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Dr Melinda Halasz


Melinda Halasz

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
01 716 6679
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Melinda Halasz is an Assistant Professor in Pathology in the UCD School of Medicine, and a Group Leader at Systems Biology Ireland (SBI). Melinda trained as a physician (MD) before completing her PhD in Immunology at the University of Pecs Medical School (UPMS) in Hungary. Her Paediatrics training drove Melinda to advocate for children with malignancies by choosing to become a researcher in the field of Paediatric Oncology. Melinda joined SBI as a postdoctoral researcher in August 2012 to participate in a European FP7 consortium which focused on identifying new treatments for aggressive embryonal tumours. In this highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment Melinda could make optimal use of her broad spectrum of technical repertoire and demonstrated the ability to fruitfully collaborate with computational scientists by delivering high-quality scientific outputs (e.g., Nature reviews Cancer, Nature Cell Biology, Science Signaling etc.). Melinda's work on neuroblastoma was recognized by the receipt of several awards, for example, Young Investigator Award (San Francisco, 2018), Best Presentation Award (SIOPEN/GPOH, 2017), Young Investigator Award (Cairns, 2016), UCD Conway Festival of Research and Innovation Gold Medal (2015) etc. Less than five years after defending her PhD, Melinda started her own research group focusing on childhood cancers. FELLOWSHIPS - IFMSA Research Fellowship - Project on Melanoma tumour vaccines using mice (Nov 2005) Prof. Thomas Tüting's Lab, Dept. of Experimental Dermatology, University of Bonn, Germany - IFMSA Professional Exchange Fellowship - Medical practice in Surgery (Jul 2005) University of Nuevo Leon; Monterrey, Mexico - IFMSA Professional Fellowship - Medical practice in Tropical Medicine (Jul 2004) Khartoum Tropical Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan - IFMSA Research Fellowship - Project on Inhibitory and triggering receptors of NK cells (Jul 2003) Prof. Miguel Lopez-Botet's Lab, Dept. of Immunology, University Pompeu Fabra; Barcelona, Spain - SciTech Pre-University Fellowship - Project on Cloning of metallothionein (Aug 2000) Prof. Shimon Gepstein's Lab, Faculty of Biology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


  • Assistant Professor in Pathology
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland11 Jun 2018
  • Special Lecturer in Pathology
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2016 - 10 Jun 2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University College Dublin1 Aug 2012 - 31 Jul 2016
  • Assistant Professor
    University of Pécs Medical School, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Pécs, Hungary1 Dec 2011 - 1 Aug 2012


  • MD
    University of Pecs Hungary
  • PhD
    University of Pecs Hungary
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


  • Professional Certificate University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin
  • Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme 2017
    University College Dublin
  • The art of leadership - fewer conflicts, more results
    EMBO17 Nov 2016
    Laboratory Management Course
  • Certificate in Project Management (QQI FETAC Level 6)
    Professional Development18 Aug 2015
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certificate
    Professional Development - IASSC Accredited Training Organisation30 Apr 2015