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Center of Excellence for Molecular Medicine

Strong catalyst of reformative changes in biomedical science and in institutional research management

Who We Are

The Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine – HCEMM - is a game changer organization which catalyzes reforming changes in the research culture and makes impact in the regional development of Hungarian knowledge regions.

The organizational and management model ensures autonomy and scientific excellence with an international evaluation system. Research groups are pursuing in cross cutting fields and are reviewed every 5 years in order to ensure scientific excellence. HCEMM focuses on and supports molecular medicine-oriented research activities targeting key, highly prevalent ageing-related non-communicable diseases.

HCEMM was created by the union of the University of Szeged, the Semmelweis University and the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. They were joined by the National Research, Innovation and Development Office representing the Hungarian Government as project coordinator and by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) as advanced scientific institution.

Supported by EU Programme: H2020-EU.4.a. - Teaming of excellent research institutions and low performing RDI regions. Project starting date was 1 April 2017.

Research Strategy

HCEMM focuses on and supports molecular medicine-oriented research activities targeting key, highly prevalent ageing-related non-communicable diseases.

The research strategy is based on three thematic pillars and three cross-cutting horizontal themes. Of further importance, high-quality excellent research would be most efficiently (but not exclusively) supported by establishing a matrix of advanced core facilities in the HCEMM.

The thematic pillars are highly complementary and synergistic in terms of the underlying concepts and research approaches. Moreover, all imply similar needs for high-end technologies and core facilities. Finally, they represent strong research areas in Hungary and a number of already existing excellent Hungarian groups will create a ‘seed incubator environment’ of scientific excellence.


Immuno-inflammatory diseases


Metabolic and cardiovascular diseases


Genomic instability and cancer

Research Groups

HCEMM-SE Cardiometabolic Immunology Research Group

Group Leader:

Zoltán Varga

HCEMM-SE Extracellular Vesicles Research Group

Group Leader:

Edit Buzás

HCEMM-SE Inflammatory Signaling Research Group

Group Leader:

Balázs Enyedi

HCEMM-BRC Metabolic Systems Biology Research Group

Group Leader:

Balázs Papp

HCEMM-SzBK Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis Research Group

Group Leader:

Lajos Haracska

HCEMM-SzTE Skin Research Group

Group Leader:

Lajos Kemény

Work at HCEMM

We are always looking for smart and talented scientific and non-scientific people who can bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Please check our current open positions and send your application to career@hcemm.eu


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6723 Szeged, Római blvd. 21. Hungary

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+36 62 343 166
Tamás Bíró

Director General

Judit Balogh

Project Manager - Project Coordinator

Balázs Bódi


Judit Harsányi

Head of Office

Ernő Homolya

IT Manager

Ágnes Molnár

Communication Director

Tamás Gábor Takó

Technology Transfer Director

Tamás Tóth

Finance Director

Anna Zseni, LL.M.

Legal Director

In Partnership with

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739593.