Kinga Laszlone Bercsenyi

Kinga Laszlone Bercsenyi

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow


I obtained my masters degree in Human biology and Neuroanatomy at Lorand Eotvos University in Hungary and I also studied systems biology for one semester that University of Luxembourg. I worked on the role of cadherins in the radial migration of future pyramidal cells and the trans-differentiation of radial glial cells.

I got a scholarship funded by Cancer Research UK to study the uptake of tetanus toxin into motor neurons, I spent 4 years in Professor Giampietro Schiavo's lab at the London Research Institute and the Institute of Neurology, UCL. My findings that nidogens are capable of efficiently accumulating a neurotoxin at the synapse and that blocking this interaction prevents the onset of tetanus were published in Science in November 2014. I completed my PhD at the beginning of 2015.

I decided to return to my roots and started a postdoc at Oscar Marin's lab at KCL, I am studying the process of interneuron apoptosis during early postnatal development.

I used to be a professional swimmer in Hungary, participated in numerous international meets, the highlight of my career were a silver and bronze medals at the Junior European Championships. I am a keen cyclist and a true Londoner!


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Selected publications:

Bercsenyi K, Schmieg N, Bryson JB, Wallace M, Caccin P, Golding M, Zanotti G, Greensmith L, Nischt R, Schiavo G (2014) Tetanus toxin entry. Nidogens are therapeutic targets for the prevention of tetanus. Science 346: 1118-23