1997-2002 Secondary School in Budapest; 2002-2007 Eotvos University in Budapest
Eotvos University in Budapest (Hungary), Department of Genetics
Computational Biology Fellow
The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)
Favourite thing to do in my job: Finding answers to exciting questions and learning new facts each day.
Exploring the molecular world through computers in the internet.
I am working with the communication network of the cells. There are special proteins talking to each other. I am collecting and analysing data on their communication, and develop websites to help other researchers to examine these proteins. I am particularly interested about a special process in the cell, called autophagy (cellular self-eating), a mechanisms that helps cells to survive upon stress. The problem that this process helps not only normal but diseased (e.g., cancer) cells as well. Interestingly, some bacterial species present in our gut can modulate this process. Some of these ‘bugs’ help, thus they are beneficial for us and we often call these probiotics. However, there are some that are bad and could cause many problems, so we take antibiotics to kill them. But how can we know which antibiotics is killing only the bad bacteria and leaves the good ones unaffected? In my research study, I try to find ways to understand this and help other researchers to investigate the details.
My Typical Day
Watching the monitor, writing a lot of e-mails and talking to many people, having fun and discussing things about Star Wars.
What I'd do with the prize money
Help high-school students to engage with bioinformatics research.
Organize short trainings for high-school students to allow them to learn things usually only PhD students and older researchers can. Arrange lab tours to special laboratories containing very expensive equipments. And then, meet with researchers in person to discuss scientific questions.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
modest, exceptionally clever, funny
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
developed a special database currently used my couple of thousands researchers
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
a person who sleeps a lot. But seriously, a director in a theatre.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
went through the desert by a car in Nevada/California
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be happy, be successful, have great friends
Tell us a joke.
No more, sorry :)