Staff

Professor and head of department


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Ádám Miklósi, DSc
Full professor and the head of the Ethology Department at the Eötvös Loránd University in BudapestHungaryIn 2016 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesHe is the co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project, which aims to study human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. In 2014 he published the 2nd edition of an academic volume entitled Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Oxford University Press.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-381-2179 or +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8079
E-mail: adam.miklosi@ttk.elte.hu

 

Teachers

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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, the Senior Family Dog Project studies cognitive ageing in family dogs.
Curriculum Vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8790 E-mail: eniko.kubinyi@ttk.elte.hu

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
E-mail: peter.pongracz@ttk.elte.hu

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: kampis.george@gmail.com

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: akos.pogany@ttk.elte.hu

 

Dóka_Antal_bAntal Dóka
Volunteer 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 or +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8079
E-mail: antal.doka@ttk.elte.hu

Veronika Konok, PhD
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: konokvera@gmail.com

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
E-mail: abdai.judit@gmail.com

 

Önarckép.jpgBoróka Babarczi-Bereczky
Research 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 or +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8079
E-mail: beboro@caesar.elte.hu

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
E-mail:
fbence@elte.hu

 

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: marta.gacsi@ttk.elte.hu

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: raj@mogi.bme.hu

 

“CELSA” Grant

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Dorottya Júlia Ujfalussy, PhD
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,
E-mail: ujfalussydori@gmail.com

 

ERC Research Group

Project Leader: Kubinyi Enikő, Phd

BZsBognár Zsófia
Assistant. My research topic is the examination of visual communication of dogs and the behavioral manifestations of aging and sensory decline. Curriculum vitae, E-mail: bognarzsof@gmail.com

 

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: czeibert.kalman@ttk.elte.hu

 

IvoIvaylo Iotchev
Assistant research fellow.

Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650
E-mail: ivaylo.iotchev@gmail.com

 

Jonas DavidDávid Jónás
Assistant research fellow. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650
E-mail: jonasd@ttk.elte.hu

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
E-mail: lisa.wallis@live.co.uk

Modrovics AgnesAgnes Modrovics
Administrative clerk. Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 6761
E-mail: modrovics.agi@ttk.elte.hu

 

 

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 yahoo.it

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
E-mail: sandorsara@gmail.com


Dóra Szabó

Assistant research fellow. 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.
Curriculum vitaeE-mail: szaboodoora@gmail.com

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Borbála Turcsán, PhD

Assistant research fellow. Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650. Curriculum vitaeE-mail: turcsanbori@gmail.com

 

MTA”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: attila.andics@ttk.elte.hu

 

 

Boros MariannaBoros Marianna
Assistant research fellow. As a neuroscientist I study animal communication with the use of neuroimaging methods, most specifically using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Recently I focus on statistical learning during language acquisition in dogs, and I ask whether the human language environment has put a strong enough selection pressure for the emergence of human-like language processing in dogs.
Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8650 E-mail: marianna.cs.boros@gmail.com

Farkas EszterFarkas Eszter
Research Biologist, curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8898
E-mail:

Gerencsér Linda_nagyLinda Gerencsér, PhD
Assistant research 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
E-mail: linda.gerencser@gmail.com

 

Laura Verónica Cuaya RetanaLaura Verónica Cuaya Retana
Research fellow, curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8650
E-mail:

 

 

 

Magyari LillaMagyari Lilla
Research fellow, curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8650
E-mail:

Raul HernandezPaul Hernández Pérez
Research fellow, curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8650
E-mail:

 

 

 

Shany DrorShany Dror
Curriculum vitae, 
E-mail:

Újváry DóraÚjváry Dóra
Megbízott kutató. Curriculum vitae
E-mail:

Gábor AnnaGábor Anna
Assistant research fellow. Area of interest: Neural mechanisms of social stimulus processing in dogs. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8788
E-mail:

Researchers

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: mustela.nivalis@gmail.com

 

 

Hungarian Brain Research Program

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.
E-mail: bajrit@gmail.com 

 

 

Claudia Fugazza_CVClaudia Fugazza, PhD
Research 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,
Email: claudia.happydog@gmail.com

Temesi AndreaAndrea, Temesi
Research assistant.Curriculum vitae,
Email:

“NKFI Grant” (the projects funded by NKFI since 2004)

Project Leader: György Kampis, PhD
Peres KrisztinaKrisztina Peres
Assistant research fellow. Area of interest: developmental psychology, memory, effect of digital devices on children, user experience research. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8788
E-mail:
peres.krisztina@ppk.elte.hu

 

Guest Researchers

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: bunfordnora@caesar.elte.hu

Gergely AnnaAnna Gergely, PhD
Research fellow. 
Curriculum vitae, E-mail: anna.gergely66@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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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: topal.jozsef@ttk.mta.hu

Technical staff

 

Károly Csizmadia: technical service

 

Alumni

Erdélyi-Belle BoglárkaBoglárka Erdélyi-Belle, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Her research field is the examination of the dogs cognitive aging process. Curriculum vitae
E-mail: erdelyibelle@gmail.com

 

 

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
E-mail: borbala.gyori@gmail.com