Prof. Eörs Szathmary​

Parmenides Foundation (PARM), DE
Center for the Conceptional Foundations of Science

Research Director

Supervisor DC2

Director of the Center for the Conceptional Foundations of Science at the Parmenides Foundation and Professor of Biology at Eötvös Lorand University Budapest. Theoretical evolutionary biologist, pioneer of the comparative investigation of the major evolutionary transitions and co-founder of the field of Systems Chemistry. Supervised 38 PhD students, currently supervising one | Authored and co-authored >150 publications

Selected publications

  • Adamski, P., Eleveld, M., Sood, A., Kun, Á., Szilágyi, A., Czárán, T., … & Otto, S. (2020). From self-replication to replicator systems en route to de novo life. Nature Reviews Chemistry4(8), 386-403. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41570-020-0196-x 
  • Matsumura, S., Kun, Á., Ryckelynck, M., Coldren, F., Szilágyi, A., Jossinet, F., … & Griffiths, A. D. (2016). Transient compartmentalization of RNA replicators prevents extinction due to parasites. Science354(6317), 1293-1296. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aag1582 
  • Vasas, V., Fernando, C., Szilágyi, A., Zachár, I., Santos, M., & Szathmáry, E. (2015). Primordial evolvability: Impasses and challenges. Journal of theoretical biology381, 29-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.06.047 
  • Vasas, V., Fernando, C., Santos, M., Kauffman, S., & Szathmáry, E. (2012). Evolution before genes. Biology direct7, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6150-7-1 
  • Vig-Milkovics, Z., Zachar, I., Kun, Á., Szilágyi, A., & Szathmáry, E. (2019). Moderate sex between protocells can balance between a decrease in assortment load and an increase in parasite spread. Journal of theoretical biology462, 304-310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2018.11.020