Balázs Ördög, PhD
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1991 - 1995: Dugonics András Piarista Gimnázium, Szeged
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1997 - 2002: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University
Graduated as an agricultural engineer with specialization in biotechnology. I completed my diploma project at the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics on the topic of an abortive infection mechanism of Bacillus licheniformis, under the supervision of Dr. András Holczinger and Prof. László Orosz. Many specialization courses were held at the Aricultural Biotechnology Institute.
2002 - 2007: Postgraduate training at the Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged.
After having been exposed to academic research during undergraduate years, I have quickly and inevitably gravitated towards biomedical research and got involved with the research area of the molecular biology of cardiac ion channels. My PhD project was supervised by Prof. János Szabad and was completed at the time when I was de facto postdoctoral fellow of the Montreal Heart Institute. I have defended my PhD thesis titled "Expression and function of the potassium channels of the human heart" and obtained the PhD degree in 2010.
2007 - 2012: Postdoctoral fellow of the Nattel lab at the Montréal Heart Institute.
Since I was trained as a molecular biologist, my primary role was to develop viral gene delivery vectors, to combine them with the molecular biology tools, such as, for example the shRNAmir overexpression-based RNA interference (1, 2, 3) or microRNA sponges (4) for microRNA manipulations and to adapt them for use in a number of various research projects, mostly in the field of pathomechanisms of atrial fibrillation. Lentiviral and adenoviral vectors were used for primary cardiac cells, including isolated cardiomyocytes, fibroblasts and Purkinje cells in vitro, while adeno-associated viruses were used in vivo.
2012 to present: Research associate of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Szeged.
I have joined this department of great history with the aim of domesticating molecular biology methodologies and applying them to support ongoing research projects supervised by professors András Varró and Julius Gy. Papp. In the meantime, the Cellular and Molecular Arrhythmia Research Group has been initiated, in which we set out to establish novel approaches to fundamental research in the field of cardiac arrhythmias by using genetics, molecular biology, cellular electrophysiology and pharmacology in an organically integrated way.