Antal Berényi
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Education and training:

2013-present: Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator of MTA-SZTE ‘Lendület’ Oscillatory Neuronal Network Research Group at University of Szeged, Department of Physiology, Hungary

2013-present: Research Assistant Professor at Buzsáki Lab, Neuroscience Institute, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

2010-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow at Buzsáki Lab, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA

2006-2009: Ph.D. Doctor of Neuroscience at University of Szeged, Department of Physiology, Hungary

2006-2009: Medical economist at University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics

2000-2006: M.D. (summa cum laude – excellent) at University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine, Hungary


Research interest:

I started my scientific career focusing on the investigation of the visual system of carnivores and primates. Later as a Buzsáki Lab postdoc I extended the repertoire of my skills with studying population activity and their dynamics in freely moving rodent models. My interest was also shifted toward two main areas, the role of hippocampal and related structures’ network in memory formation and spatial navigation, and the development of novel non-pharmaceutical (therapeutic) approaches to interfere with pathologic brain rhythms. From the technical point of view I’m particularly interested in the advancement of large-scale extracellular recording techniques and transcranial electrical stimulation.


Selected publications:

1. Berényi A, Benedek G, Nagy A (2007) Double sliding-window technique: a new method to calculate the neuronal response onset latency Brain Res. 1178:141-8

2. Berényi A, Gombkötő P, Farkas A, Paróczy Z, Márkus Z, Averkin R, Benedek G, Nagy A. (2009) How moving visual stimuli modulate the activity of the substantia nigra pars reticulata. Neuroscience. 163: 1316-1326.

3. Madisen L, Mao T, Koch H, Zhuo Jm, Berényi A, Fujisawa S, Hsu Yw, Garcia Aj 3rd, Gu X, Zanella S, Kidney J, Gu H, Mao Y, Hooks Bm, Boyden Es, Buzsáki G, Ramirez Jm, Jones Ar, Svoboda K, Han X, Turner Ee, Zeng H. A (2012) Toolbox of Cre-dependent optogenetic transgenic mice for light-induced activation and silencing. Nat Neurosci 15:793-802.

4. Berényi A, Belluscio M, Mao D, Buzsaki G. (2012) Closed-loop control of epilepsy by transcranial electrical stimulation. Science 337:735-737.

5. Patel J, Fujisawa S, Berényi A, Royer S, Buzsáki G. (2012) Traveling theta waves along the entire septotemporal axis of the hippocampus. Neuron 75:410-417.


Scholarships and Grants:

EU FP7 ERC Starting Grant (2013-2018; 1.85 mUSD)

‘Momentum’ Grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2013-2018;1.15 mUSD)

Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2010-2012; 310 kUSD)

Rosztóczy Fellowship (2010; 30 kUSD)

Scholarship of the Hungary Republic (2003-2004, 2004-2005)


Visiting scholarships:

Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany (1st-31st October 2006)

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland (2007, 2008)

4th ISS on Emerging Technologies in Biomedicine, Patras, Greece (June 2008)

Niigata University, Niigata, Japan (07th-22nd December 2008)