Akos Nyerges’ research targets healthcare and biotechnology with bacterial synthetic biology. He earned his PhD in Hungary while working with Csaba Pal, and currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. George M. Church at Harvard Medical School.
Akos is interested in advancing genome editing to accelerate evolutionary processes and thus support synthetic genomics and drug development. To this aim, he has so far developed tools to perform precise genome engineering in human pathogenic bacteria and hosts for microbial fermentation. His PhD focused on the genome editing-based prediction of antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of resistance mechanisms for more-effective therapeutic solutions.
In the course of his postdoctoral research, he is now applying accelerated laboratory evolution to understand the design-principles of functional genomes and engineer radically recoded chromosomes.