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Prof. Dr.

Ferenc Nagy

Year of election: 2008
Section: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
City: Szeged
Country: Hungary
CV Ferenc Nagy - deutsch (pdf)


Ferenc Nagy is distinguished for his many important contributions to plant molecular biology. The majority of these were made at the Institute of Plant Biology of the Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary. As a postdoctoral fellow he made significant contributions to research into the transcriptional regulation of gene expression, but he is best known for his seminal work in photo- and chronobiology.

He was the first to show that the plant circadian clock controls gene expression at the level of transcription; he later identified key components of photoreceptor-regulated signal transduction to the central clockwork and recently provided experimental evidence about the function of the circadian system in controlling plant fitness and competitiveness. In addition, by demonstrating the light quality and quantity induced nuclear translocation of the phytochrome photoreceptors and the light-induced degradation of negative regulatory molecules, he significantly contributed to a paradigm-change for explaining light-controlled plant growth and development.


  • Research Professor of Cell and System, Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2008-2009 Senior fellow, School of Life Sciences – LIFENET, FRIAS, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Freiburg
  • 2006 Stellvertretender Direktor, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Ungarische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Szeged, Ungarn
  • 2004 Honorar-Professor an der Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg
  • 2001 Mitglied des Scientific Board, Max Planck International Research School, Köln
  • 2001 Habilitation an der Eötvös Loránd Universität, Budapest, Ungarn
  • 2000 Direktor, Agricultural Biotechnology Center, Gödöllő, Ungarn
  • 1998 Stellvertretender Direktor, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Ungarische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 1988 Forschungsgruppenleiter, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Ungarische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Szeged, Ungarn, und Friedrich-Miescher-Institut, Basel, Schweiz
  • 1986-1988 Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, New York, USA
  • 1983-1986 Postdoc, Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, New York, USA
  • 1981-1983 Forschungsaufenthalt, Biological Research Centre (BRC), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Ungarn
  • 1981 Promotion in Genetik, Plant Physiology Institute, Biological Research Center (BRC), Szeged, Ungarn
  • Studium der Biochemie, József Attila University, Szeged, Ungarn


  • Mitglied, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • Mitglied, Plant Biology Committee, Ungarische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • seit 2008 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • 2008 Szechenyi-Preis der Republik Ungarn
  • 2005 Bela Tanko-Preis der Hungarian Society of Biochemists
  • 2004 Academy Award der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 2001 Wolfgang Paul-Preis
  • 1997 Humboldt-Forschungspreis




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