We are a motivated and enthusiastic group of scientists working on rare diseases. The long term goal of our research group is to identify and characterize novel genes that underlie development, function and pathologies of the nervous system. We apply next generation sequencing technology to prioritize potentially causative variants in undiagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders. For functional validation of prioritized variants we undertake a multidisciplinary approach and aim to harness our discoveries for genetic diagnoses and development of efficient and personalized therapeutic strategies.
Aphorism “when you hear hoofbeats behind you, don’t think zebras” is often used to train students of medicine to exclude rare and exotic diagnoses when seeing their patients. For exactly this reason, the zebra became a symbol for rare diseases. There are more than 7000 different known rare disorders, collectively affecting approximately 350 million people worldwide, and 35 million in Europe alone.
Our logo design is a colorful zebra patterned human brain to represent different rare diseases of the nervous system, each unique and rare, as are all rare disease patients.
We are always interested in motivated and enthusiastic scientists to join our team! If you don't see the position you are interested in listed below, please contact us by clicking the button on the right.
Full-time PhD position
We are seeking a curious, independent and hard working individual with interest in neurology, genetics, and intellectual disabilities to join our team. Strong background in molecular and cellular neuroscience is a plus. We recruit through the Ce-M-M- PhD Program, for more information, please click the button on the right.
Part-time Technical assistant position
We are looking for a highly motivated and well-organized Technical Assistant, who will be preparing samples for whole-exome sequencing (WES), analyzing/interpreting WES data, and prioritizing potentially disease-causing variants for further functional analysis. This position is suited for individuals who are interested and have experience in genetics, neurology, neuro-development, and bioinformatics and who enjoy working closely with clinicians and wet-bench researchers. For more information click the button on the right.
Master student position
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic young researcher interested in completing their Master thesis work in the field of neurogenetics. The project will utilize advanced stem cell technologies to model neurodevelopmental disorders. The qualified candidate will receive training in maintenance and differentiation of iPSCs, as well as in other molecular and biochemical techniques. Position available immediately.
News and announcements
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14 June 2021
Another really fun lab outing just to celebrate the privilege of getting vaccinated, the beauty of the summer heat, and reopening of public spaces and restaurants in Vienna! We started with Indiana Jones-themed escape room and topped it off with a nice outdoor restaurant that ended in high speed scooter rides through the Vienna center!
14 April 2021
Congratulations to our postdoc Dr. Swaroop Achuta for being one of the finalists for the 3Brain Massimo Grattarola Award for innovative ideas in technological advancement in neuroscience research!
22 March 2021
The Nagy team welcomes its first MD undergraduate student, Haluk Caliskan, who will as part of his thesis project work on whole-exome sequencing and genetics analysis of undiagnosed neurodevelopmental cases. Welcome Haluk!
15-16 March 2021
The first European Syngap1 and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders Symposium was a smashing success! We heard talks from a combination of renown neuroscientists, top notch clinicians, patient organizations and parents with affected children. We are grateful to our fellow organizers and admins' support, and especially thankful to the patient organization group Leon&Friends for making all of this happen. Special thanks to Chris Fell for his superb IT skills during the conference. Looking forward to next year!
Get to know this wonderful and active patient advocacy organization Leon&Friends by visiting their website by clicking their logo.
18 Feb. 2021
14:00-17:00 Edenhofer/Nagy Gene Editing in Neural Cells Workshop
Workshop is organized to foster collaboration and communication between the two research groups with a common interest in genome editing screens in neurons.
25 Feb. 2021
Nagy lab outing! The weather is finally warming up, Spring is almost here, its time to be outside! There are not many opportunities to spend time together during COVID quarantines, so we are off to a peri-Vienna hike.
March issue of the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine not only includes Chris' Opinion article "Cellular Models and High-Throughput Screening for Genetic Causality of Intellectual Disability" but also highlights Vanja's scientific journey as part of their Stories in Molecular Medicine segment. Our unbiased opinion is that this is definitely the issue to check out!
12. Feb. 2021
There are more than 7000 different rare diseases, most without any treatments. Amazingly, for a metabolic disorder erythropoietic protoporphyria (OMIM# 177000), marked by light sensitivity and extreme pain, there is an EMA approved treatment, Afamelanotide, which has been shown to allow people with this condition to live a nearly normal, pain-free life! Shockingly, in Austria, Afamelanotide is only available to 5 people (?!) Luckily, you can do something about this. Make your voice heard and help people with this rare and difficult condition see the light of day (literally!!) Simply, sign the petition! Its the least you can do for rare disease month.
02 Jan. 2021
PhD Student Christopher Fell's Opinion article titled "Cellular Models and High-Throughput Screening for Genetic Causality of Intellectual Disability" is online at Trends in Molecular Medicine! Congrats Chris!
01 Nov. 2020
New postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Swaroop Achuta joins the lab. Welcome Swaroop!
03 Aug. 2020
The Nagy team is awarded the FWF 1000s Ideas Programme grant for their work titled:"Reverse Engineering of Neurodevelopmental Disorders". The grant was co-authored by PhD Student Christopher Fell and will be spearheaded by PhD student Victoria Kartysh.
01 Aug. 2020
New PhD student Victoria Kartysh joins the lab. Welcome Victoria!