ABC - Department of Animal Biotechnology
The Animal Biotechnology Department was re-established in 2011 and it is currently made of three research groups. The ultimate aim is to follow the main streams of the international research directions and adapt them to the need of the Hungarian partners. The Ruminant Genome Biology group lead by László Hiripi Ph.D. focuses on exploring the genetic background of bovine diseases. The research group is also working on the adaptation and development of genome editing tools for precision breeding in animal biotechnology. The Applied Embryology and Stem Cell Research group, lead by Elen Gócza Ph.D. got to be involved in the functional characterization of pluripotent stem cells. One of the main fields of their interest is currently to understand the role of miRNAs in maintaining the pluripotency of embryonic stem cells. Their new research is focusing on the molecular biological characterisation of chicken primordial germ cells. They are studying the possible agricultural applications of bird primordial germ cells too. The aim of the Rabbit Genome and Biomodel group, lead by Zsuzsanna Bősze D.Sc. is to use rabbit as model in basic research, human diseases and biotechnological applications in collaboration with Hungarian and foreign research partners. The research groups of the department are participating in the SALAAM COST Action (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/bmbs/BM1308). Senior scientists are all involved through teaching in the B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. educational programs of SZIE, ELTE and Corvinus Universities.
Examination the mouse, rabbit, pig and bird embryonic development.
Examination the factors influencing the efficiency of derivation and developmental potential of mouse and rabbit embryonic stem cell lines.
Establishment and characterisation of chicken PGC lines
The Group works on 2 main topics, which include basic research and applied research tasks. Members of group are one senior research fellow and one institute engineer.
- Reproduction biology, endocrinology, mycotoxicology, endocrine distruptor componts (EDC)
- Food Safety
Our research focuses on the development and application of modern animal biotechnology methods. We try to specify genetic markers causing bovine diseases. Our other aim is to develop new genome editing technologies to assist precision animal breeding.