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Puska Gina


Puska Gina

Department of Zoology
Position: university assistant professor
Institute for Biology
Position: university assistant professor
(1) 478 4100 / 8769
Rottenbiller street 50. Ground floor 14.


My name is Dr. Gina Puska, I work as an assistant professor at the Department of Ecology. I teach the subject Molecular Biology of the Cell on the Biology BSc course, and Cell and Molecular Biology, Regulatory Biology and Physiology, and Microscopic Phototechnics for MSc biology students. My primary area of interest is the neural pathways involved in social behavior, which I primarily investigate using histological and chemogenetic techniques based on viral gene transfer. In addition, my research area also covers the cell pathology examination of neurodegenerative diseases, which is the basis of my doctoral thesis.


ELTE Department of Physiology and Neurobiology – Molecular and Systems Neurobiology Research Group

Topic management:

MSc students: 3 (currently 3)

BSc students: 1 (graduated 1)

TDK students: 3 (currently 1)

Optional thesis topics:

For students majoring in Biology BSc and Research Zoology:

The role of the lateral septum in social behavior

Exploring the role of the preoptic area in social behavior


2022-present University assistant professor, University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology

2019-2022 University teaching assistant, University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology

2016-2019 Research assistant, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Biology

2015-2016 Assistant Professor Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Biology

Main research areas:

  • investigation of neural pathways involved in social interaction in rodent models
  • investigation of the role of the oxytocin system in behavior
  • electron microscopic examination of the cellular pathological processes involved in neurodegenerative pathologies

Publication list (top 10):

1. Keller D, Láng T, Cservenák M, Puska G, Barna J, Csillag V, Farkas I, Zelena D, Dóra F, Küppers S, Barteczko L, Usdin TB, Palkovits M, Hasan MT, Grinevich V, Dobolyi A (2022). A thalamo-preoptic pathway promotes social grooming in rodents. Curr Biol. 8:S0960-9822(22)01384-7.

2. Gulyássy P, Todorov-Völgyi K, Tóth V, Györffy BA, Puska G, Simor A, Juhász G, Drahos L, Kékesi KA (2022). The Effect of Sleep Deprivation and Subsequent Recovery Period on the Synaptic Proteome of Rat Cerebral Cortex. Mol Neurobiol. 59(2):1301-1319.

3. Dimén D, Puska G, Szendi V, Sipos E, Zelena D, Dobolyi Á (2021). Sex-specific parenting and depression evoked by preoptic inhibitory neurons. iScience. 4;24(10):103090.

4. Gulyássy P, Puska G, Györffy BA, Todorov-Völgyi K, Juhász G, Drahos L, Kékesi KA. (2020). Proteomic comparison of different synaptosome preparation procedures. Amino Acids. 52(11-12):1529-1543.

5. Barna J, Dimén D, Puska G, Kovács D, Csikós V, Oláh S, Udvari EB, Pál G, Dobolyi Á. (2019). Complement component 1q subcomponent binding protein in the brain of the rat. Sci Rep. 14;9(1):4597.

6. Puska G, Lutz MI, Molnár K, Regelsberger G, Ricken G, Pirker W, László L, Kovács GG. (2018). Lysosomal response in relation to α-synuclein pathology differs between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy. Neurobiol Dis. 114:140-152.

7. Pocsfalvi G, Turiák L, Ambrosone A, Del Gaudio P, Puska G, Fiume I, Silvestre T, Vékey K. (2018). Protein biocargo of citrus fruit-derived vesicles reveals heterogeneous transport and extracellular vesicle populations. J Plant Physiol. 229:111-121.

8. Völgyi K, Gulyássy P, Todorov MI, Puska G, Badics K, Hlatky D, Kékesi KA, Nyitrai G, Czurkó A, Drahos L, Dobolyi A. (2018). Chronic Cerebral Hypoperfusion Induced Synaptic Proteome Changes in the rat Cerebral Cortex. Mol Neurobiol. 55(5):4253-4266.

9. Maruzs T, Lőrincz P, Szatmári Z, Széplaki S, Sándor Z, Lakatos Z, Puska G, Juhász G, Sass M. (2015). Retromer Ensures the Degradation of Autophagic Cargo by Maintaining Lysosome Function in Drosophila. Traffic. 16(10):1088-107.

10. Kovács GG, Breydo L, Green R, Kis V, Puska G, Lőrincz P, Perju-Dumbrava L, Giera R, Pirker W, Lutz M, Lachmann I, Budka H, Uversky VN, Molnár K, László L. (2014). Intracellular processing of disease-associated α-synuclein in the human brain suggests prion-like cell-to-cell spread. Neurobiol Dis. 69:76-92

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