Karri Lamsa, Lab Head (Ph.D., Research Professor in Neuroscience Program of Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Curriculum: Dr Lamsa got his Ph.D. in University of Helsinki, Finland in 2000 and during this time he also worked in INSERM, Paris as a visiting student. He had his postdoctoral training in 2002-2007 in UCL (UK) and started as a principal investigator in 2007 in the Department of Pharmacology and then worked as a group leader in the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit in the University of Oxford (2012-2015). In 2015 he moved to Szeged as a Research Professor of the NAP program.

Research interest: The group investigates modulation and plasticity of the hippocampal and neocortical GABAergic inhibitory interneuron types. We have characterized various mechanisms of activity-induced plasticity in synapses between the cortical pyramidal cells and anatomically identified inhibitory interneurons. In our recent studies we have explored regulatory mechanisms of hippocampal disinhibitory connections. The research program funded by the NAP continues with these themes particularly focusing on human neocortical neurons.

Viktor Szegedi (Ph.D., Senior Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Szegedi received his Ph.D. in the University of Szeged studying synaptic plasticity in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease. He continued with the topic for his early postdoctoral training in the Biological Research Center in Szeged. In 2015, he joined ‘the Inhibitory interneuron modulation and plasticity group’ as a senior postdoctoral fellow. His main areas of expertise are single and multielectrode electrophysiology recordings.

Melinda Paizs (Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Paizs got the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience in 2011 investigating calcium buffering capacity in injured motor neurons (in the Biological Research Centre in Szeged). Her study aimed to understand the mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration. Dr Paizs joined the research group in 2015, and her expertise covers anatomical and immunihistochemical analysis as well as electron microscopy.


Eszter Csakvari (Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Csakvari started in the group in June 2015 as a data analyst whose expertise also covers visualisation and reconstruction of human neocortical neurons.

Dimitrios Kotzadimitriou (Visiting Ph.D. student)

Mr Kotzadimitriou is a D.Phil. student from the University of Oxford, UK. In his thesis project Dimitrios studies behavioural and network effects of genetically disrupted interneuron function. He is visiting the laboratory for six months from September 2015.

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