Karolina Pircs, PhD – Group Leader, Assistant Professor


phone: +36 1 459 15 00/60168



Ágnes Varga, PhD – Research Associate


phone: +36 1 459-1500/60369

mobile: +36 30 016 4787

Ági is a Research Associate in our lab. She graduated as a biologist, specializing in molecular biology, genetics at Eötvös Loránd Science University. Ági obtained her PhD in the field of cell biology, focusing on the autophagic degradation system of Drosophila melanogaster. She has experience in a wide variety of molecular biological tools, cell culturing  and microscopy. Previously she was the coordinator of the Semmelweis Onkobank, an oncologic tissue repository. She is the head of our FACS and Viral Vector Core Facilities. In her free time she likes to hike with her family, practice yoga and sewing.


Lea Danics, PharmD, PhD – Research Associate


phone:  +36 1 459-1500/60369

mobile: +36 20 670-1162

Lea is a Research Associate in our lab, who investigates post-transcriptional regulation of induced neurons derived from Huntington’s disease patients and is also interested in studying immunological and stress tolerance mechanisms during ageing and age-related neurodegenerative diseases by using the iN model. Lea obtained her PhD at the doctoral school of Theoretical and Translational Medicine Semmelweis University in cancer research, focusing on tumor immunity and stress tolerance-related surviving mechanism. Her background and further plans are opening new perspectives in the research group. As a pharmacist, she is particularly interested in identifying new therapeutic targets for treating neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of the work, she likes to spend time in the nature with her dog and making potteries as a hobby ceramist.


Kinga Vörös – Assistant Research Fellow


phone:  +36 1 459-1500/60168

Kinga is an assistant research fellow in our lab. She graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2018 as a pharmaceutical engineer with a master’s degree. She is especially interested in drug development, due to her focus on helping people. Kinga has experience in working with cancer cells and neuronal cultures. Besides cell culturing, she has a lot of experience in toxicological measurements and gene expression. Her favorite work field is immunostaining, where we can detect the amazing world of cells. Her project will focus on drug screening for Huntington’s disease. In her free time, she likes gardening and traveling.



Anna Abbas, MSc – PhD student


phone:  +36 1 459-1500/60369

Anna is a PhD student in our laboratory. She graduated from BME (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) in 2021 as a bioengineer with a masters degree. Anna has experience in working with adenoviruses and she is also skilled in virus diagnostics. Anna is interested in virus vector related genetic modification. Her research focuses on establishing and testing a new drug screening strategy for age-related cognitive disorders using induced neurons directly reprogrammed from patient’s fibroblasts and to study how neuronal autophagy declines during physiological healthy ageing. Her future goal is to use gene therapy in an effort to treat or halt diseases. Her hobbies are painting and hiking in the nature.


Balázs Kis, MSc – PhD student


phone:  +36 1 459-1500/60369

Balázs is a PhD student in our laboratory. He graduated as a bioengineer and later chose Info-bionics engineering for his MSc degree. Balázs studied a wide range of subjects from neurobiology to spin wave based computing during his studies. He has experience in cell culturing, magnetic simulations and with analytical chemistry. His current project focuses on the pathophysiological effects of age-related neurodegenerative diseases in induced neurons on autophagy and his goal is to provide a solid foundation to novel treatment strategies concerning these diseases.


Bendegúz Sramkó – Medical student


Bendegúz is currently a second-year medical student at Semmelweis University. He was awarded with a 6-year Scholarship, which will provide him with an opportunity to do research during his studies as a medical doctor. His project focuses on direct neuronal reprogramming using dental pulp cells. In the future, Bendegúz would like to be a medical doctor with special interest in precision medicine and neurology. His hobbies are canoeing and making ethnographical trips.


Roland Zsoldos – Master student

Roland is a master student student in our laboratory. He graduated from ELTE earlier this year as a biologist. He is currently continuing his MSc studies specializing in molecular biology. He is specifically interested in the molecular aspects of neurobiology and age-related diseases. His project will focus on neuronal autophagy during physiological ageing using CRISPRi gene editing in induced neurons. In his free time, he likes to cycle and to play video games.


Dorina Jamniczky – Master student

Dorina is a master student at the University of Milan, following the course of Molecular biotechnology and bioinformatics. She has a Bachelor in Bioengineering from Szent István University, and she is very interested in technology in general. She has experience in many areas of biotechnology, including plants and the environment, as she was doing some research in the Soil team in one of Norway’s most prominent bioeconomy research institute, NIBIO. Here she had the chance to get familiar with soil samples, plants and even worms as part of her thesis was about (vermi)composting. She was also working for the Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service, where she dealt with human blood samples and determined donor’s sicknesses, like HIV, HBV, HCV and Syphilis. She likes to work in the lab no matter what kind of sample it is about. She likes challenges and trying out new things concerning biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics. In her free time, she likes to dance, do water/team sports and play with her dog, Brandy. She is now facing the adventures of being a mother of a half-Italian child. 


Kinga Sándor-Bajusz – Guest researcher

Kinga grew up in the francophone community of Toronto, Canada. She moved to Hungary in 2010 to start medical school at the Medical Faculty of the University of Pécs. She graduated in 2017 with an MD degree, then in 2018 Kinga spent a few months in Madrid with the postgrad Erasmus + program, where she was able to complete a short-term fellowship at La Paz Children’s Hospital, Department of Infectology. During the same year, she started my medical residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Pécs. In 2019, Kinga decided to begin her doctoral studies and switched to the full-time PhD program in the Doctoral School of Clinical Neurosciences of the University of Pécs, which she is currently doing. Her main area of interests are neurodevelopmental disorders and birth anomalies, specifically oral clefts. Her involvement in stem cell research started with an internship organized by Trialect and Canis Majoris program at the Elena Pessino Gomez del Campo Neuroscience Laboratory, where she learned about the laboratory care of hIPSC (human induced pluripotent stem cells). This allowed her to connect with Karolina Pircs and her research team. Besides the medical and scientific field, Kinga loves languages and speaks four fluently (Hungarian, English, French and Spanish).


Pálma Zsolnai – Lab assistant


phone:  +36 1 459-1500/60369

mobile: +36 30 016-4491

Pálma is a lab assistant in our team. She graduated as a biologist, specializing in microbiology and received her Master’s degree from ELTE in 2015.  Pálma is performing a wide variety of duties to help the lab running, and also ensures all errands connected to the new Viral Vector Core facility.  In her free time she likes to hike and play board games.


Manka – Lab dog



Mateusz Skawski, MS – assistant research fellow