Doctoral School Biological Sciences

Director: Prof. Dr. Zoltán Nagy DSc

The aim of the Biological Sciences PhD School (BS) to lead, organize and supervise scientific training (including education and research) and provide the basis for getting PhD degree and habilitation on different fields of basic and applied biological researches, from molecular to supra-individual  level of organisms (micro-organisms, plants, animals and ecosystems).

The mission of BS is training the qualified, top tutors and researchers for the future. The BS desires to train professionals, who can meet the future economical and social requirements on the field of basic and applied biology. The prominent ways of our researches are the biotechnology, genetics and ecology together with the effects of global climate changes, and the various fields of applied biology in relation to the agricultural development, with the connections of environment protection and conservation.

The main disciplines of our research topics are:


  • Synbotany: vegetation dynamics, organisation of plant association, succession, degradation.
  • Production ecology of plant stands. Autoecophysiology, synphysiology.
  • Global climate change and environmental problems.
  • Plant ecology of agriculture.
  • Tropical, semi/desert botany and plant ecology.
  • Plant stress physiology.
  • Ecophysiology of desiccation tolerant plants and their communities.
  • Topics of plant and microfungi taxonomy, coenology, plant geography.
  • Environmental protection and nature conservation.


  • Taxonomy, faunistics and zoogeography of invertebrates.
  • Animal population ecology, population dynamics.
  • Interactions of the animal populations.
  • Synzoology with special reference to community organisation and biogeochemical cycles.
  • Zoological and ecological problems of the global changes, agriculture, environmental protection, natural protection and ecotoxicology.

Molecular biology:

  • Structure and function of enzymes, the regulation of proteolytic enzymes.
  • The molecular genetics of nitrogenfixation.
  • Regulation of genetic function.
  • Applied development genetics.
  • Genetical mapping.
  • Site-specific recombination.


  • Agricultural and environmental microbiology.
  • Degradation of communal and agricultural wastes by microorganisms.
  • Vegetative incompatibility in filamentous fungi.
  • Nucleic acid based diagnostic techniques for the detection of mycotoxin producing fungi.
  • Pathology and epidemiology of the Fusarium ear blight of cereals.
  • Reproduction strategies in filamentous fungi.
  • Identification, biodiversity and ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

Contact us:

Biological Sciences PhD School
Szent István University, Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology
Phone: 00 36 28-522-075                  
Fax: 00 36 28-410-804
E-mail:    Address: H-2103 Gödöllő, Páter K. U. 1. Hungary