Dr. Gabor Szalai

Research Associate Professor | DDBS, South Carolina College of Pharmacy

803.576.5775 :: Columbia Campus

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Dr. Gabor Szalai

About Dr. Gabor Szalai

As a researcher, I have developed significant expertise in mammalian models of human diseases using methods of molecular biology. Being originally educated as a chemical engineer, however, gave me an advantage of being able to fully understand the molecular basis of cell biology, immunology and genetics. Working on various projects in several countries, I have made significant advances in the field, which is reflected in my body of work. My versatility and broad view of sciences is well reflected in the wide range of journals I have published in (i.e. Am. J. Pathol [2010] and Annals of Biomed Eng [2011]). 

I am not only a researcher, but a project manager who has led teams of over 10 personnel, managing work, people and budgets. I have furthered my expertise in leadership by advancing my education through management and leadership courses at a respected school of business. I also have a passion for teaching and a strong commitment to undergraduate education not only in the classroom but also in the lab.

Research and Academic Experience

University of South Carolina, Office of the Vice President for Research.

Director of the Peromyscus Stock Center.  Research assistant professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

University of South Carolina, Office of the Vice President for Research

Associate Director of the Peromyscus Stock Center.  Continue the activities at the Stock Center. Research assistant professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

University of South Carolina, Department of Biological Sciences.

Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Peromyscus Stock Center.  Oversee the operation of the Stock Center which houses 4,500 deer mice.  Secure research funding (NSF, NIH), interact with 89 laboratories using deer mice.  Lead research projects in cryopreservation, genetic mapping and epilepsy.

Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center and Department of Pathology. 

Postdoctoral Researcher. Research included control of megakaryopoesis, senescence and carcinogenesis by Ets transcription factors using in vitro studies in concert with in vivo knockout and transgenic technologies.


Doctor of Philosophy, Immunogenetics
Technical University of Budapest

[Based on research conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Bern, Switzerland) and at Cornell University(NY)]. Thesis title: “Studies of the equine Major Histocompatibility Complex DQ genes”]

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
Technical University of Budapest

Master of Science,Chemical Engineering,Fermentation processes
Technical University of Budapest


Patent and Commercialized Research

Heyman, J., Szalai, G., Felder, M.  Topoisomerase linker-mediated amplification methods.

U.S. Patent Application number: 20010044137

European Patent Application number: 01916175.1-2405-US0105745

“TOPO-Walker Kit” available from Invitrogen Corporation (Carlsbad, CA), Catalog. Number K8000-01.


  • Wiedmeyer CE, Crossland JP,Veres M, Dewey MJ, Felder MR, Barlow SC, Vrana PB,Szalai G: Comparative Hematological and Serum Biochemical Values among Peromyscus Species and Their Hybrids. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci, 53(4):336-43, 2014.
  • Crossland JP, Dewey MJ, Barlow SC, Vrana PB, Felder MR and Szalai G: Caring for Peromyscus spp. in research environments. Lab Animal 43(5): 162-166, 2014.
  • Kenney-Hunt J, Lewandowski A, Glenn TC, Glenn JL, Tsyusko OV, O'Neill RJ, Brown J, Ramsdell CM, Nguyen Q, Phan T, Shorter KR, Dewey MJ, Szalai G, Vrana PB, Felder MR.: A genetic map of Peromyscus with chromosomal assignment of l Vrana PB, Shorter KR, Szalai G, Felder MR, Crossland JP, Veres M, Allen JE, Wiley CD, Duselis AR, Dewey MJ, Dawson WD.: Peromyscus (deer mice) as developmental models. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 3(3):211-30, 2014.
  •  Tucsek Z, Toth P, Sosnowska D, Gautam T, Mitschelen M, Koller A, Szalai G, Sonntag WE, Ungvari Z, and Csiszar A.:Obesity in Aging Exacerbates Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption, Neuroinflammation, and Oxidative Stress in the Mouse Hippocampus: Effects on Expression of Genes Involved in Beta-Amyloid Generation and Alzheimer's Disease. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Szalai G, Payne S, Veres M, Fernandes P and Crossland JP: Equipment to induce audiogenic seizures in deer mice. Lab Animal 42(5):165-169, 2013.
  •  Jašarević E, Bailey DH, Crossland JP, Dawson WD, Szalai G, Ellersieck MR, Rosenfeld CS and Geary DC: Evolution of Monogamy, Paternal Investment, and Female Life History in Peromyscus. J Comp Psychol. 127(1):91-102, 2013.
  • Shorter K, Crossland J, Webb D, Szalai G, Felder MR and Vrana PB: Peromyscus as a Mammalian Epigenetic Model. Genetics Research International 2012: Article ID 179159, 2012.

  •  Veres M, Duselis AR, Graft A, Pryor W, Crossland J, Vrana PB and Szalai G.:The biology and methodology of assisted reproduction in deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Theriogenology 77: 311-319, 2012.
  • Findlay VJ, Turner DP, Yordy JS, McCarragher B, Shriver MR, Szalai G, Watson PM, Larue AC, Moussa O, Watson DK: Prostate-Derived ETS Factor Regulates Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition through Both SLUG-Dependent and Independent Mechanisms. Genes & Cancer 2(2):120-9, 2011.