Zoltán Jakus MD, PhD

Associate Professor, group leader

Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Department of Physiology

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Curriculum vitae (CV)

EDUCATION

2002 – 2006 Semmelweis University, School of PhD Studies, Budapest, Hungary
1996 – 2002 Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
1992 – 1996 Bajza József High School, Hatvan, Hungary

DEGREES

2006: PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Semmelweis University School of PhD Studies, Budapest, Hungary
Qualification: Summa cum laude
Title of thesis: Signaling mechanisms of integrins, Fc receptors and G-protein coupled receptors in neutrophils
(supervisor: Attila Mócsai MD, PhD)

2002: MD in General Medicine
Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
Qualification: Summa cum laude
Title of thesis: Role of tyrosine kinases in neutrophil effector functions
(supervisors: Attila Mócsai MD, PhD and Erzsébet Ligeti MD, PhD, DSc of HASc)

CURRENT POSITION(S)

2017 – present associate professor, group leader
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2014 – 2017 assistant professor, junior group leader
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

2010- 2014 postdoctoral fellow
Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Institute, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
(mentor: Mark L. Kahn MD, professor of medicine)

2008 – 2010 assistant professor
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

2006 – 2008 junior assistant professor
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

2002 – 2006 PhD student
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

1998 – 2002 research student
Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE OF HUNGARY

2010 – 2014 Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Institute, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Laboratory of Mark L. Kahn

2004 Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of California San Francisco, USA
(Laboratory of Clifford A. Lowell)

2001 Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of California San Francisco, USA
(Laboratory of Clifford A. Lowell)

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

1999 – present Medical physiology course instructor at the Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University

2007 – present Medical physiology lecturer at the Department of Physiology, Semmelweis University

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

2002 – present Mentoring 21 research students at the Department of Physiology of the Semmelweis University
TDK students’ results at research students’ conferences
Institutional TDK conference: 8 first prizes, 6 second prizes, 6 third prizes
National TDK conferences: 1 first prize, 1 second prize and 1 third prize

2014 – present Mentoring 6 PhD students at the Department of Physiology of the Semmelweis University

AWARDS, RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND OTHER HONORS

2016 Merit Award by the Semmelweis University scientific work
2014 Momentum program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2014 Lymphatic Education & Research Network Young Investigator Conference Scholarship Award
2014 Travel Award from the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs of the University of Pennsylvania
2011 Junior Prima Prize for exceptional scientific achievement in Hungarian science category
2009 Bio-Science Award for outstanding publication, XXXVIII Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Immunological Society
2009 Richter Award for outstanding publications
2009: „Must Read”, Faculty of 1000 – Biology (Re: Jakus et al., J Exp Med 2009)
2009: Featured in Nature’s SciBX (Science-Business eXchange) (Re: Jakus et al., J Exp Med 2009)
2008 Semmelweis University Institutional Research Grant
Title: Characterization of the role of Phospholipase Cγ2 in neutrophils and autoimmune arthritis
2008 Best presentation in clinical immunology, Backhausz Award, XXXVII Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Immunological Society
2008 Research fellowship for young scientists at the Semmelweis University
2008 György Miklós Award from Section of Medical Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2007-2010 Bolyai Research Fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (excellent final report)
Title: Characterization of the role of Phospholipase Cγ2 in neutrophils
2007 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Physiological Society
2007 Traveling Fellowship of Hungarian Physiological Society
2006 “Hottest paper of the week”, Nature Signaling Gateway (Mócsai et al., Nat Immunol 2006)
2005 First Prize, Veritas et Virtus Foundation Award for Outstanding PhD Studies
2004 Best presentation, Sigma-Aldrich Hungary Award, Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Immunological Society

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Hungarian (native language)
English (negotiation level)
German (beginner level)

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2019 Hungarian Immunological Society, Supervisory Board Member
2013 Member, North American Vascular Biology Organization
2012 Member, American Heart Association
2006 Member, European Society for Clinical Investigation
2005 Member, Hungarian Physiological Society
2005 Member, Hungarian Immunological Society

AD HOC GRANT REVIEWER FOR THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA; Hungary)
Reumafonds (Dutch Arthritis Foundation)

AD HOC MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER FOR THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS

Blood
Journal of Immunology
Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Immunology Letters
FEBS Open Bio
Frontiers in Immunology
Science Signaling
Molecular Immunology
JOVE