Katalin Karikó has been awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

2023. okt. 2. | News

The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet announced that Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman have been awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19"


2023. aug. 28. | News

On October 13, 2023, BRC celebrates its 50th anniversary in the building located at 62. Temesvári körút.

BRC researchers have uncovered the 700-million-year-old history of fungi

2023. jún. 30. | News

Important new insights into the early evolution of fungi have been published by Zsolt Merényi, László Nagy and their colleagues. The study, published on 22 June in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, revealed the genetic milestones of fungal evolution by comparing 123 complete fungal genomes.

BRC researchers discovered a new form of phagocytosis in the nervous system

2023. jún. 2. | News

Áron Szabó and his colleagues from the Institute of Genetics of the ELKH Biological Research Centre (BRC) conducted a study on glial degradation pathways in a model organism, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in the laboratory led by Gábor Juhász. The researchers discovered that certain proteins of the autophagy pathway, the machinery responsible for the lysosomal degradation of intracellular material, regulate the degradation of axonal debris produced in abnormal circumstances, e.g., brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, or stroke. This process is known as LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP). Since LAP is already known to be involved in debris clearance in astrocytes in the mammalian brain, it could also serve as a potential therapeutic target in the future. The study presenting the results was published in Nature Communications.

Bacterial Toxins Coopted by Insects Shape the Evolution of Innate Immunity

2023. máj. 17. | News

The immune system deploys effectors that are able to limit or kill pathogens, in turn, invaders developed various counteractive mechanisms. This host-pathogen coevolution resulted in the development of various forms of immune defenses and virulence factors in both hosts and pathogens. The evolved molecular networks that regulate immune responses are the result of this constant fight and their basic components are inherited across generations via vertical gene transfer.

New representatives of the Hungarian Young Academy from the BRC

2023. máj. 16. | News

Szilvia Veszelka, senior research associate of the Institute of Biophysics, has been elected as a member of the Hungarian Young Academy (HYA) for the period of 2023-2028. With this appointment, the BRC is now represented by two members in the 60-member organisation, together with Imola Wilhelm, senior research associate of the Institute of Biophysics, who has been elected as the co-chair of the HYA for two years.

Straub Days 2023 in the BRC

2023. máj. 11. | News

The "Straub Days 2023" event of the Biological Research Centre, Szeged will be held on May 25-26, 2023. The main theme of the event is evolutionary biology; lecture topics cover both theoretical and applied aspects of evolutionary research and show how evolutionary approaches can be used to answer old and new big questions in biology as well as in innovative projects related to fungal biotechnology and cancer research.

BRC researchers have discovered a previously hidden process of photosynthesis

2023. jan. 30. | News

The Biological Research Centre, Szeged (BRC Szeged), the University of Szeged (USZ) and ELI-ALPS Laser Research Institute (Szeged) have published a joint paper in the Royal Society journal Open Biology, revealing an interesting phenomenon in photosystem-II.

New center opened at the BRC under the leadership of Péter Horváth

2023. jan. 30. | News

The development of medicine and technology makes more and more tools and methods available for doctors and researchers to explore the molecular background of the disease progression and individual changes, knowledge of which enables personalized therapy.

Kinga Mészáros-Molnár won the Junior Prima Prize

2022. nov. 28. | News

Prima Primissima Award was established in 2003 to reward representatives of arts, sports, sciences, culture, education, and media in recognition of excellence in their field, a distinction providing a role model for the next generation.