Name: Dr. Peter Horvath

Year of birth: 1980


  • MSc: Computer Science (University of Szeged 2003)
  • PhD: Digital image analysis (University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France 2008)

Previous and current positions:

  • 2007-2013: Senior Scientist, docent (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)
  • 2013- : Senior scientist, principal investigator (Biological Research Center, Szeged)
  • 2014- : Senior scientist, FiDiPro Fellow (FIMM, Helsinki)

Scientific scholarships:

  • CEEPUS – Central European Exchange Program (6 months, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)
  • Marie Curie Fellowship (6 months PhD scholarship, Sophia Antipolis, France)

Language skills:

Hungarian – mother tongue

English – fluent written and oral

German – fluent written and oral

French – basics

Research projects:

  • 2014-: NAP-B: Automated single-cell extraction technology from primary brain tissues using 3D label-free microscopy, machine learning and lipidomics (BRC HAS Szeged)
  • 2014-: Next generation image analysis solutions – towards image-based diagnostics. Personalized drug discovery. (FIMM, Helsinki)
  • 2009-2013: Data analysis of the first dozen Swiss academic human genome-wide screens (ETH, Light Microscopy Centre, Zurich)
  • 2007-2012: Head of image processing; Responsible for image and data processing related problems in computational cell biology; advising PostDoc, PhD and Masters students (ETH, Light Microscopy Centre)
  • 2007-2009: Setting up a new High-Content Screening facility (ETH, Institute of Biochemistry, Zurich)
  • 2004-2007: Image segmentation using shape priors; Introduced a novel active contourbased shape representation and segmentation method. Applied to aerial and satellite images (INRIA ARIANA Research Group; University of Szeged)
  • 2003-2004: Segmentation using color and motion; Developed active contour- based segmentation models. Introduced a real-time motion tracking robot (Image Processing and Computer Graphics Department, University of Szeged)
  • 2002: Speech recognition system; (Artificial Intelligence Group, University of Szeged)

Teaching experience:

Overall 14 years academic teaching experience.


Programming, Image Processing, Algorithms and data structures, programming languages, introduction to informatics, MatLab, Image analysis for Biologists, Protein and cell dynamics


ETH Zurich, University of Harvard, Max Planck Insitiute, Trinity College Dublin, University of Helsinki

International roles:

  • Head of the European Cell-based Assays Interest Group
  • Board member of the Society of Biomolecular Imaging and Informatics
  • Organizer and Session chair of numerous conferences, meetings, and workshops

Major collaborations:

  • ETH Zurich (Prof Ulrike Kutay, Prof Ari Helenius, Prof Yves Barral, Prof Jean-Pierre Bourquin)
  • INRIA (Prof Josiane Zerubia, Dr Ian Jermyn)
  • Harvard (Prof Anne Carpenter, Prof Matthias Marti)
  • Trinity Dublin (Dr Anthony Davies)
  • FIMM Helsinki (Prof. Olli Kallioniemi, Prof. Johan Lundin, Prof. Päivi Ojala, Dr. Vilja Pietiäinen, Dr. Päivi Östling, Dr Caroline Heckman)
  • BRC HAS (Prof. Laszlo Vigh, Dr. Csaba Pal, Dr. Balazs Papp, Dr. Lajos Haracska)
  • University of Szeged (Prof. Gabor Tamas)