Saez-Rodriguez Group

Systems biomedicine

Ferenc Tajti

Research Intern in Computational Biomedicine in Julio Saez-Rodriguez’s group at the Joint Research Center for Computational Biomedicine (JRC-COMBINE) in Aachen, Germany.

Research Interests

I am generally curious about complex – dynamical systems in a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary areas including systems biology, psychology and behavioural economics. My project in the Saez-Rodriguez lab is to expand the existing signaling pathways present in PROGENy by leveraging publicly available perturbation  experiments. Furthermore, we aim to infer pathway activity using gene expression in the context of stem cells involved in fibrosis of the kidney and heart.

Background

Initially, I started out as a Psychology major (Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary) because of my interest in the complex nature of human behaviour. After graduation I decided to embark on a journey to study the molecular underpinnings of neuro-psychiatric disorders at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. For the second year of my master study programme, I joined Professor John Gurdon’s lab at The Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. There, I conducted experiments aiming to gain insight into protein-chromatin binding dynamics using Xenopus laevis oocytes as a model organism. During my stay in Cambridge, I developed a profound interest in computational techniques for modelling complex systems. Currently, I am a Research Intern in the Saez-Rodriguez lab at the JRC-COMBINE, with the goal to learn dry lab skills that are required to comprehend the organisation and (dys)function of signal transduction in any biological context.

Professional career

2017-Present Research Intern in Julio Saez-Rodriguez’s lab at the RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Medicine, Joint Research Centre for Computational Biomedicine, Aachen, Germany
2015-2016 Research Intern in Professor Sir John Gurdon’s lab at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Education

2014-2016 Research Master of Science in Fundamental Neuroscience - Maastricht University, The Netherlands
2011-2014 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary