Professor and head of department

Ádám Miklósi, DSc
His monography, the second, fully updated edition of Dog Behaviour, Evolution and Cognition was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-381-2179 /Ext. 8079



Erdélyi-Belle BoglárkaBoglárka Erdélyi-Belle, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Her research field is the examination of the dogs cognitive aging process. Curriculum vitae


Enikő Kubinyi, PhD
Senior research fellow. She joined the Family Dog Research Project, the first research group devoting to study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship in 1994. Since then she studied social learning, social cognition, ethorobotics, canine gene polymorphisms and behavioural trait associations, breed typical behaviours, and differences in the social behaviour of wolf and dog puppies. Currently, she is the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant (680040), her research group studies cognitive ageing in family dogs. Curriculum Vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8790 E-mail:

Pongrácz_Peter_portre_kicsiPéter Pongrácz, PhD, (teacher with habilitation)
Associate professor. My interest for behavioral research was consolidated during the time spent as a graduate student at the Department of Ethology, performing experiments on fish larvae. Later, as a PhD student I switched to another subject, rabbits, and I studied their conspecific and predator recognition capacities. In 1999 I joined to the comparative ethological research group, and since then I investigate dog-human interactions and communication. Aided by my colleagues and students, we endeavor several research topics, like social learning between dogs and humans; visual and vocal communication of dogs; understanding images of virtual reality in dogs. Curriculum vitaeCall: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8795

KampisGyGyörgy Kampis, DSc
Professor. I am doing research and teaching on cognitive science, philosophy of science and complex systems. Between 2004 and 2015 I have been serving as head of the department of History and Philosophy of Science, which was discontinued in 2016. Presently I am mostly interested in data analyis, “big data” and modelling.
Curriculum vitae, E-mail:

Pogány_ÁkosÁkos Pogány, PhD
Senior lecturer. I apply behavioural ecology approaches to study the ontogenetic and evolutionary mechanisms of sex roles. Using small passerine birds (zebra finches and penduline tits) in laboratory and field experiments, my research is centred around the causes and consequences of sexual selection, sexual conflict and parental cooperation. In our current collaborative research we focus on social learning of parental sex roles and faithfulness and the neuro-genetic background of parental care. Besides my main interest, I’m involved in human and dog studies in which we investigate the role of the social environment, social interactions and social learning from a wider ethological perspective. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8898 E-mail:

Dóka_Antal_bAntal Dóka
Senior lecturer. He has been teaching ethology for young biologists and psychologists for 25 years. His main research field is the cooperation between guide dogs and their owners, comparative ethology of canids, and ethorobotics. Call: +36-1-381-2179 /Ext. 8079


MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group (2017-2022)

Judit Abdai
Assistant research fellow. My main research interest is in animal-robot interaction, including several subtopics (e.g. animacy perception, human-animal interaction) that can facilitate the development of this field. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8789


Önarckép.jpgBoróka Bereczky
Biologist. The dog-owner relationship is her research topic. Participate in the writing and managing of the research group’s projects.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-381-2179 /Ext. 8079

farsangBence Ferdinandy
Assistant research fellow, physicist. His main field of research are modelling complex biological systems and studying their emergent properties, and the development of automated ethological measurement systems. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8797


Gácsi MártaMárta Gácsi, PhD
Senior research fellow. Her major field of study is the ethological analysis of dog-human relationship and the role of domestication in dogs’ socio-cognitive capacities.  In the Family Dog Project research group she has conducted comparative investigations on dog–wolf socio-cognitive abilities, dog–human communication and dog’s human directed aggression. Currently her major research interest is the application of dogs’ interspecific social behaviours as a model for designing more “social” service robots. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8795 E-mail:

Raj Levente
Levente Raj
Assistant research fellow. He’s research area is the control of mobile robots. He’s main task in the Research Group is to maintain and further develop the mobile robots used in etho-robotics research.
Curriculum vitae, E-mail:


Dorottya Júlia Ujfalussy, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Area of interest: Physical cognition, mental representations, object permanence, numerical and quantity related cognition. Main interests: comparative corvid cognition, trainability and social behaviour of socialized wolves toward people.
Curriculum vitae,


ERC Research Group

Project Leader: Kubinyi Enikő, Phd

BZsBognár Zsófia
Assistant. She takes part in sensory and behaviour tests in the Senior Family Dog Project. Curriculum vitae, E-mail:


Czeibert KálmánKálmán Czeibert, DVM
Assistant research fellow. I’m doing my research in the canine comparative neuroanatomy, regarding the assessment of CT, MRI and macroscopic anatomical imaging techniques. Further areas of interest are the clinical neurology, different preparative anatomical techniques, effects of 3D-modeling, -printing and -virtualization in the veterinary education, research and clinical practice. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650 E-mail:


Győri Borbála_bBorbála Győri
Assistant research fellow. She joined the Senior Family Dog Project as a research assistant, to aid the workflow of the numerous colleagues of the research group with managing the administration and coordination tasks.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8790

IvoIvaylo Iotchev
Assistant research fellow.

Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650


AndrásAndrás Marx
Assistant. The adaptive role of the appearing nonlinear phenomena in dog’s vocal behaviour. Better understanding of dog’s behaviour during separation, and the connection between separation anxiety and the appearing nonlinear phenomena in dog’s vocal communication.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8898 E-mail:

Patrizia Piotti
Assistant research fellow. I am currently contributing to the evaluation of methods to assess age-related cognitive and behaviour changes in dogs. I have experience with cognitive testing in dogs, behaviour medicine in dogs and cats and general veterinary small animal practice. I am interested in the relationship between neuroimmunology and behaviour/cognition.
Curriculum vitae, E-mail: patrizia.piotti at

Sándor SáraSára Sándor
Assistant research fellow. Her current research, as part of the Senior Family Dog Project, aims to describe the genetic factors that influence the expected lifespan, health and behavioural patterns of aging dogs. Previously she worked in human molecular genetics and during her PhD studies she investigated the alternative mRNA isoforms of the ABCG2 multidrog transporter. However, she always had a strong interest in dog genetics and now have a focus on making a better understanding of genetic factors behind different aging patterns of dogs. Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650

Dóra Szabó

PhD student, Assistant. Her current topic is: Investigating the factors influencing the cognitive state of aged dogs. She works with aged dogs in behavioural experiments and in fMRI studies.
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LisaWallisLisa Wallis, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Cognitive development and aging in pet dogs. Scientific study of dog behavior and dog-human interactions as well as its practical application. Influence of cognitive functions and basic control processes on dog-human interactions. Influence of aging on problem solving and causal reasoning, learning, memory and trainability, physical cognition, social attentiveness, and social cognition. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650


“Lendület” Research Group

Andics_Attila_bAttila Andics, PhD
Research fellow, project leader. He is interested in voice processing, and in social and affective aspects of learning and perception in general, and in the neural processes behind them. Using comparative brain imaging (fMRI) and behavioural methods with dogs and humans, he investigates the species-specificity of how we perceive individuals, how we learn about others, and how we process language, from an evolutionary perspective. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8898 E-mail:


Gerencsér Linda_nagyLinda Gerencsér, PhD
Research assistant fellow. During her PhD studies, as part of an international project and also in collaboration with the Biologyical Physics Department, she was involved in the developent modern technological methods for the automatic behaviour identification of freely moving dogs. Her current reserach interest is about individual variation in responsiveness to reward based training and rewarding stimuli in dogs. She is also involved in studying associations between family dogs’ behavioral traits and disease prevalence. Curriculum vitae,
Tel: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8788


Nóra Bunford, PhD
Research fellow. My research primarily focuses on the etiology, pathophysiology, and behavioral manifestations, as well as multi-method measurement of dysfunctional emotion processing. I am further interested in the way in which findings from basic- and comparative-research inform our understanding of the association between dysfunctional emotion processing and negative functional outcomes as well as the development and evaluation of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8788 E-mail:

Tamás Faragó, PhD
Research fellow. He is interested in bioacoustics focusing on the vocal communication of dogs (Canis familiaris), studying the acoustic structure of dog   vocalizations and their communicative role between conspecifics and in dog-human interaction. He is also involved in ethology inspired robotic research.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8898 E-mail:



Claudia Fugazza_CVClaudia Fugazza, PhD
Research assistant fellow. During her PhD she conducted research on social learning and imitation in dogs with Prof. Ádám Miklósi at the Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest. Now she works as a Researcher at the Department of Ethology at Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and she conducts research on dogs’ social cognitive abilities. Curriculum vitae,

Veronika Konok, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Areas of interes: dog-owner attachment, dogs’ emotions, informational technology (mobile phone, social media sites).
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8788 E-mail:


Guest Researchers

Gergely AnnaAnna Gergely, PhD
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József Topál, PhD, DSc
Scientific vice director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hung. Acad. Sci. His main area of research interest is social cognition in general and the social-behavioural characteristics that dogs share with humans in more particular.
Curriculum vitae, E-mail:


Technical staff

Báji RitaRita Báji
Dog trainer. I have been training family dogs and assistant dogs, also, I joined the Family Dog Project in 2016. One of my main tasks is to help with tests requiring trained dogs.



Károly Csizmadia: technical service