About me


Name: Karolina Pircs

Title: PhD

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Birthdate: May 16th, 1986




Department of Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, Hungary

2004 - 2009 MSc in Biological Sciences, Area of specialization: Molecular Biology, Genetics

    Thesis: The role of snf4aγ gene in autophagy and localization of the gene product in Drosophila larval fat body (Supervisor: Mónika Lippai)

2009 - 2013 PhD in Biological Sciences, Area of specialization: Molecular Cell Biology

    Thesis: Endogenous p62 level is suitable to measure basal autophagy in Drosophila cells (Supervisor: Gábor Juhász)



2013 - 2014 Assistant Research Fellow: Department of Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology, Eötvös Lóránd University (Supervisor: Gábor Juhász)

    The role of Drosophila p62/SQSTM1 in autophagy and during antioxidant response

2014 - ongoing Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Experimental Medical Science, Laboratory of Molecular Neurogenetics, Lund University (Supervisor: Johan Jakobsson)



Supervised MSc students

2018 Guest student, Kritika Sharma, Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, Joint Masters in Neuroscience

2017 Kristina Thumfart, Lund University, Department of Experimental Medical Sciences

2017 Guest student, Bob Hersbach, University of Amsterdam

2016 Sofia Madsen, Lund University, Department of Experimental Medical Sciences

2015 Guest student, Monika Matusiak-Brückner, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Biological-Pharmaceutical Faculty



Molecular genetics of eukaryotic organisms, Lund University, Department of Experimental Medical Sciences




Plos One, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Autophagy, Experimental Neurology, Brain, Jove



Nordic Autophagy Society member (NAS), Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Swedish Society for Neuroscience (SSfN), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), Multidisciplinary research focused on Parkinson´s disease (Multipark), Basal Ganglia Disorders Linnaeus Consortium (Bagadilico), Lund Stem Cell Center (SCC), Transautophagy, Network of European CNS Transplantation & Restoration (NECTAR)



2014 & 2015 &2018 Speaker at NECTAR Conference

Oral presentation in 2014 & 2015 &2018 and Datablitz Session Chair (2015) at NECTAR conferences in Galway, Lund and Paris


2018 Speaker at Nordic Huntington Disease Research Meeting

Oral Presentation in Lund at the Nordic Huntington Disease Research Meeting


2018 AcouSort, AcouWash User

#6 place in The Scientist 2018 Top 10 Innovations


2018 Scientific lecture, MTA-TTK Institute of Enzymology

Activation of autophagy as a treatment strategy in Huntington's disease (Az autofágia aktiválása a Huntington-kór kezelésére)


2018 Expert Voices - Video on the importance of user safety


2016 - ongoing Representative of Sweden in Transautophagy

CA COST Action CA15138 European Network of Multidisciplinary Research and Translation of Autophagy knowledge


2015 - 2018 Unistem Cell Day (workshop organiser, helper)

Europe-wide Public stem cell engagement: outreach event on stem cells dedicated to high school students


2017 Best Poster Award, The FEBS Journal

NAS: Autophagy Across Kingdoms, 2017, Sigtuna


2017 Speaker at Multipark Retreat

Multipark Retreat presentation of Highlighting the use of Multipark Infrastructure in Lund


2017 Speaker at EMBO Autophagy Conference

Oral Presentation (Selected abstract) in Dubrovnik at the EMBO Autophagy: From Molecular principles to human diseases


2016 Speaker at Bagadilico Retreat

Bagadilico Retreat presentation of granted project in Ystad


2016 Speaker at Transautophagy Conference

Oral Presentation (Selected abstract) in Warsaw at the Annual Transautophagy Conference




NECTAR, Paris (oral presentation)

Nordic Huntington Disease Research Meeting, Lund (oral presentation)



Multipark Retreat: Highlighting the use of Multipark infrastructure, Lund (oral presentation, Cellomics Platform)

NAS: Autophagy Across Kingdoms, Sigtuna (The FEBS Journal Poster prize winner)

EMBO Autophagy: From molecular principles to human diseases, Dubrovnik (selected abstract oral presenation)

FENS Regional Meeting, Pécs (poster)

Programming and Reprogramming the Brain, Munich (poster)



SFN, San Diego (poster)

Transautophagy Annual Conference, Warsaw (oral presentation)

BAGADILICO Retreat, Ystad (oral presentation)

10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Copenhagen (poster)

EMBO Laboratory Management Course, Heidelberg (course): The art of leadership- fewer conflicts, more results



Autophagic Membrane Trafficking and Dynamics in Ageing and Disease, Freiburg (poster)

NECTAR, Lund (oral presentation and Datablitz session chair)

The EMBO meeting, Birmingham (poster)

Keystone Autophagy, Breckenridge (poster)



NECTAR, Galway (oral presentation)

The Swedish Developmental Biology Organization, Umeå (poster)

Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies, Cortona (course): Gene Delivery and Gene Targeting for Brain Diseases



The EMBO meeting, Vienna (poster)






Wallenberg Neuroscience Center

Sölvegatan 17, 221 84 Lund


Tel: +46 46 222 05 44