Professor and head of department

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


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:

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; the factors that affect separation-related disorder in dogs; components of self-representation in dogs; cognition of domestic cats. Curriculum vitae, publications, Call: +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.
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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
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

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:

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

Judit Abdai, PhD
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 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


Bálint AnnaAnna Bálint, PhD
Research fellow, doctor. Areas of interest include the neurobiological basis of different senses in dogs,  the neural and physiological correlates of sleep behavior in dogs and other carnivores, the neural processing of certain information and characteristics of  acoustic signals. Curriculum vitae,


farsangBence Ferdinandy, PhD
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. 8642


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:

Reicher VivienReicher Vivien
Assistant research fellow. Certified researcher in cognitive science. Her work focuses on the neural and behavioral relationships of emotional processing in dogs, including studies on learning and development. She examines the dogs’ (neuro)cognitive abilities by combining different methodological approaches (ethological and neuroscientific).Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. E-mail:


Salamon AttilaSalamon Attila, PhD
Assistant research fellow. Since joining the Research Group, I got involved in dog olfaction research, but I am also interested in the Canine Brain and Tissue Bank activities. These are an addition to my earlier research interests in waterfowl reproduction biology, incubation, behaviour and welfare. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650 E-mail:


ERC Research Group

Project Leader: Kubinyi Enikő, Phd

BZsZsófia Bognár
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:


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, Researchgate profil, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650 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:



IvoIvaylo Iotchev
Assistant research fellow.

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


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

Jonas DavidDávid Jónás
Research fellow. I am investigating the genetic background of aging in dogs. During my research, I analyze whole genome sequence and RNA sequencing data alike. My main area of interests are genomics and quantitative genetics, but I am also very interested int he development and application of novel bioinformatic tools and methods. Curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8650

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

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.
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Borbála Turcsán, PhD

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


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:


Andics_Attila_bMarianna Boros
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:

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

Gerencsér Linda_nagyLinda Gerencsér, PhD
Research fellow. My research topic is about the comparative investigation of interspecific communicational abilities of miniature family pigs and dogs, as well as indiviual differences in dogs’ reward responsiveness, using mostly behavioural methods. During my PhD studies, in collaboration with colleagues from the Biological Physics Department I dealt with developing automatized methods for identification of behaviour in freely moving dogs.  Curriculum vitae,
Tel: +36-1-411-6500 /Ext. 8788


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




Magyari LillaLilla Magyari
Research fellow, curriculum vitae, Call: +36-1-411-6500 Ext. 8650

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



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


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.



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,

Andrea SommeseAndrea Sommese
Assistant research fellow. Topic: My field of interest is the dog-human relationship and the dogs’ socio-cognitive capacities. Currently, working with dogs with exceptional abilities and able to learn the name of many objects.  Curriculum vitae, Email:



Temesi AndreaAndrea Temesi
Assistant research fellow. Topic: ethological analysis of dogs’s word learning. Curriculum vitae,


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,

“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


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:

Gergely AnnaAnna Gergely, PhD
Research fellow. 
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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.
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