–88, Elsevier, Academic Press: Boston, Heidelberg, London, New York, Oxford, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo.

2009 – Kundrát, M. Heterochronic shift between early organogenesis and migration of cephalic neural crest cells in the two divergent evolutionary archosaur phenotypes: crocodile and ostrich. Evolution & Development 11(5): 535–546.
IF: 3.627

2009 – Kundrát, M. Primary chondrification foci in the wing basipodium of Struthio camelus with comments on interpretation of autopodial elements in Crocodilia and Aves. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular Developmental Evolution) 312B(1): 30–41.
IF: 3.364

2008 – Kundrát, M. (corresp. author), Joss, J., Smith, M. M.. Fate mapping in embryos of Neoceratodus forsteri reveals cranial neural crest participation in tooth development as conserved from lungfish to tetrapods. Evolution & Development 10(5): 531–536.
IF: 3.733

2007 – Kundrát, M. 2007. Avian-like attributes of a virtual brain model of the oviraptorid theropod Conchoraptor gracilis. Naturwissenschaften 94(6): 499–504.
IF: 2.021

2003 – Galis, F., Kundrát, M., Sinervo, B. 2003. An old controversy solved: Bird embryos have five fingers. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 18(1): 7–9.
IF: 11.929

Selected Science Popularization Articles (In Total: 43)
2016 – Kundrát, M. Titáni pavekej Austrálie. Quark 12: 28–29. [in Slovak]
2016 – Kundrát, M. Pravek vo vysokom rozlíšení (venované Prof. Zdeňkovi V. Špinarovi). Quark 5: 27–29. [in Slovak]
2016 – Kundrát, M. Nájdený ale prehliadnutý: ako som objavil zub Homo erectus pekinensis. Quark 1: 28–29. [in Slovak]
2015 – Kundrát, M. Na love v čínskom praveku. Quark 11: 22–24. [in Slovak]
2015 – Kundrát, M. Odkedy žijú na Slovensku vtáky? Quark 2: 24–25. [in Slovak]
2014 – Kundrát, M. Argentinský úsvit dinosaurov – časť prvá: Talampaya. Quark 12: 23–26. [in Slovak]
2013 – Kundrát, M. Titani pravekého neba. Quark 2: 24–25. [in Slovak]
2012 – Kundrát, M. Pôvabný operený tyran. Quark 6: 20–21. [in Slovak]
2011 – Kundrát, M. V hniezdisku čínskeho draka. Quark 12: 32–33. [in Slovak]
2010 – Kundrát, M. Raptor – viac ako plaz a menej ako vták. Quark 5: 26–27. [in Slovak]
2009 – Kundrát, M. Evolučné posolstvo Darwina. Quark 6 (príloha): 1–8. [in Slovak]
2008 – Kundrát, M. Žili dinosauri aj u nás? Quark 4: 22. [in Slovak]