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Peter Kovacs

Assistant Research Professor


  • Biomedical Engineering

W302 Millennium Science Complex





  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Pecs, 2001
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Pecs, 2001
  • Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of Pecs, 2006
  • Postdoctoral program, Behavioral Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State University, 2009


Journal Articles

  • Petra Hermann, Viktor Gál, István Kóbor, C. Brock Kirwan, Peter Kovacs, Tamás Kitka, Zsuzsanna Lengyel, Eszter Bálint, Balázs Varga, Csongor Cseko and Zoltán Vidnyánszky, 2019, "Efficacy of weight loss intervention can be predicted based on early alterations of fMRI food cue reactivity in the striatum", NeuroImage: Clinical, 23, (October 2018)
  • Balázs Varga, Ferenc Kassai, György Szabó, Peter Kovacs, János Fischer and István Gyertyán, 2017, "Pharmacological comparison of traditional and non-traditional cannabinoid receptor 1 blockers in rodent models in vivo", Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 159, (April), pp. 24-35
  • Tamás Kitka, Sebestyén Tuza, Balázs Varga, Csilla Horváth and Peter Kovacs, 2015, "Differential regulation of metabolic parameters by energy deficit and hunger", Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 64, (10), pp. 1235-1239
  • Bence Farkas, Péter Kardos, Szabolcs Orosz, István Tarnawa, Csongor Cseko, György Lévay, Sándor Farkas, Balázs Lendvai and Peter Kovacs, 2015, "Predictive validity of endpoints used in electrophysiological modelling of migraine in the trigeminovascular system", Brain Research, 1625, (January 2020), pp. 287-300
  • Katalin K. Szalai, Gyula Beke, János Éles, Tamás Kitka, Peter Kovacs, József Nagy, Sándor Farkas and András Boros, 2014, "Recent patents on novel MCH1 receptor antagonists as potential anti-obesity drugs", Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery, 9, (2), pp. 122-40
  • Zsolt Kovács, Andrea Slézia, Zsolt Kristóf Bali, Peter Kovacs, Arpád Dobolyi, Tamás Szikra, István Hernádi and Gábor Juhász, 2013, "Uridine modulates neuronal activity and inhibits spike-wave discharges of absence epileptic Long Evans and Wistar Albino Glaxo/Rijswijk rats", Brain Research Bulletin, 97, pp. 16-23
  • Andras Hajnal, Peter Kovacs, Tamer Ahmed, Katia Meirelles, Christopher J Lynch and Robert N. Cooney, 2010, "Gastric bypass surgery alters behavioral and neural taste functions for sweet taste in obese rats", American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 299, (4), pp. G967-G979
  • Peter Kovacs and Andras Hajnal, 2009, "In vivo electrophysiological effects of insulin in the rat brain", Neuropeptides, 43, (4), pp. 283-293
  • Peter Kovacs and Andras Hajnal, 2008, "Altered pontine taste processing in a rat model of obesity", Journal of Neurophysiology, 100, (4), pp. 2145-2157
  • Peter Kovacs, István Hernádi and Márta Wilhelm, 2006, "Mast cells modulate maintained neuronal activity in the thalamus in vivo", Journal of Neuroimmunology, 171, (1-2), pp. 1-7
  • Tamas Atlasz, Zsombor Koszegi, Norbert Babai, Andrea Tamás, Dora Reglodi, Peter Kovacs, Istvan Hernádi and Robert Gábriel, 2006, "Microiontophoretically applied PACAP blocks excitatory effects of kainic acid in vivo", Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1070, pp. 143-148
  • Zsombor Koszegi, Peter Kovacs, Márta Wilhelm, Tamás Atlasz, Norbert Babai, Veronika Kállai and István Hernádi, 2006, "The application of in vivo microiontophoresis for the investigation of mast cell-neuron interactions in the rat brain", Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods, 69, (1-2), pp. 227-231
  • Peter Kovacs and István Hernádi, 2006, "Yohimbine acts as a putative in vivo a2A/D-antagonist in the rat prefrontal cortex", Neuroscience Letters, 402, (3), pp. 253-258
  • Tamás Atlasz, Lóránd Kellényi, Peter Kovacs, Norbert Babai, György Thuróczy, László Hejjel and István Hernádi, 2006, "The application of surface plethysmography for heart rate variability analysis after GSM radiofrequency exposure", Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods, 69, (1-2), pp. 233-236
  • Peter Kovacs, Viktória Dénes, Lóránd Kellényi and István Hernádi, 2005, "Microiontophoresis electrode location by neurohistological marking: Comparison of four native dyes applied from current balancing electrode channels", Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, 51, (2), pp. 147-151
  • Peter Kovacs and István Hernádi, 2003, "Alpha2 antagonist yohimbine suppresses maintained firing of rat prefrontal neurons in vivo", NeuroReport, 14, (6), pp. 833-836
  • Peter Kovacs and István Hernádi, 2002, "Iontophoresis of lithium antagonizes noradrenergic action on prefrontal neurons of the rat", Brain Research, 947, (1), pp. 150-156

Conference Proceedings

  • Andras Hajnal, Ralph Norgren and Peter Kovacs, 2009, "Parabrachial coding of sapid sucrose: Relevance to reward and obesity", Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1170, pp. 347-364

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Member, Member of the Penn State University College of Medicine Hearing Committee, Penn State University, Hearing Committee, 2009 - 2009
  • Contributions to Programs to Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Mentor, Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP), NIDDK, 2007 - 2007

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Other, Student delegate, Doctoral and Habilitation Committee, University of Pecs, 2002 - 2004



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614