Éva Kondorosi

 

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Éva Kondorosi is a research professor at the Hungarian Biological Research Center of Szeged of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and head of the Symbiosis and Functional Genomic Unity. From 2016 she is a regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is also a member of the American Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea (London), the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the French Agricultural Academy and EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization).

Éva Kondorosi received a Fellowship Granted by the Republic for her outstanding academic achievements at ELTE University during her studies (Biology). Her research career began at the Institute of Biochemistry of the Biological Research Center of Szeged, where she is currently working. In addition, she carried out studies in many American and European research institutions (University of Sussex, Brighton, England; Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung, Köln, Germany; Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, USA).

She participated in the establishment of the Gif-sur-Yvette institute des Sciences du Végétal CNRS (led by her husband) as a research director and group leader. In 2007, she was awarded the 5-year NAP-BIO grant of the NKTH, based on Hungarian-French research, and created the BAYGEN institute, which soon gained an internationally reputation. In 2011 she was awarded the ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant, thus, she continues her research with her group at the Biochemistry Institute of the Biological Research Center of Szeged.

From 2013 she is a member of the ERC Scientific Council, and from 2017 she shall become ERC vice-president of the Life Sciences. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN secretary general, and at the request of UNESCO, she is among the initiators of the Women in Science program.

Her research focuses on understanding the biology of nitrogen binding by Fabaceae and their symbiotic bacteria. Her research has led to fundamental discoveries in the biology of plant organ-development, in understanding the role of the cell cycle, and in bacteria-differentiation guided by plant peptides. She and her colleagues are currently determining the biological activity of these plant peptides, which have the potential to be used as new antibiotics in certain areas of medicine or agriculture.

Her scientific work is measured by more than 160 outstanding publications, 4 patents and more than 10,000 references. Her work was acknowledged in 1985 with the Academy Award, in 2007 the Hotchkiss Prize, in 2012 the Széchenyi Prize and the international prize of IS-MPMI.

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