Jitka Aldhoun
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Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road



Employment history


2010 - present Curatorial Assistant, NHM

2009 - 2010    Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, NHM

2007 - 2009   Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Charles University in Prague

2005 - 2006   Research Assistant, Charles University in Prague




2006     Ph.D. in Parasitology, Charles University in Prague

Thesis: Systematics of European bird schistosomes focused on the genera Trichobilharzia and Gigantobilharzia

2003     M.Sc. in Biology, Charles University in Prague

Thesis: New findings of bird schistosomes and phylogenetic analysis of selected species

2006    EU certificate for work with experimental animals (Qualifying examination according to the law on prevention of cruelty to animals, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno)




Phylogeny of parasitic flatworms

In collaboration led by Tim Littlewood (NHM) - study of interrelationship within Cestoda based on mitochondrial markers.


Systematics and life cycles of bird schistosomes, epidemiology of cercarial dermatitis

In collaboration with Petr Horak (Charles University Prague), Tim Littlewood and Bonnie Webster (NHM), Hubert Ferte (Universite de Pharmacie, Reims), Karl Skirnisson (University of Reykjavik) and Sara Brant (University of New Mexico).


Schistosome Group Prague
Helminthofauna of birds

In collaboration with Jilji Sitko (Komensky Museum Prerov). Prerov (central Moravia, Czech Republic) is a cross-road of migratory pathways between Europe, Asia and Africa; thus, we find rich spectrum of bird species and their helminths here. This work also provides new samples for the NHM slide and tissue collections. 


Management of the NHM collection of parasitic worms.


Aldhoun J.A., Faltynkova A., Karvonen A., Horak P. (2009): Bird schistosomes in the North: a unique finding from a prosobranch snail using molecular tools. Parasitology International, 58:314-317.

Aldhoun J.A., Kolarova L., Horak P., Skirnisson K. (2009): Bird schistosome diversity in Iceland: molecular approach. Journal of Helminthology, 83:173-180.

Skirnisson K., Kolarova L., Aldhoun J.A. (2009): Swimmer's itch and the occurrence of bird schistosomes in Iceland. Journal of Helminthology, 83:165-171.

Jouet D., Ferte H., Depaquit J., Rudolfova J., Latour P., Zanella D., Kaltenbach M. L., Leger N. (2008): Trichobilharzia spp. in natural conditions in Annecy lake, France. Parasitology Research 103: 51-58.

Horak P., Mikes L., Rudolfova J., Kolarova L. (2008): Penetration of Trichobilharzia cercariae into mammals: dangerous or negligible event? Parasite 15: 299-303.

Webster B. L., Rudolfova J., Horak P., Littlewood D. T. J. (2007): The complete mitochondrial genome of the bird schistosome Trichobilharzia regenti (Platyhelminthes: Digenea), causative agent of cercarial dermatitis. Journal of Parasitology 93: 553–561.

Rudolfova J., Littlewood D. T. J., Sitko J., Horak P. (2007): Bird schistosomes of wildfowl in the Czech Republic and Poland. Folia Parasitologica 54: 88-93.

Rudolfova J., Sitko J., Horak P. (2006): Unusual finding of Trichobilharzia sp. in Motacilla alba in the Czech Republic. Journal of Helminthology 80: 83-85.

Kolarova L., Rudolfova J., Hampl V., Skirnisson K. (2006): Allobilharzia visceralis gen. nov., sp. nov. (Schistosomatidae - Trematoda) from Cygnus cygnus (L.) (Anatidae). Parasitology International 55: 179-186.

Bayssade-Dufour C., Jouet D., Rudolfova J., Horak P., Ferte H. (2006): Seasonal morphological variations in bird schistosomes. Parasite 13: 205-214.

Rudolfova J., Hampl V., Bayssade-Dufour C., Lockyer A. E., Littlewood D. T. J., Horak P. (2005): Validity reassessment of Trichobilharzia species using Lymnaea stagnalis as the intermediate host. Parasitology Research 95: 79-89.

Van Bolhuis G. H., Rijks J. M., Dorrestein G. M., Rudolfova J., van Dijk M., Kuiken T. (2004): Obliterative endophlebitis in mute swans (Cygnus olor) caused by Trichobilharzia sp. (Digenea: Schistosomatidae) infection. Veterinary Pathology 41: 658-665.

Rudolfova J., Sitko J., Horak P. (2002): Nasal schistosomes of wildfowl in the Czech Republic. Parasitology Research 88: 1093-1095.