Connecting European Neuroscience

Róbert Gábriel

CHET member (2014-2018)

Curriculum Vitae


M.Sc. in Biology, Szeged, Hungary, 1985. Zoology, Szeged, Hungary, 1989.

C.Sc. in Biological Sciences, Budapest, 1995.

Dr. Habil, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary1999.

D.Sc. Budapest, Hungary, 2001.

Teaching: Comparative Anatomy and Histology, Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Advanced Neuroscience and Structural Cell Biology to medical and science students.

Thesis leadership:      MSc.: More than 26; PhD.: 10

Professional and academic career

2001 - present: Professor, and chair, Biological Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

1995 - 1999  Associate professor, Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary

1993 - 1995  Senior lecturer, Department of Zoology, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary

1990 -1993  Senior lecturer, Department of Zoology, Attila József University, Szeged, Hungary.

1985 -1990  Lecturer, Department of  Zoology, Attila József University, Szeged, Hungary

Temporary Research Appointments

September, 1988 and May, 1989: Department of Animal Physiology, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

April, 1990-June, 1990 Department of Histology and Microscopic Anatomy, University of Antwerp, Belgium

July, 1990-August, 1992 Department of Anatomy and Histology, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia

January/April 1994, June/July 1995 and 1996, August 1997-July 1999 Department of Ophtalmology, New York University Medical Center, New York, USA

August 2013 – January 2014: Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy and Allied health Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA – Fulbright Fellow

Editorial work

Editorial board member: TheScientificWorldJournal (Neuroscience), 2011-present. Acta Biologica Hungarica 2014 - present

Guest Editor: Microscopy Research and Technique 50 (5) 2001

Reviewer service to professional journals:

Anatomical Record, Brain Research, Brain Research Bulletin, Current Neuropharmacology, Cytometry, Endocrine, European Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Eye Research, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Journal of Neurochemistry, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters, Peptides, Regulatory Peptides, Vision Research and others.


Honours and awards

Hungarian People's Rep. Student Scholarship           1983/84 and 1984/85

Fellow of the ESF in Antwerpen                                  1990

Fellow of the HFSPO in New York                              1994

János Bolyai Fellowship, Hungarian Acad. Sci.          2000-2003

The Hungarian Electron Microscopist Prize                2004

Prima Prize of Baranya County (science)                   2009

Doctor Honoris Causa, Izhevsk State Techn. Univ.    2010

Pro Facultate   Medal                                                  2012


General administrative and organisational experience

2007- 2010  Rector, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

2001-  2007 and 2013-present  Dean, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

2000-2004  Director, Biological Institue, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

2004-2007 and 2012-2015      Board member, Hungarian Neuroscience Society

2010-2011   Hungarian Life Long Learning Society, president

2011-present  National Science Fondation, Neuroscience Jury, Chair

2011-present   European Academy of Sciences and Arts, elected member

2011-present   Hungarian Society for Innovations, board member


Research interests

Light- and electron microscopic enzyme histochemistry and immunocytochemistry. Microanatomical organization of the enteric nervous system, invertebrate ganglia and visual system of vertebrates. Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry of the retina.


Selected Publications

  • Halasy, K., Benedeczky, I., Fekete, É., Tóth, L., Gábriel, R. (1988) Enteric neuromuscular junctions: comparison of ultrastructural features in different phylogenetic groups. Neuroscience 25, 147-162.
  • Gábriel, R., Zhu, B., Straznicky, C. (1993) Synaptic contacts of serotonin-like immunoreactive and 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine-accumulating neurons in the anuran retina. Neuroscience 54, 1103-1114.
  • Witkovsky P, Gábriel R, Krizaj D, Akopian A (1995) Participation of luminosity horizontal cells in the organization of depolarizing responses to red light by chromatic horizontal cells in Xenopus retina. Proc. Natnl. Acad. Sci. USA 92, 3556-3560.
  • Akopian A, Johnson J, Gábriel R, Brecha N, Witkovsky P (2000) Somatostatin modulates voltage-gated K+ and Ca++ currents in rod and cone photoreceptors in the salamander retina. J. Neurosci. 20, 929-936.
  • Gábriel R, LeSauter J, Silver R, Garcia-Espana A, Witkovsky P (2001) Diurnal and circadian rhythms of protein kinase C expression in rat retina. J. Comp. Neurol. 439, 140-150.
  • Gábriel R., Wilhelm M. (2001) Structure and function of photoreceptor and second-order cell mosaics in the retina of Xenopus. Int. Rev. Cytol. 210, 77-120.
  • Gábriel, R., De Souza, S., Ziff, EB., Witkovsky, P. (2002) Association of AMPA-receptor-related postsynaptic density proteins GRIP and ABP with subsets of glutamate-sensitive neurons in the rat retina. J. Comp. Neurol. 449, 129-140.
  • Rábl K, Reglődi D, Bánvölgyi T, Somogyvári-Vígh A, Lengvári I, Gábriel R, Arimura A (2002) PACAP inhibits anoxia-induced changes in physiological responses in horizontal cells in the turtle retina. Regul. Peptides 109, 71-74.
  • Atlasz T, Babai N, Reglődi D, Kiss P, Tamás A, Bari F, Domoki F, Gábriel R (2007) Diazoxide is protective in the rat retina against ischemic injury induced by bilateral carotid occlusion and glutamate-induced neurotoxicity. Neurotox. Res. 12, 105-111.
  • Witkovsky P, Gabriel R, Krizaj D (2008) Anatomical and neurochemical characterization of dopaminergic interplexiform processes in mouse and rat retinas. J. Comp. Neurol. 510, 158-174.
  • Gábriel R (2013) Neuropetides and diabetic retinopathy. Brit J Clin Pharmacol. 75, 1189-1201
  • Szabadfi K, Atlasz T; Kiss P; Reglodi D; Szabo A; Kovacs K; Szalontai B; Setalo G; Banki E; Csanaky K; Tamas A; Gabriel R (2012) Protective effects of the neuropeptide PACAP in diabetic retinopathy. Cell Tissue Res. 348, 37-46.
  • Völgyi B, Kovács-Öller T, Atlasz T, Wilhelm M, Gábriel R.  (2013) Gap Junctional Coupling in the Vertebrate Retina: variations on one theme? Prog. Retinal Eye Res. 34, 1-18.
  • Szabadfi K, Pintér E, Reglodi D, Gábriel R (2014) Neuropeptides, trophic factors and other substances providing morphofunctional and metabolic protection in experimental models of diabetic retinopathy. Int. Rev. Cell Mol. Biol. 331, 1-121.

Róbert Gábriel

Department of Experimental Zoology and Neurobiology, University of Pécs, PÉCS, Hungary
Ifjúság u. 6, Pécs, H-7624, Hungary