Attila Molnar


2020 - Present   Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

2013 - 2020         Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh

2007 - 2013         Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

2003 - 2007         Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich

2003                      Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Responsibilities & affiliations

2017 - present: Graduate School Committee member, University of Edinburgh, UK

2015 - present: postgraduate advisor, University of Edinburgh, UK

Undergraduate teaching

Molecular and Synthetic Plant Biology 3 (Course Organiser)

The Microbial World 2

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

2022 - present    Cristina Ponce Lilly

2020 - present    Charlotte Von Koppenfels

2019 - present    Yen Peng Chew, Darwin Trust PhD student

Past PhD students supervised

2019 - 2020    Adela Ruzickova, Erasmus+ from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

2017 - 2021    Aron Ferenczi, EASTBIO-DTP student

2016 - 2020    Muriel Monteiro, Darwin Trust PhD student

2014 - 2018    Fei Yue, China Scholarship Council student

2013 - 2017    Douglas Pyott, EASTBIO-DTP student

Current 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 also develop novel genome editing tools and strategies for functional genomics.

Knowledge exchange

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