Johns Hopkins All Children's Research

Laszlo Nagy, M.D., Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research, Associate Director of the Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease, and Professor, Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Department and Institute Affiliations

  • Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Department of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Contact Information

Research and Education Building
600 Fifth Street S. 
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

P: 727-767-8928 
F: 727-767-8804 
E: lnagy@jhmi.edu
Twitter: @LaszloNagyLab 

Administrative program coordinator:
Lorenzo Thomas
P: 727-767-8927
E: Lorenzo@jhmi.edu

Laboratory manager:
Marco Suarez, M.S.
Office P: 727-767-8934
Lab P: 727-767-2745
E: marcosuarez@jhmi.edu

Post-doctoral opportunities

Two fully funded post-doctoral research positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Nagy in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research.

More information about requirements is available here. For more information or to apply, please contact Dr. Nagy at lnagy@jhmi.edu with a CV and names of three references.

Education

  • M.D., University Medical School of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary, 1991
  • Ph.D., University Medical School of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary, 1995

Overview

Dr. Nagy is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine and biological chemistry at the Department of Biological Chemistry in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease, a program that spans Johns Hopkins Medicine campuses in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Baltimore. He is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research. He has training as both a physician and as a molecular and cellular biologist.    

Dr. Nagy’s research focuses on identifying and understanding how the identity of cells develops and how their differentiation contributes to human diseases. He seeks to understand how the extra- and intracellular lipid environment contributes to cellular development and differentiation, and what impact that has on components of the immune system. In this context, Dr. Nagy also studies what causes cells to use certain pieces of genetic information and not others, and what causes that process to sometimes result in diseases such as chronic inflammation, tissue degeneration or cancer. Studying these questions while evaluating the entire genome makes it more likely to discover key changes related to a particular disease and to find reliable biomarkers to monitor that disease. Those answers may lead to better diagnoses and novel therapies.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Nagy is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Boehringer Ingelheim Research Award, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences, and three consecutive Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar Awards.

He is an elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Academia Europaea and The Henry Kunkel Society.

Read more about Dr. Nagy's work:

Findings in Muscle Regeneration Study Broaden Researchers’ Understanding of Tissue Repair

Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital identified a pathway that plays an integral role in the way the body repairs itself after sustaining muscle damage.

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Immunology Journal Features Work of Dr. Laszlo Nagy on Muscle Regeneration

Dr. Nagy’s research focuses on identifying ways to help tissue heal and regenerate. It’s research that could one day help to improve the quality of life for children with chronic inflammatory conditions.

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Research Interests

Dr. Nagy's research interests include:

  • Transcriptional regulation via lipid activated transcription factors
  • Nuclear receptor regulation of organ homeostasis and metabolism
  • Epigenomic and transcriptional regulation of cell type specification
  • Epigenomic regulation of macrophage differentiation and function in injury and tissue repair
  • Molecular and cellular interactions during muscle regeneration in health and disease

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Marco Suarez, M.S.

Marco Suarez, M.S. Laboratory Manager

Suarez received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida in 2014 and his master's in medical sciences in 2017 from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He joined the Nagy Lab in 2019 as lab manager. He has worked in multiple fields of science including oncology research, upper-level academic science, and clinical patient-care. Currently, he is involved in administrative management of the Nagy Lab and works to manage the vivarium's mouse colony containing upwards of 300 cages on multiple murine backgrounds.

Email: marcosuarez@jhmi.edu  

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Andreas Patsalos, Ph.D.

Andreas Patsalos, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher

Patsalos is a postdoctoral fellow in the Nagy Lab at the Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research (Johns Hopkins University, Departments of Medicine and Biological Chemistry). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology, and his master’s degree in the molecular basis of human disease from the University of Crete, Greece. During his Ph.D. at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, he investigated the role and contribution of myeloid cells to skeletal muscle injury and regeneration, and revealed novel pathways involved in tissue repair. He now seeks to investigate whether any of these pathways could be manipulated in vivo to restore proper muscle regeneration and repair in disease states (i.e. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), using genome-wide analyses, and disease relevant pre-clinical experimental model systems.

Email: apatsalos@jhmi.edu   
Twitter: @anpatsalos

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Laszlo Halasz, Ph.D.

Laszlo Halasz, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Researcher



Wilhelm Kristian Berger, B.S.

Wilhelm Kristian Berger, B.S. Research Specialist

Berger received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2018. He joined the lab of Dr. Laszlo Nagy at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Orlando as a research intern in his final undergraduate year. During his internship he worked on macrophage function during muscle regeneration in response to acute injury. After graduation, Berger was hired as a research technologist by Dr. Nagy’s lab, now at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His main research interest is to determine how macrophages regulate the tissue repair processes in vivo using genomic, epigenomic, and single cell approaches.

Email: wkristianberger@jhmi.edu

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Tatiana Sieler, B.S.

Tatiana Sieler, B.S. Research Technician


Lab Alumni

Miguel Medina-Serpas, B.S.

Miguel Medina-Serpas, B.S. Research Specialist

Medina-Serpas worked on projects focused on better understanding the molecular and cellular interactions that regulate skeletal muscle regeneration in both healthy and diseased models. He is especially interested in the contribution of the innate immune compartment, namely the macrophage, in facilitating this process. Medina-Serpas received his Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Central Florida and is currently applying to graduate schools in pursuit of a Ph.D.