István Katona#

István Katona
Membership Number:3685
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:HUNGARY

Present and Previous Positions

  • Since 01/2011 Professor, Head of Department of Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology, IEM HAS
  • 01/2011 - 06/2011 Visiting Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • 01/2007 - 12/2010 Senior Research Fellow, Head of Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, IEM HAS
  • 01/2003 - 12/2006 Bolyai Research Fellow, Cerebral Cortex Research Group, Head: Prof. Tamás F. Freund, IEM HAS
  • 09/2000 - 12/2002 EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany. Head: Prof. Peter Seeburg and Prof. Hannah Monyer
  • 09/1997 - 09/2000 PhD student, Laboratory of Functional Neuroanatomy, IEM HAS. Supervisor: Prof. Tamás F. Freund
  • 10/1993 - 08/1997 Student Research Assistant, Laboratory of Functional Neuroanatomy, IEM HAS. Supervisor: Prof. Tamás F. Freund

Fields of Scholarship
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cortical GABAergic interneuron diversity.
  • Synaptic neurotransmission.
  • Endocannabinoid signaling in the central nervous system.

Honours and Awards
  • 2013 Elected Member of the Academia Europea
  • 2013 Winner of the Momentum Research Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Winner of The Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2009 Winner of the European Research Council Starting Independent Research Grant
  • 2009 IACM Award for “for a considerable contribution to cannabinoid research”
  • 2008 Central European Talent Award, Best Life Scientist
  • 2003 and 2007, János Bolyai Fellow, Excellent Achievements Category
  • 2000 - 2002, European Molecular Biology Organization, Long-term Fellowship
  • 1997 Richter-Gedeon Research Award

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