Tamas Korcsmaros

Favourite Thing: Finding answers to exciting questions and learning new facts each day.



1997-2002 Secondary School in Budapest; 2002-2007 Eotvos University in Budapest



Work History:

Eotvos University in Budapest (Hungary), Department of Genetics

Current Job:

Computational Biology Fellow


The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)

Me and my work

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 ┬ápresent 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 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.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

modest, exceptionally clever, funny

Who is your favourite singer or band?

no favorites

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

went through the desert by a car in Nevada/California

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble in at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

developed a special database currently used my couple of thousands researchers

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Gerald Durrell

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

a person who sleeps a lot. But seriously, a director in a theatre.

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 :)

Other stuff

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