George Borbély was born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1943. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology and chemistry from University of Debrecen (UD), Hungary, in 1966 and 1974, respectively. He served as an Assistant Professor at Agricultural University of Keszthely, Hungary. From 1973 to 1993, he became a Research Fellow, later a Senior Research Fellow and Vice Director of Institute of Plant Physiology at Biological Research Center of Hungarian Academy of Science, Szeged, Hungary. Between 1993 and 2008, he worked as a Professor and as the Head of the Department of Botany at UD. In 1994, he became the Vice Dean for educational affairs, and from 1998 to 2004, the Dean of the Faculty of Science of UD. He is mainly interested in cyanobacterial stress responses, the heat shock phenomenon, the light dependent stringent control system, the redox regulation of key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism of cyanobacteria, the cyanobacterial DNA dependent RNA polymerases, and the rRNA metabolism of cyanophage infected cells. Presently, he is involved in studying cyanotoxin and plant interactions. They have developed a special plant assay to replace the intraperitoneal mouse test in cyanotoxin analysis. The laboratory performed some work for simultaneous analysis of cyanotoxins with the help of capillary electrophoresis. In 2003, he was the recipient of Knight’s Cross of Merits of the Republic of Hungary.
Biography Updated on 1 June 2011