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OTDK scores of the lab 2021

The 35. OTDK was held between May 3-6, and three participants from the lab achieved a competitive result:

  • In Microbiology 3.:
    • Zsófia Edit Tóth – special prize
    • Balázs Szücs – 2nd prize
  • Molecular and Cell biology 1.
    • Márton Horváth – special prize

Congratulation to them and to their supervisors!

The complete list os awards can be found here.

Nice things from the past

Sári is the co-author of a new manuscript [(title: Radioactive environment adapted bacterial communities constituting the biofilms of hydrothermal spring caves (Budapest, Hungary)] that has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. She contributed to this work in her former lab.

Also, Erik’s article [title: New insights on Hygrophorus penarioides and H. penarius (Agaricales, Hygrophoraceae) from Hungary] on a work related also to his former lab has been published.


Papers published this year

The following articles that we have contributed to have been published this year so far:

-Tanmoy’s and Renis’s paper was out in Virulence: “Eicosanoid biosynthesis influences the virulence of Candida parapsilosis

-Reni’s, Flóra’s, Tibi’s and Csabi’s paper was out in Scientific Reports: “Investigation of Candida parapsilosis virulence regulatory factors during host-pathogen interaction

-Csabi’s, Katica’s and Reni’s paper was printed in mSphere: “Echinocandin-Induced Microevolution of Candida parapsilosis Influences Virulence and Abiotic Stress Tolerance

-Csabi’s paper was out in Fungal Genetics and Biology: “2CORT0C04210 is required for Candida orthopsilosis adhesion to human buccal cells

-Erik’s and Katika’s paper was publushed in the Journal of Immunology:”Myeloid-Specific Deletion of Mcl-1 Yields Severely Neutropenic Mice That Survive and Breed in Homozygous Form

Congratulations everyone:)


Generous ISHAM Grants to our lab

We are excessively grateful to the the International Society for Human & Animal Mycology for awarding many of our labmembers with the  ISHAM2018 Attendance Grant. This makes it possible for many of us to attend the 20th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (Amsterdam) and present our research there.Image result for 20th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

Students’ Presentation Session

We organised our first Students’ Presentation Session (SPS) in February. Altogether 9 of our students (BSc and MSc) gave oral presentations on their research topics. These topics were very variable: implementations of the CRISPR-CAS9 system in C. parapsilosis, immune responses of human keratinocytes and oral epithelial cells against commensalist and pathogenic Candida species, virulence and stress tolerance of azole evolved C. parapsilosis strains,  immune recognition of C. parapsilosis, overexpression mutants in C. parapsilosis and zinc uptake in C. parapsilosis and its relation to virulence.

The SPS was an excellent opportunity for our students to prepare for their thesis defence as all presentations were thoroughly and constructively discussed by the other lab members.

Here are some shots of our students:)

Katica Kocsis



Emese Halmos and Máté Csikós:



Márton Horváth:



Zsolt Tasi:



Gergő Drabbant:



Évi Veres:dav


Flóra Bohner:



Tamás Takács:


We have moved into our new lab!

As part of the refurbishment of the Department of Microbiology (University of Szeged), we got a unique opportunity  to move into a larger laboratory room. We have recently finished settling in. Now we have much more space to work and also newly installed shelves, wardrobes and drawers too.  We are thankful to all who have made this possible: the head of the department, our PI and other colleagues.

Here are some photos: