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Attila Szabó

Attila Szabó
Over the years I have participated in diverse research projects involving metagenomics and prokaryotic genomics but my main focus has always been on aquatic systems, especially on soda lakes. I have written my doctoral thesis about the seasonality of soda lakes' planktonic bacterial communities and also participated in several sampling campaigns in Eurasia. Currently I am working on a comparative metagenomic analysis to characterize biogeography, diversity and evolutionary origin of keystone soda lake microorganisms and to estimate the communities' contribution to the global carbon budget.


Microbial ecology, metagenomics and prokaryotic genomics. Microbial communities and their ecological relationships of extreme aquatic environments within the Carpathian Basin (Central Europe). Microbial communities of soda and saline lakes of the Eurasian Steppe. Environmental monitoring of Lake Saint Ana, and other bogs and springs of the Ciomadul Mountains.


2021 - Wenner Gren Fellow

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

2020 - Research Fellow

Microbial Ecology Group, Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest, Hungary

2015 - 2020 Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Microbiology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary 

2012 – 2015 PhD student, PhD (2019)

Doctoral School of Biology, Department of Microbiology, Genomics Lab
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Thesis title: Comparative genomic analysis of soda lake planktonic bacterial communities under changing environmental conditions. Supervisors: Tamás Felföldi, Károly Márialigeti

2010-2020 Master of Science in Biology
Specialization in molecular biology
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary

Thesis title: Application of viruses for fecal source tracking in the Tisza river (Hungary). Supervisor: Anita Kern

2007-2010 Bachelor of Science in Biology
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary


Selected publications

Anda D, Szabó A, Kovács-Bodor P, Makk J, Felföldi T, Ács É, Mádli-Szőnyi J, Borsodi AK. 2020. In situ modelling of biofilm formation in a quasi-stagnant water of a hydrothermal spring cave. Sci Rep 10:1-9

Szabó A, Korponai K, Somogyi B, Vajna B, Vörös L, Horváth Z, Boros E, Tugyi N, Márialigeti K, Felföldi T. 2020. Grazing pressure-induced shift in planktonic bacterial communities with the dominance of acIII-A1 actinobacterial lineage in soda pans. Sci Rep 10:19871

Szuróczki S, Szabó A, Korponai K, Felföldi T, Somogyi B, Márialigeti K, Tóth E. 2020. The effect of reed coverage on prokaryotic community composition and metabolism in a large shallow soda lake (Neusiedler See/Lake Fertő). FEMS Micr Ecol 96:fiaa159

Kalwasinska A, Deja-Sikora E, Szabó A, Felföldi T, Kosobucki P, Brzezinska MS, Walczak M. 2019. Salino-alkaline lime of anthropogenic origin - a reservoir of diverse microbial communities. Sci Tot Env 655:842-854

Mentes A, Szabó A, Somogyi B, Vajna B, Tugyi N, Csitári B, Vörös L, Felföldi T. 2018. Differences in planktonic microbial communities associated with three types of macrophyte stands in a shallow lake. FEMS Micr Ecol 94: fix164

Szabó A, Korponai K, Kerepesi C, Somogyi B, Vörös L, Bartha D, Márialigeti K, Felföldi T. 2017. Soda pans of the Pannonian steppe harbor unique bacterial communities adapted to multiple extreme conditions. Extremophiles 21: 639-649







Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Analyst at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment; Division of Microbial Ecology
Postal address:
Institutionen för vatten och miljö
Box 7050
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala