Szabolcs started my scientific carrier in the city of Pécs, Hungary where he studied Biology. During his Bsc he developed a particular interest for earthworm (E. fetida, E. andrei) toxicology (seasonal structure changes in chloragogenous tissue). Thereafter, he started my Diploma/Master thesis at the University of Pécs – Faculty of Sciences, Hungary in the lab of Dr. Molnár László. There, he investigated the haemoglobin production of chloragogenous tissue. Therefore, during a semester’s Erasmus+ programme, he participated in molecular biology research in Cardiff University (United Kingdom) where he was working on E. Fetida haemoglobin genes identification and the expression changes due to bacterial challenge.
During his PhD Szabolcs focused on defining an evolutionary conserved NanoParticle associated Adverse Outcome Pathway (NP-AOP) for immune cell cytotoxicity. Nanoparticles (NPs) may obtain elicited entry into immune cell through hijacking the very endocytic system designed as a central component of the innate immune response (Kunzmann et al., 2011).