Professional Development Advisory Board

Richard Kanyo

Richard Kanyo

Postdoctoral Fellow
Biological Sciences and Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, University of Alberta


Richard is a postdoctoral fellow in Biological Sciences and Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases investigating the role of Prion proteins in Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Romania (Cluj-Napoca) with a german-hungarian background and immigrated to Germany (Stuttgart) in 1988, a year prior to the Romanian revolution. He discovered a passion for biology and while visiting the Max Planck Institute in grade 9, he was inspired to become a scientist. During an exchange in Canada, he was presented with the opportunity to study at the University of Alberta, where he started his career. After having lived in three different countries (6 years in Romania, 12 years in Germany and the last 15 years in Canada), he can relate to the challenges of moving around the world to pursue better opportunities. As a graduate student, he has served on several committees, where he was involved in developing by-laws and policies for the Graduate Student Association. His passion for art and history motivated him to volunteer with the Hungarian Cultural Society in Edmonton as the Cultural Director. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, daughter, friends and colleagues. He is excited to contribute to the postdoctoral community by advocating for improved benefits, easier integration and overall postdoc experience, which includes research and teaching.