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Professor Ákos T. Kovács studies bacterial interaction and evolution, and the underlying phenotypic and genetic changes with the aim to use this knowledge towards green and white biotechnology. His group aims to reveal the ecology of Bacilli, understand their social interactions during biofilm development and adaptation in the presence of other microorganisms, including soil derived bacteria and fungi, and eventually to their natural niche, the rhizosphere of plants.

Other information

Jan-March 2004, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, laboratory of Prof Steve JW Busby (funded by a FEBS Short-term fellowship)

Nov-Dec 2000, CEA/Grenoble, DBMS/BBSI, France, laboratory of Dr Annette Colbeau (funded by a Tempus Fellowship)

Nov-Dec 1999, University of Uppsala, Sweden, laboratory of Prof Peter Lindblad, (funded by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences)

Language Skills:
English, Hungarian (mother tongue), Dutch (basic)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

MSc of Biology, University of Szeged, Hungary


External positions

Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, Technical University of Denmark

2017 → …

Independent Research Group Leader, University of Jena


Post-doctoral researcher, University of Groningen


Post-doctoral reseacher, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary


PhD researcher, University of Szeged, Hungary



  • User defined:
  • Bacterial-Fungal Interaction
  • experimental evolution
  • Biofilm
  • sociomicrobiology
  • Bacillus subtilis


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