Dr. Daniel Patko

(Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow)


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After receiving his biophysicist degree from the University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary), Daniel started his PhD studies at the University of Pannonia (Veszprém, Hungary) and at the Nanobiosensorics group (Budapest, Hungary) under the supervision of Dr Robert Horvath. Daniel gained a very multidisciplinary knowledge from the development of label free optical biosensors to surface chemistry; from fluidics to protein, bacteria and cell adhesion. After he obtained his PhD degree in 2016, he started his postdoctoral research at The James Hutton Institute (Dundee, Scotland) at Dr. Lionel Dupuy’s Sensoil group. Daniel’s role in the group was to develop a Fluorescent Light Sheet Microscope (FLSM) to investigate plant root-soil and root-microbe interactions in a transparent soil environment. To achieve this he developed a new growth chamber system for the live monitoring of the plants. Additionally, Daniel participated in the development of a plastic waste based smart soil, where the surface of the soil particles can be tailored and it makes it possible to give sensor functions to the soil. These years convinced Daniel, that he has to scale up the number of the performed experiments to gain deeper understanding about the life of plants.


Daniel joined the Microfluidic Clusterat the UPV/EHU as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Benito Lopez, to develop a novel paper based fluidic system to investigate the root microbe interactions.