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Young Hungarian Researcher Holds Presentation at London’s Imperial College

Tom Szigeti 2017.03.22.

The London Community Square and youth office, launched by The New Generation Centre and the Hungarian National Talent Program, works to organize technical programs, various training programs, advice and consultation events, workshops, and cultural, community-building events in both Hungary and the UK for young Hungarians living abroad.

Earlier this month, on March 4th, the 1st Forum of Hungarian Architects Conference series was held at Imperial College. The program was jointly organized by Katalin André, a Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program scholarship-holder and certified landscape architect; the Kingston Hungarian Society; and the New Generation Centre.

The event was aimed at young people of Hungarian background living in the UK; one of its core goals was to familiarize those living in the UK with international technical developments, as well as with parallels and points of connection between British and Hungarian architectural practices.

Overall, the New Generation Centre’s goals are two-fold: on the one hand, it works to discover the talents of Hungarian living in the UK, and to provide them with alternative opportunities that help them be able to find opportunities to expand their skills in Hungary. At the same time, the Centre also works to provide opportunities for young Hungarians who have never presented internationally about their ideas and research to do so.

It was as part of this latter program that PhD student Ákos Nyerges, who works at Csaba Pál’s laboratory at the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, presented his research on March 9th at London’s Imperial College. The program was jointly organized by the Imperial College Hungarian Society and the New Generation Centre.

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Before Nyerges’ presentation, Dr. David McClymont, the head of automation at the London DNA foundry, held a brief overview entitled Building Scalable Workflows for DNA Assembly Using BASIC Building Blocks, in which he discussed how “the London DNA Foundry has built high-throughput DNA assembly workflows with acoustic dispensing as an essential element.” This method is capable of putting together synthetic DNA sequences. The seminar`s host was Margarita Kopniczky from the Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London, and the event was jointly organised with the Imperial College Hungarian Society and the New Generation Centre.

Nyerges then took the floor. He spoke about, among other topics, his research on the ways in which synthetic bacterial biology can aid health and bio-tech research. In his presentation, the young Hungarian PhD student said that

I am working on developing new methods in the field of gene modification in order to better understand the evolutionary processes that can endanger human health.

With the help of pORTMAGE technology, Nyerges is measuring evolutionary processes in bacteria in order to help develop medicines that can take up the fight against anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria.

Students and researchers from both the Imperial College and the University College of London attended the event. After the presentation, participants asked Nyerges questions regarding his research. The Q &A session was followed by a community-building evening, where participants could make new connections.

During his stay in London, Nyerges had the opportunity to build connections with leading researchers in the London scientific community. He also was able to hold meetings about the possible wider future uses of the new method he has developed.

According to the young Szeged-based researcher, this trip was important both for him and for his project; he added that his visit to Imperial College gave new momentum to his work. He also emphasized that his laboratory in Szeged eagerly awaits researchers interested in cooperation on this work. He also added that, for those students or researchers who might be interested in learning more about his method, in September the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) will be hosting an event entitled Synthetic Biology in Action: Programming Bacteria to Do Amazing Things, wherein the planning of which the University of Szeged will also be playing a part.

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