Dr. Viktor Lukacs

Dr. Viktor Lukacs


  • 2000 – 2007; Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary
  • 2007 – 2013; Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences University, USA
  • 2013 – 2018; Post-doctoral fellow at The Scripps Research Institute and Sanford Burnham Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego, USA
  • 2019 – present; Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Leeds 

Research interests

The Genome contains the complex and fascinating recipe for life, a book we can read but not yet fully understand. Among the numerous coding and non-coding regions in the genome are many whose function is yet to be identified. We are interested in pushing the boundaries of Molecular Biology and Genomics to identify and characterise novel target genes that perform specific functions. We use state of the art molecular tools and approaches such as CRISPR/Cas9 and Next-Generation Sequencing to develop experimental pipelines that will drive the future of Genome exploration.

We use these pipelines to identify novel receptors of harmful physical and chemical cues in sensory nerves. These are the first in a long chain of nerve cells that are responsible for detecting and relaying a warning to the organism when the environment is potentially harmful. These so-called “Nociceptors” (as they induce the perception of pain) and the receptor molecules that enable their sensory function, are crucial targets for the development of better analgesic therapy.

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  • M.D. (2007)
  • Ph.D. (2013)

Research groups and institutes

  • Neuroscience
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