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István Ulbert

Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest

Much of our knowledge about the brain has come from recording the electrical activity of neurons in the past century or so. Most of us are eager to use new, more sophisticated methods to answer biological questions precious to ourselves, but few of us acknowledge the huge amount of effort that was necessary to make these new techniques available to us. In fact, developing new techniques require highly creative and innovative researchers with a deep engineering insight.

István Ulbert is one of the few Hungarian neuroscientists who contributed significantly to the improvement of the field of electrophysiological recordings. Having graduated first as an electrical engineer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics he joined Prof. György Karmos’s group, where he designed electronic equipment for biological experiments. He was so keen on understanding the brain that nine years later he also obtained a degree in medicine at Semmelweis University. His expertise made him possible to spend four years at Stanford University, then three years at Harvard, where he pioneered multi-laminar recordings in human epileptic patients. His method is now used worldwide.

István is currently interested in designing, fabricating and testing novel microelectromechanical sensors to record neuronal activity, and state-of-the-art high density microelectrode arrays. He also focuses on the development of non-invasive brain-machine interfaces and corresponding software for various human applications, and on deciphering the generation of epileptiform activity and physiological brain oscillations in humans. Ever since returning to Hungary, he has been a sought-after mentor, who has helped many young scientists to develop in their respective research fields.

You will meet István at the Career Forum and he will be happy to share his scientific experiences with you and answer your career questions!

To learn more about him and his team please follow the link below!




Read this exciting interview on how he became a scientist (in Hungarian)

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