Peter Gyarmati, PhD

Assistant Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaCancer Biology and Pharmacology
Work 1 Illini Drive Peoria IL 61605 Work Phone: 309-680-8638
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Biographical Info


My lab studies microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) in patients with childhood leukemia. Infections, especially systemic infections present a severe and potentially fatal complication in the treatment of leukemias. Our main focus is to identify and characterize infectious agents in systemic infections, which would offer more effective therapeutic options. We utilize metagenomics applications, such as the 16S/18S amplicon sequencing and shotgun sequencing to detect non-culturable pathogens. We also employ leukemic mouse models to study the fluctuations and translocations of the microbial content during the course of the disease. This research could potentially offer new therapeutic options not only in the treatment, but also in the prevention of systemic infections for leukemic patients.

Post-Doctoral Work

Post-doctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet, 2013 May-2016 Jun

Research: Investigating the microbiota (high-throughput sequencing, metagenomics, microarray) and host-pathogen interactions in sepsis.

Post-doctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA, 2009 March – 2011 July. Investigation of the pathophysiology of T1 diabetes in the vagal circuit on mouse model, using patch-clamp electrophysiology combined with single cell PCR.

Post-doctoral scholar at the Science for Life laboratory, 2011 Aug – 2013 May

Research: High-throughput sequencing, sepsis (methodology, data analysis).

Doctoral Studies

PhD studies in molecular biology at the Swedish Agricultural University, 2004-2008.

Date of public defence: 2008. Dec. 04

Title of the thesis: Implementation of molecular detection techniques in the field of veterinary virology, with special reference to the ligation-based methodologies.

Main supervisor: Prof Sandor Belak

Higher Education

BsC in Epidemiology 1994-1999

Semmelweis University of Health Sciences, Budapest

2000-2004 Researcher in the Centre of Epidemiology, Hungary, Division of Respiratory Viruses

Classical and modern diagnostics (HAI-, HA-, IF-tests, PCR, RFLP, sequencing, monoclonal antibody production), also responsible for the influenza surveillance system.


Co-supervisor of Yajing Song (KTH Stockholm, 2011-2014), Muhammad Kabir, Karolinska Institutet (2014-) and Christian Kjellander, Karolinska Institutet (2014- ) PhD students.

Laboratory supervisor of the following UGSBR-students: Hanna Orlen, Anna-Malin Linde, Frida Svanstrom, Lisa Maudsdottir and Stefan Bissinger for 2-6 months period for each student (Uppsala, Sweden, 2004-2008). Lecturer and supervisor on the yearly laboratory training for veterinary undergraduates (Uppsala, Sweden, 2004-2008). Laboratory supervisor for Shaniya Maimati undergraduate (2010 Nov – 2011 June, Lexington, USA).

Categories: Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, UICOMP