Szakmai önéletrajz


Present position: Head of Laboratory for Photosynthetic Membranes (since 1988)

Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Center (BRC), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Temesvári körút 62, H-6726 Szeged, Hungary


Date and place of birth: January 1, 1948, Szomód, Hungary

Nationality: Hungarian

Marital status: married, four children, wife: Anikó Bogdány MD


Positions and Employment:

1971- present: BRC, Szeged (1971-1974, PhD student, 1975-1983, research associate, 1983-1992, senior researcher, 1994- scientific adviser, 1999-2000 deputy director

1987-1995: Research Collaborator (intermittent) Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA

1999-2003: Széchenyi professor at the Department of Biological Physics, Eötvös University, Budapest

2004-: Biofotonika R&D Ltd, (co)owner and CEO


Education, scientific degrees:

1971, MSc physics, (solid state luminophores) Szeged Univ., Inst. Techn. Phys., Budapest

1974, PhD, biophysics and plant physiology, Biol. Res. Ctr. HAS, Szeged; Szeged University

1982: candidate of biological sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1992: DSc in biological sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Visiting abroad (for longer than 1 month):

1975: Centre d'Etudes Atomiques (CEA), Section Bioenergetique, Saclay, France, 2 months

1976: Moscow State University, Biophysics Department, Moscow, USSR, 3 months

1978: Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris, France, 4 months

1981: CEA, Section Bioenergetique, Saclay, France, 3 months

1984/1985: University of Illinois, Dept. Plant Biology, Urbana, IL, USA, 15 months

1985/1986: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Biology Dept, Upton, NY, 15 months

1987: University of New Mexico, Chemistry Department, Albuquerque, NM, USA 3 months

1988: Brookhaven National Laboratory and University of New Mexico, USA 4 months

1990: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA, 4 months


Main services to scientific communities and societies:

Intrenatl. Workshop on Photosynthetic Proteins, Szeged, 2015 chairman

Internatl. Workshop “Ultrafast Processes in Photosynthesis. Szeged, 2014, chairman

Advanced Training School of PHOTOTECH COST action TD1102, Szeged 2014, director

EBSA Biophysics Course on Solar Energy, Szeged, 2011, director

EBSA Congress Budapest, 2011, Scientific Cttee member.

FEBS IUBMB Congress, 2005, Budapest, Program Committee, Org. Cmt member

Advanced International Summer School on Membrane Biophysics, director (2001)

OTKA (Hung. Basic Res. Fund) Infraindividual Biology, board m, (2001-9, 2013)

International Society for Photosynthesis Research, area representative (1998-2004)

XIth International Congress on Photosynthesis, Budapest, Hungary, 1998, chairman

Hungarian Biophysical Society, vice president (1994-2002), secretary general (2008-2015)

European Science Foundation, Biophysics of Photosynth. Prog: Steering Comm. (1993-2000)

XIth International (IUPAB) Biophysics Congress, Budapest, 1993, Secretary General

Spectroscopy of Energy Converting Membranes; ESF Summer School Szeged, 1993, director

Biophysics Work Group, Szeged Regional Cttee of the HAS,founding president (1995-2002)

Committees for Biophysics, Plant Physiology Hungarian Academy of Sciences, member

IIIrd. European Photobiology Congress, Budapest, 1989, Program Committee member

Foundation for Photosyntesis, founding president (1994-)

OKKFT T/t (Hungary) Molecular Biology Program, Board member (1988-91)


Refereeing for about 50 journals, and a few foreign grant committees, incl.:

Biochemistry, Biochim Biophys Acta – Bioenergetics; Biomembranes, Biophys Chem, Bioelectrochemistry, Biophys J, Chem Phys, FEBS J, FEBS Lett, IUBMB Life, JACS, J Exp Bot, J Mol Struct, J Photochem Photobiol B: Biol (Editorial Board member), J Phys Chem B, J. Plant Physiol, Nat Sci Rep, Photochem Photobiol, Photosynth Res, Photosyntetica (Assoc Editor), Physiol Plantarum, Plant Cell, Plant J, Plant Physiol, PLOS One, PNAS, TIPS.


Human Frontiers Program; ISF (Israel), Fonds pour la Formation de Chercherurs et l’Aide a la Recherche,); NSERC/CRSNG (Canada), NWO Chemische Watenschappen (The Netherlands), USDA, Photosynthesis and Respiration


Teaching Activities:

Supervising for 19 PhD students (incl. univ. doct, and candidate degrees in earlier systems)

Member of 3 doctoral schools in Hungary

Lectures and practicals on Photosynthesis, Spectroscopy, Membrane Biophysics and Alternative Biological Energy (for undergraduate and postgraduate students)



J. Ernst award (Hungarian Biophysical Society), Straub Medal, 2001 (Biological Research Center), Knight 2009 (Internatl. Order of Merit of Inventors), Farkas Gábor Medal 2014 (Hungarian Society of Plant Biologists)