Dr. Tamas Kozicz was born in 1966 in Tatabánya, Hungary. He completed his medical studies in 1990 at the University of Pecs, in Hungary. He received full training in gross anatomy, histology, embryology with special attention to functional neuroanatomy, and from 1992 he worked as a full time faculty at the Department of Anatomy at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Dr. Kozicz obtained his PhD degree in Neurosciences. His PhD thesis concerned the functional neuroanatomy of the green frog's visual system. Between 1996 and 1998 he spent two and a half years in the laboratory of Prof Akira Arimura at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, USA as a post-doctoral fellow. After returning to Hungary, he established his own research group studying functional neuro¬¬anatomy of brain circuits regulating/controlling stress adaptation response at the Department of Anatomy in Pécs University in Pécs. In 2002 he moved to the Netherlands and in 2005 he was appointed assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, in the Department of Cellular Animal Physiology. Since 2012 he became faculty at the Tulane University Medical Center, at the Hayward Genetics Center. In 2013 he was appointed as chair of Department of Anatomy at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and in 2014 he was also appointed to associate professor of clinical anatomy at Tulane University Medical Center.
His research group probing structural and functional correlates of stress-related plasticity in the rodent brain and in human post-mortem brain samples. His group has established a fundamental research line with a strong translational aspect in stress (mal)adaptation and energy metabolism, with a special attention to neuronal mechanisms of sex differences. The outcome of various stress and feeding paradigms as well as adverse early life experience are in his focus by using a highly interdisciplinary approach integrating functional neuroanatomical, behavioral, (epi)genetic and physiological aspects of the action(s) of CRF-family of neuropeptides, with special focus on urocortin 1, in in vivo and in vitro model systems. In addition to urocortin 1, the messengers corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neuropeptide Y (NPY), leptin, ghrelin and cocaine- and amphetamine-related transcript peptide (CART) are of central interest too. His research has been described in more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has acquired grants worth more than 2.5 million dollars. In 1999 he received the prestigious Bólyai János Fellowship Award from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and in 2005 the Vidi Award of the Nederland's Organization for Scientific research (NWO).
Neurobiology of stress-related psychopathologies; from genes and brain circuits to mood