Team:Szeged SA RMG/mentors


Sándor Bán

I started my career in 1993 at the Dugonics András Piarist Grammar School, Szeged, where I taught chemistry and biology, both as part of the regular curriculum and in advanced elective courses as well as special after-school lessons. In 1998–99, I played a leading role in designing and equipping the science section of the school’s new building. I was also the head of the department of biology and chemistry for four years. Since 2002, I have taught in the special biology, chemistry and mathematics programs at the Radnóti Miklós Grammar School in Szeged, mostly in small groups. Between 2005 and 2012, I headed the biology department, which developed into the most successful high school biology workshop in the country during that period, based on advanced Matura examination and competition results. My colleagues and I have also established a state-of-the-art high school molecular biology laboratory. This facility has been made available to biology teachers from other schools for in-service trainings as well as to students for selection tests for international biology competitions. My colleagues and I have attended in-service trainings in molecular biology at the EMBL laboratories in Cambridge, Heidelberg and Monterotondo on a number of occasions. Since 2009, I have been the team leader of the Hungarian national teams at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) and mentor to our national teams at the European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO). In 2010, I won the Rátz Lifetime Achievement Award. I am currently head of the EU-funded high school science laboratory.

Andrea Borbola

I’ve been an associate at the TERMOSZ Laboratory since 2014, I consider it as a prime element in my life. During my high school years I had the opportunity of assisting at the Cell Biology and Evolutional Micropaleontology Laboratory of the University of Szeged, which helped me start my scientific work. Throughout my university studies I was co-authoring several English publications, participated in an Indian-Hungarian joint research and for years I was the technical editor of the Plant Cell Biology and Development (Szeged) issue. In addition I also acquired some successful applications (pro Renovada Cultura Hungariae Fund – ’Students for Science’ foundation). My interests shifted towards molecular biology - starting from 2001, I carried out my PhD studies at the Genetic Institute of the Biological Research Center Hungarian Academy of Sciences); later on I worked there as a science assistant. Next to learning the basic molecular biology techniques and elaborating new methods I also participated in several conferences. At the moment I’m teaching Biology at the Randóti Miklós Grammar School and tending to the TERMOSZ Laboratory.


Gábor Rákhely, Ph.D.

1996: Teaching theoretical course entitled "Molecular biotechnology" at the Department of Biotechnology, A. József University Szeged 1997: Ph.D. degree: "Molecular biology of thermostable hydrogenases of mesophilic and thermophilic origin" Supervisor: Kornél L. Kovács, Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Center HAS 1998: Senior Research Asociate in Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Center HAS. 1999-2000: Senior Research Asociate in Department of Biotechnology, A. József University Szeged Teaching of theoretical and practical courses 2000-: Vice Head of Department of Biotechnology, University of Szeged 2003-: Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, University of Szeged

Lori Giver, Ph.D.

Lori Giver, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Biological Engineering at Calysta. She joined Calysta in 2013 and is responsible for R&D staff and project management. Prior to joining the company, Lori was with Codexis, Inc., where she held a number of positions including Vice President of Systems Biology, Senior Directory of Technology and Innovation, and Manager of Market Development. Prior to Codexis she was head of the Core Technology Group at Maxgyen, Inc.

Dr. Giver has focused her career on the directed evolution of nucleic acids, proteins and organisms. She has chaired several conferences in the field including Enzyme Engineering XXI and Applications for Enzyme Technologies 2013. She is an author on more than 10 scientific publications and over 50 patents and patent applications. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California-Berkeley and Ph.D in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Giver did her post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Dr. Frances Arnold.

Sergey Stolyar, Ph.D.

Research associate professor of Department of Biological Sciences University of Idaho.