Tibor Harkany#

Membership Number:4284
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:AUSTRIA
Homepage: http://cbr.meduniwien.ac.at/organisation/dept-molecular-neurosciences/home

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2013 - present University Professor & Head of the Department of Molecular Neurosciences, CBR, Medical University of Vienna
  • 2011 - present Professor of Neurobiology, Karolinska Institutet (20% commitment since December 1, 2013)
  • 2014 - 2015 Team leader, European Neuroscience Institute Vienna (ENI-Net; http://www.eni-net.org)
  • 2007 - 2013 SULSA Professor of Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (adjunct 2011-2013)
  • 2009 - 2010 Team leader, European Neuroscience Institute Aberdeen (ENI-Net; http://www.eni-net.org)
  • 2009 - 2010 Senior scientist of the Karolinska Institutet (20% commitment).
  • 2005 - 2008 Associate Professor (docent), Karolinska Institutet
  • 2004 - 2005 Assistant Professor (Forskarassistent), Swedish Medical Research Council
  • 2002 – 2004 Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1999 – 2001, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Animal Physiology, University of Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands

Fields of Scholarship
  • Maternal drug abuse and its impact on fetal brain development
  • Molecular blueprint and developmental biology of endocannabinoid signaling
  • Axon guidance and synaptogenesis by bioactive lipids
  • Exploitation of endocannabinoid signaling for therapeutic benefit in developing pancreas, muscle and brain
  • Discovery of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as a functional antagonist at cannabinoid receptors and its downstream targets
  • Determination of three-dimensional histogenesis by coexistent receptor systems
  • Analysis of neuronal diversity in the brain: discovery of neuronal subtypes in human brain ("shell cells") and hypothalamus
  • Discovery and analysis of calcium sensor proteins, particularly secretagogin and NECABs
  • Description of a molecular cascade allowing for fast phasic CRH release through first combination of RNA-seq and proteomics
  • Establishment of unbiased neuronal subclassification by combining electrophysiology and single-cell RNA sequencing

Honours and Awards
  • 2013 Eric K. Fernström Prize for young researchers (Stockholm/Lund)
  • 2013 “IACM” Award 2013 for Young Researchers (by the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines).
  • 2012 Anders Jahre medical prize for young researchers (University of Oslo). Shared with K. Petras (Lund University)
  • 2010 Elected Fellow (FSB), Society for Biology, United Kingdom
  • 2009 Elected Member of the Society of Hungarian Scientists and Scholars; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2008 Senior researcher award, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2008 Graduate studentship award, Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership, Medical Research Council – Toxicology Unit, UK
  • 2007 Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) - Young Investigator Programme
  • 2007 Prize graduate studentship, Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA)
  • 2007 Readership, Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA), Cell Biology Directorate
  • 2002 - 2004 Post-doctoral fellowship (‘Cell replacement strategies in neurodegenerative disorders’), Karolinska Institutet
  • 1998 Short-term fellowship of the International Soros Foundation
  • 1996 Short-term fellowship of the Eötvös Foundation, Hungarian Scholarship Board
  • 1997 Fulbright fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (declined)
  • 1996 – 1997 ‘Ph.D. thesis support’ from the Hungarian Credit Bank (MHB/ABN AMRO)
  • 1993 – 1995 ‘Outstanding Young Biologist’, Scholarship of Varga Béla Foundation (Hungary)
  • 1993 – 1995 Hungarian State Scholarship

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