Zoltan Molnar#

Zoltan Molnar
Membership Number:4929
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2007 - present Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford
  • 2000 - present Official Fellow and Tutor in Human Anatomy, St John's College, Oxford
  • 2020 - 2024 Einstein Visiting Fellowship to Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, host Prof Britta Eickholt
  • 2013 - 2014 Vice President of St John’s College, Oxford
  • 2013 - 2014 Deputy Head of Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford
  • 2000 - 2007 University Lecturer, Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford (Appointed until the age of retirement in 2005)
  • 1998 - 1999 Premier assistant, Médecine, Institut de Biologie Cellulaire et de Morphologie, Université de Lausanne, Rue du Bugnon 9, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1997 - 1998 MRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford
  • 1994 - 1997 MRC Research Training Fellow, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford
  • 1992 - 1995 Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford
  • 1990 - 1992 Baring Senior Scholar, Hertford College, Oxford
  • 1990 - 1993 Wellcome Trust Research Assistant, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford
  • 1989 - 1990 Soros - Hungarian Academy of Sciences Scholar, Hertford College, Oxford
  • 1988 - 1989 Resident in Neurological Surgery, Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Szeged, Hungary

Fields of Scholarship
  • Thalamocortical development and cortical specialisation
  • Comparative neuroanatomy of forebrain in mammals and sauropsids
  • Evolution of the mammalian cerebral cortex
  • Cerebral cortical development

Honours and Awards
  • ELECTION OF ACADEMIES (memberships/fellowships)
    • 2023 Elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London (FLS)
    • 2022 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
    • 2019 Elected Member of Academia Europaea (MAE)
    • 2019 Elected member to the European Neonatal Brain Club (society involved in the study of neonatal brain)
    • 2018 Elected Fellow of the Anatomical Society (FAS), Awarded New Fellow of the Year Award for 2018
    • 2015 Allan & Maria Myers International Visiting Fellowship, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
    • 2012 Elected Member of “Circle of Willis” Association of medical teachers at Oxford
    • 2006 Elected Member of “Bundle of His” Association of medical teachers at Oxford
    • 2020/2026 Einstein Visiting Fellowship to Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    • 2010 Medical Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, University of Oxford
    • 1999 Krieg Cortical Kudos Cortical Explorer Prize of the American Anatomical Society's Cajal Club
    • 1995 Biennial Rolleston Memorial Prize of Oxford and Cambridge Universities for 1994-1995 (given for the best DPhil thesis, Cambridge and Oxford)
    • 1992 - 1995 Junior Research Fellowship, Merton College, Oxford
    • 1990 - 1992 Hertford College Baring Senior Scholarship, University of Oxford
    • 1990 - 1993 Oversees Research Studentship, British Council
    • 1988 The István Apáthy Medal of the Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Szeged, Hungary
    • 1984 - 1987 Hungarian People's Republic Stipendium (awarded three times)
  • NAMED LECTURES (selection)
    • 2024 ERATO UK-Japan Joint Symposium on Circadian rhythms and Sleep, Mar11-13, 2024 Oxford Martin School
    • 2024 Keynote - International Neuroscience Conference, Pécs, Hungary 25-26th January, 2024
    • 2023 Keynote -16th International Congress of the Polish Neuroscience Society, 20-23 September 2023, Toruń, Poland
    • 2023 The 14th UK-Korea Neuroscience Symposium, Magdalen College, Oxford 15-16th August, 2023
    • 2023 Keynote - Black Sea Neurogenesis-2023, Varna, Bulgaria 01-03 June 2023 Organizer: Anton B. Tonchev, Medical University – Varna, Bulgaria, Programme Advisor – Wieland Huttner, Dresden, Germany
    • 2023 Keynote - Cortical Evolution June 21-23, 2023 – Burgos, Spain Organizers: Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Emiliano Bruner, & Stephen Noctor. Scientific Committee: Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Emiliana Bruner, Stephen Noctor, Zolán Molnár, & Chet Sherwood.
    • 2023 University of Debrecen (Seminar, History of Neuroscience Lecture, Lecture to 2nd year medical students)
    • 2023 Plenary - British Neuroscience Association, International Festival of Neuroscience 2023, Brighton, Special Session in memory of Colin Blakemore (together with Helen Grote, Anthony Hannan, Andrew Parker, Tara Spires-Jones)
    • 2022 Keynote Lecture on Wellcome Trust India Alliance – EMBO symposium on "Neurodevelopmental Disorder: Molecular and Cellular insights”
    • 2022 Keynote Lecture at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Anatomische Gesellschaft, Joint Meeting with the Anatomical Society, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    • 2022 Symposium speaker on NEURO2022, 45th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, Okinawa, Japan; Seminar at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science Tokyo, Japan
    • 2022 Symposium speaker on 10th European Conference on Comparative Neurology, Prague, Check Republic
    • 2022 Symposium speaker on 23rd Meeting of International Society for Developmental Neuroscience (ISDN), Vancouver
    • 2020 Symposium speaker on 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society, Perth
    • 2020 Welcome plenary address to the new cohort of medical students at Szeged University, Hungary
    • 2019 The 2019 Ray Guillery Lecture of the University of Chicago, USA
    • 2019 Presidential Lecture on 7th Croatian Neuroscience Congress, University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia
    • 2018 Keynote Lecture on the Turkish Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey
    • 2017 Opening Keynote Lecture, Aspects of Neuroscience, Warsaw, Poland
    • 2016 Peter Thorogood Memorial Lecture, 28th Head Group Meeting, UCL, London
    • 2015 Myers Lecture, Newman College, Melbourne, Australia and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
    • 2015 The 2015 Brain Awareness Lecture od University of Oxford at History of Science Museum, University of Oxford
    • 2013 Keynote speaker on MITT (Hungarian Neuroscience Society) 2013 Meeting, Budapest
    • 2013 Keynote speaker, 7th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, Budapest
    • 2012 Keynote speaker: 8th Hershey Conference on Developmental Brain Injury 2012: Latimer Place, UK
    • 2011 Presidential Plenary Address at “Genes, Brain and Behavior: The 13th Annual Meeting of International Behavioural and Neural Genetics, Society, May 11-14, 2011 in Rome, Italy

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