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Peter Csermely

Peter Csermely

Peter Csermely is a professor of the Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary) studying networksand talent support ( In 1995 he established a research network for more than 10,000 gifted high school students. Together with Leon Lederman Nobel Laureate in 2000 he started the Network of Youth Excellence ( fostering talent support collaboration of 13 countries. From 2006 he chairs the Hungarian National Talent Support Council running a talent support network for ~200,000 people (www.geniuszportal.hun) and starting a European network talent support ( He became the president of the European Council of High Ability in 2012. He wrote and edited 15 books (including 5 talent-related books) and published 220 research papers with a total citation over 6,500. He was the member of the Wise Persons’ Council of the Hungarian President, an Ashoka, Fogarty, Howard Hughes and Rockefeller Fellow and received the 2004 Descartes Award of the European Union.

He graduated at ELTE Apáczai Csere János Secondary School. In 1977 he began his studies at Eötvös Loránd University, where he gained his honours MSc degree in chemistry. One year later he got a dr. univ. rer. nat. title in colloidal chemistry. In 1988 he received a PhD in biochemistry. In 1994 he obtained a Doctor of Science in cell biology and medicine.

Between 1984 and 1985 he was a researcher at New York State University; in 1986 and 1987 he continued his studies at the Hannover Medical School. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as a Fogarty Fellow at the Harvard. After his postdoctoral fellowship years he became an assistant, associate and full-time professor at the Semmelweis University. Between 1993 and 1997 he spent almost a year with research in Tokyo. In 2000 he was a visiting professor of the Paris Diderot University. In 2012 he was a scholar of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. From 2012 he is a member of the Academia Europaea from 2013 he is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He was and is a member of several boards and committees of the Hungarian Science Foundation and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 2007 to 2009 he was the member of the Hungarian National Public Education Council. Between 2008 and 2010 he was a member of the Wise Persons’ Council of the President of Hungary. He is a Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

His area of research area is related to stress, aging and networks. He is the author of 15 books and more than 250 scientific papers having more than 12,000 citations. He serves as an Editor of Cell Stress and Chaperones, PLoS ONE, Oxford University Press Journal of Complex Networks, and (Nature) Scientific Reports.


  • PMaster of Science (honours degree) 1982 Eötvös Loránd Univ. Budapest (chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry)
  • Ph.D. (summa cum laude) 1983 Eötvös Loránd Univ. Budapest (colloidal chemistry, cell biology)
  • Ph.D. (summa cum laude) 1988 Hungarian Academy of Sciences (biochemistry, immunochemistry)
  • Habilitation: 1994 Semmelweis University (medicine, biochemistry)
  • DSc.1994 Hungarian Academy of Sciences (cell biology, medicine)