Biological Sciences


Dr Attila Molnar

Location: Rutherford 1.02A

Telephone: 650 5335


Website: No details available

Group members: Yue Fei, PhD student; Muriel Monteiro, PhD student; Aron Ferenczi, PhD student


2013 - PresentChancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh
2007 - 2013Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge
2003 - 2007Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich
2003Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Research groupings

Molecular Plant Sciences


Applied Plant Biology 3 (Course Organiser)

The Microbial World 2


PhD Studentships for 2019

Will be announced later this year.


Research interests

Small non-coding RNA (sRNAs) molecules are key components in many biological processes, including development, stress-response and disease control against molecular parasites such as viruses and transposons. They mediate post-transcriptional gene silencing that involves mRNA cleavage/destabilization or translational inhibition as well as RNA-dependent DNA methylation and histone modifications that can lead to transcriptional gene silencing. My laboratory studies the synthesis and action of sRNAs with particular emphasis on epigenetic modifications driven by sRNA molecules using a combination of biological systems including plants and viruses and the latest high throughput sequencing technologies.

We aslo develop novel genome editing tools and strategies for functional genomics.

Representative publications

Research papers:

Ferenczi, A., Pyott, D., Xipnitou, A., Molnar, A. (2017). Efficient targeted DNA replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides and Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins. PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710597114


Pyott, D.E., Sheehan, E. and Molnar, A. (2016) Engineering of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated potyvirus resistance in transgene-free Arabidopsis plants, Molecular Plant Pathology, 2016 Apr 21, doi: 10.1111/mpp.12417


Publications at Google Scholar