Saez-Rodriguez Group

Systems Biomedicine

Denes Turei

In 2011 I took my master degree in Biology at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary, specialized to ecology and carried out experiments with freshwater mesocosms. I defended my PhD thesis in 2014 at Semmelweis University, also in Budapest. I designed and built a number of signaling pathway databases with special focus on manually curated protein-protein interactions, and feedback loops involving transcriptional regulation and miRNAs. From 2007 I started to learn programming and bioinformatics a self-taught way. In particular PHP, JavaScript, R, Bash, MySQL, LaTeX, Linux system administration and Python. In 2014 I got a 3 years European Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral fellowship (EIPOD) from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), involving the groups of Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Anne-Claude Gavin and John Overington. My first project focused on a comparative analysis and integration of literature curated signaling pathway resources, as these are important sources of prior knowledge for many projects in our group. With Gavin group in EMBL Heidelberg I analysed lipidomics mass spectrometry data.

Research Interests

I am interested in various approaches, including networks and modeling, to capture the behavior of complex biological systems. Recently I focus on autophagy and I intend to develop efficient way of screening drug combinations effect on autophagic activity, and to build models of autophagy regulation.

Professional Career

2018-present Postdoctoral fellow at Heidelberg University and visitor postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg
2017-2018 Postdoctoral fellow at Uniklinik Aachen, visitor postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg and Heidelberg University
2014-2017 Postdoctoral fellow (EIPOD) at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany
2011-2014 Network Biology Group, Department of Genetics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
2011-2014 LINK Group, Department of Medical Chemistry, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
2004-2011 Hufnagel Group, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary


2011-2014 PhD in Molecular Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
2005-2011 MSc in Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary