Principal Investigator

Fekete, Zoltán PhD


Biography

e-mail: fekete [at] mfa.kfki.hu

Zoltán Fekete  received Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and 2013 respectively, from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, in Hungary. Since completing his M.S., he has been a research fellow at the MEMS Laboratory of the Institute for Technical Physics & Material Sciences (MFA), Centre for Energy Research (EK), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). His research interests lie in the development of silicon MEMS devices for biomedical applications, especially novel neural interfaces. In 2013, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and was a guest researcher in the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. During his fellowship, he focused on the application of 3D nanofabrication techniques for neural interface design. From 2015, he is acting as principal investigator of the Research Group for Implantable Microsystems, HAS. Now, he devotes his research to the development and testing of microdevices designed for infrared neural stimulation. He is also introducing soft polymer based  implants for cortical electrophysiology combined with other neuroimaging techniques.

Researchers

Pongrácz, Anita PhD
e-mail: pongracz [at] mfa.kfki.hu

Anita Pongrácz received her MSc degree in engineering physics in 2004 from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. In 2006–2007 she worked as a baseline process engineer in the UC Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory. Her main responsibilities were to design, fabricate, test, and evaluate CMOS test devices. She received her PhD in 2010 and currently she is a research fellow at the Institute of Technical Physics and Material Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include microfabrication of NeuroMEMS devices. She is author and co-author of more than 50 papers and 3 patents.

 

PhD students

Bérces, Zsófia
e-mail: berces [at] mfa.kfki.hu
Zsófia Bérces received her MSc degree in infobionics from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in Budapest in 2013. Her main interests include the electrochemical characterisation of MEMS devices and the effects of surface nanostructuring in neurobiological applications. She is working towards a PhD at the Institute of Technical Physics & Material Science (MFA), Budapest. Supervisor: Anita Pongrácz

 

Fedor, Flóra  
e-mail:  
Flóra Fedor  her Msc in Biology in 2016. As the PhD student of the Doctoral school for Chemical Engineering & Material Science, Pannon University, sheis working on the introduction of novel polymer microelectrode arrays into in vivo applications focusing schizophrenia and epilepsy. Supervisor: Zoltán Fekete  

 

Horváth, Ágoston
e-mail: horvath [at] mfa.kfki.hu
Ágoston Horváth received his MSc in Electrical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) in 2016. He joined the group in 2013, when he focused on the fabrication and characterisation of nanoscale surfaces for life sciences. He is currently working towards his PhD degree as the postgraduate student at the Doctoral Scool for Material Science, Óbuda University. His research interest lies in the design and fabrication of silicon based multimodal neural sensors. Supervisor: Zoltán Fekete

 

Zátonyi, Anita
e-mail: zatonyi [at] mfa.kfki.hu
Anita Zátonyi joined the NeuroMEMS group as an Msc student of BME. She received her Msc in Chemical Engineering in 2016. As the PhD student of the Doctoral school for Chemical Engineering & Material Science, Pannon University, she currently works on the technology of polymer-based neural implants for mulitmodal neuroimaging applications. Supervisor: Zoltán Fekete

 


Alumni

Enikő Fritz, Msc

Attila Németh, Msc, European Informatics Support Engineer at BD Biosciences (UK)

Gergely Márton, PhD, Research Fellow at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, RCNS, HAS (HU)

Marcell Kiss, Msc, PhD student at EPFL (CH)