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My name is Attila Jancsó. Apart from a two-years postdoctoral fellowship, I've been working at the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Szeged since I finished my MSc studies (1997). I obtained my PhD in chemistry in 2002. My present position is associated professor.

I have three main research topics run under the umbrealla of the Bioinorganic Chemistry Research group. We are studying the metal ion and semimetal binding features of different bacterial metalloregulatory proteins from the MerR and ArsR families. The main goal if these studies is to forward our understanding on the molecular details of the metal ion selective mechanisms of their operation. A somewhat related topic covers the design and characterization of the toxic metal ion binding properties of oligopeptides labelled by fluorescent groups. The design of ligands is heavily inspired by the metal ion binding sites of metalloregulatory proteins and other metalloproteins. The oligopeptides, investigated both in solution phase and in their solid supported forms, may be potential candidates as metal ion receptor molecules in optochemical metal ion sensors. We have recently commenced another research direction focussing on the solution forms of the semimetal arsenic (and the closely related antimony), an element with a well-known toxicity for all living organisms, but also with an over thousand years long history of use in the treatment of various diseases. The goal of these studies is to explose in details the interaction of these semimetal compounds with ligands possessing thiol functional groups.

My teaching duties at the department cover lectures and laboratory practicals in Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.


Address Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7.
Tel. (+36)-62-343753
E-mail jancso (at)