As a member of the Adaptive Neuroethology Research Group (HAS CER BLI, Tihany) and student of the Doctoral Program in Biology and Sport Biology (University of Pécs, Pécs), my main scientific interest currently revolves around the reproduction and neuroendocrine system of freshwater pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis.
Integrating different biological levels (e.g., behavior, evolution, ecology, neuro-endocrinology, molecular biology), many of the questions I address focus on:
- biological functions of members of GnRH neuropeptide superfamily in Lymnaea stagnalis
- possible effect(s) of environmental pollutions (e.g. progestogens as endocrine disruptors) on reproductive processes and neuroendocrine system of Lymnaea stagnalis
- realities and doubts concerning to molluscan reproduction
- evolutionary consequences of hermaphroditism
I perform the experiments using bioinformatics, analytical, histochemical and molecular biological techniques, such as SPE, LC-MS, IHC, PCR, RT-PCR, qRT-PCR and nucleotide sequencing.
- Joris M Koene (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
- Pei-san Tsai (Colorado University, Boulder, USA)
- Péter Urbán (Szentágothai Research Centre, Pécs, Hungary)