Graduating summa cum laude from Medical School at Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical School, Szeged, Hungary, I am a Hungarian Physician with an American PhD in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA.
After spending around 10 years of my career in different Neuroscience laboratories in Hungary and the United States I spent another 15 years of my career teaching Anatomy & Physiology in Hungary, the United States, and Saudi Arabia to undergraduate and medical students.
I have been teaching Histology for the past 4 years and am very proud to have introduced Alfaisal University to virtual microscopy via the Olympus-OlyVIA virtual microscope system in 2016.
In March of 2018 I also launched Olympus-OlyVIA virtual microscopy at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.
I also feel extremely blessed to have realized the dream I dreamt more than 20 years ago. I lived with my family in Riyadh from 1996 to 1998, taking a hiatus in my career to raise my two sons and provide for my husband who at the time worked for the Royal Airforce of Saudi Arabia. It was at this time that I fell in love with Riyadh and resolved that one day I would return.
For the past 4 years I have enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and get to know many Saudi and International Arab students.
I am proud of the 15 students that I mentored for the Annual Research Day Student Poster Competitions and SIMEC 2016 and SIMEC 2018.
Out of the 15 students that I supervised several received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places at the Annual Research Day Student Poster Competition.
I cloned and characterized a protein, called HuD: the first cloned human brain paraneoplastic antigen in the Neurology Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, USA.
The original HuD paper was published in Cell and from then on this protein was studied in various countries around the world including Saudi Arabia. Its citation index is close to 500.
After receiving an IRG grant I continued my research on HuD in collaboration with Hallym University in South Korea.
- HuD biology in neuroblastoma: Interaction of RNA binding protein HuD and components of mTOR signaling in neuroblastoma
- HuD Protects Neuroblastoma Cells from Stress Induced Cellular Death
It has been four years since I arrived in Riyadh to work as an assistant professor of Anatomy at Alfaisal University. I am very proud to be part of the developments and achievements made by Alfaisal University, which has just recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary.