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Dr. Ágoston Szél, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.szel_agoston

Current Workplace
Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology
Semmelweis University (SE)
Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 58. H 1094.

Contact Information

Place and Date of Birth
Budapest, 30 October 1955


Language Skills
English, German, Russian

Schools, Degrees

1974Secondary School Leaving Certificate (József Attila Secondary School, Budapest)
1980Medical Diploma (Semmelweis University of Medicine [SOTE], Budapest)
1989Ph.D. in Medicine (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
1996D.Sc. in Biology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
1997Habilitation (SOTE, Budapest)


1980-1981Medical Trainee, 2nd Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, SOTE
1981-1989Assistant Professor, 2nd Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, SOTE
1989-1996Senior Lecturer, 2nd Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, SOTE
1996-presentAssociate Professor, Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology, SOTE
1999-presentHead of Laboratory, Electron Microscope Laboratory, Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology, SOTE
2000-presentFull Professor, Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology, Semmelweis University (SE)
2002-2003Deputy Director, Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology, SE
2002-presentFull Professor in charge for training in German language
2003-presentDirector of Department, Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology, SE

1. Teaching:

  • anatomy, histology, embryology, developmental biology, neurology (for medical students and students of pharmacy, in Hungarian, English and German);
  • developmental biology (for Ph.D. students – Lecturer and Deputy Programme Manager in embryology, ophthalmology and neurology programmes);
  • tutor of TDK students and Ph.D. students (in research topics);
  • clinical anatomy, histology, developmental biology (propaedeutics, preparation of handouts, writing of handbooks);

2. Research:

  • comparative morphology of photoreceptors and retina;
  • developmental biology;

3. Special field:

  • developmental biology of chromatopsia;
  • electron microscopy

Major Study Tours

1987Free University, Brussels (1 month)
1989Freie Universität, Berlin (3 months)
1992-1994University of Göteborg, Sweden (2.5 years)
1992University of Lund, Sweden (6 months)
1997INSERM, U-371, Lyon, France (2 months)
1999University of California, San Diego, USA (2 months)

Important International Contacts
University of Lund, Sweden
University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Yale University, New Haven, USA
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
INSERM, U-371, Lyon, France


1989‘Eminent Employee’, awarded by the Minister of Healthcare
1989Lenhossék Award
1996Huzella Award
1996‘Eminent Employee’ Award (SOTE)
1997-2000Széchenyi Professorial Prize Fellowship
2009Ipolyi Arnold Award and Medal
2010Excellent Ph.D. Trainer Award
2010Semmelweis Ignác Award and Medal

Membership in Major Scientific Associations

  • Hungarian Association of Anatomy, Chairman
  • Hungarian Association of Biology, Member of Audit Committee
  • Hungarian Association of Microscopy, Member
  • Hungarian Retinitis Pigmentosa Association, Member of Scientific Committee
  • Scandinavian Society for Peripheral Sensory Physiology
  • Scandinavian Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation
  • ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), USA
  • International Calcium Society – Member
  • Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS), Section of Anatomy and Pathology Member

Conferences Organised

  • Semmelweis Symposium (1998)
  • Hungarian Convention of Anatomy (several times between 2001 and 2009)
  • Ph.D. Scientific Days (annually, between 2002 and 2009)
  • Worldwide Hungarian Medical Academy, International Conference (WHMA – 2005)
  • International Symposium of Morphological Sciences (ISMS – 2007)
  • Huzella Memorial Conference (2011)

Functions Held at the University

2012-presentSE Rector
2012-presentSE Program Leader in Embriology (School of Ph.D. Studies)
1996-presentSE Doctoral School of Molecular Medicine, Founding Member
2009-2012SE Vice-Rector for General Affairs
1996-2012SE Habilitation Committee, Member
1996-2012SE Quality Assurance Committee, Member
1995-2012SE Doctoral Council, Member of Directorate
2004-2009 SE ÁOK Education and Credit Committee, Chairman
2003-2009SE Doctoral Council, Chairman
2000-2009SE ÁOK Scientific Committee of the Faculty, Member
2001-2003SE Faculty of Medicine (ÁOK), Vice-Dean of Education
2000-2003PTE (University of Pécs) Doctoral and Habilitation Committee, Member
1997-2003SE Doctoral Council, Evaluation and Quality Assurance Committee, Chairman
2000-2002SE ÁOK Credit Committee of the Faculty, Chairman
2000-2002SE ETR Working Committee of Studies, Chairman
1999-2002SE Committee for the Introduction of the Single Study System (ETR), Member
SE ETB Sub-Committee of Travelling, Member
until 2000SE Scientific Committee of the University, Member
1990-1990SOTE Scientific Council of Students, Secretary of External Affairs

Other Scientific and Public Activities

2010-presentFounder and Editor-In-Chief of IMAS (Interventional Medicine & Applied Sciences)
2009-presentSection Editor of Orvosképzés (Journal of Medical Training)
2005-presentMedical Department of MTA (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), 3rd Committee, Member
2002-presentHungarian Medical Training and Hygienic Education, Member
2009-2012Member of FTT
2009-2012OTKA (National Scientific Research Programme): Member of Scientific Collegium
2005-2009Editor-In-Chief of Orvosképzés (Journal of Medical Training)
2000-2009OTKA: Member of Specialised Committee, Secretary, Appointed Chairman, Chairman, Jury of Anthropology and Neurology
2004-2008Member of FTT Training and Scientific Professional Committee
1998-2005Member of the Jury of Award for Bólyai Scholarships
2000-2003Consultant on Health Care (Ministry of Education)
until 2000Member of FTT Integration Expert Committee
until 2000Member of the Jury of Award for Széchenyi Scholarships
Individual evaluation activities (secretary, member and opponent of the Ph.D. and MTA Jury of Award; chairman, member of committee and opponent of evaluation of habilitation and Ph.D. dissertations - SE, PTE)
Reviewer of professional journals (Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, Vision Res, Visual Neurosci, etc.)

Publication Activity
Publications: 150
Cumulative impact factor: cca. 350.00
Citations: cca. 3000

Updated: November 2016