Dr. Nagy is chief of laboratory, Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged. He received his Ph.D. in genetics from József Attila University in Szeged and his D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Nagy was appointed as a research scientist in the Institute of Plant Biology in the Biological Research Center. He became a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Plant Biology at the Rockefeller University in New York and later an assistant professor in the University's Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology. He also held a position as group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland. He was elected a member of EMBO in 1998. He has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, the Szechenyi Professorial Fellowship, and a British Science Council Fellowship. He received the Wolfgang Paul Award in 2001. In 2008 he was elected a council member of EMBO. In the same year the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina invited him to join the academy as a member and he was granted the prestigious Széchenyi Award, bestowed by the president of the Hungarian Republic to outstanding Hungarian scientists. This is his third HHMI International Research Scholar award.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
In harmony with the circadian clock, light regulates plant growth and development. Plants have developed photoreceptors to monitor changes in the direction, intensity, spectral distribution, and duration of their ambient light environment. Ferenc Nagy's laboratory researches the signal transduction pathways and molecular mechanisms by which light regulates gene expression in plants.
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