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President, Hungarian National Talent Support Council

As an ordinary biochemist, I have started to recognize the strength of the network approach only in 2002. This was the time, when I became increasingly aware of the need for a novel concept to analyze the massively growing set of genomics and proteomics data, and I recognized the special role of my original subject, molecular chaperones in the organization of the whole cell. Chaperones are typical weak linkers providing a large number of promiscuous contacts to stabilize network structures both at the level of individual proteins and cellular networks. In 2005 and 2006 we recognized that weak links have a wastly different meaning, if they are intra-modular or inter-modular structures. During these studies we were able to identify a special set of network elements, called VIP-elements or creative elements. Currently I am working on the role of weak links in the interaction scenarios (dynamic equilibria, games) between network partners.


Master of Science (honours degree) 1982 Eötvös Loránd Univ. Budapest (chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry)
Ph.D. (summa cum laude) 1983 Eötvös Loránd Univ. Budapest (colloidal chemistry, cell biology)
Ph.D. (summa cum laude) 1988 Hungarian Academy of Sciences (biochemistry, immunochemistry)
Habilitation: 1994 Semmelweis University (medicine, biochemistry)
DSc.1994 Hungarian Academy of Sciences (cell biology, medicine)


Research and Professional Experience
1983-1986 Postdoctoral Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Science
1984-1985 Visiting Scientist, State Univ. of New York, Syracuse, NY, USA
1986,1987 Visiting Scientist, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
1986-1988 Lecturer, Semmelweis University, Sch. Med., Budapest, Hung.
1989-1995 Assistant Professor, Semmelweis Univ. Sch. Med., Budapest, Hungary
1989 Visiting Scientist, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD, USA
1989-1991 Research Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA
1993,1994 Invited Scholar, Diabetes Forschungsinstitut, Düsseldorf, Germany
1993, 95, 97 Invited Scholar, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Science, Japan
1995-1999 Associate Professor, Semmelweis Univ. Sch. Med., Budapest, Hungary
1999- Professor of Biochemistry
2000- Invited professor: Denis Diderot University
2000- 2003 Chief Scientist, Biorex Ltd., Hungary
2012 Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center



11:30-13:30 18 NOVEMBER
youth-ways SESSION (reading room)