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Peter D. Nagy

Peter D. Nagy, Ph.D.

Department of Plant Pathology
University of Kentucky
221 Plant Science Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0312

telephone: (859) 218-0726
fax: (859) 323-1961

Nagy Lab


Ph.D. in Plant Protection, 1990, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plant Protection, Budapest
B.Sc. and M.S. in Plant Protection, 1985, Agricultural University of Keszthely, Hungary

Focus Research
  • Virus replication: We use Tombus viruses, small model RNA viruses of plants, to identify the viral and host players in replication and to unravel the mechanism of virus replication.
  • Virus recombination: To understand the mechanism of virus evolution

  • PPA 671, Advanced Plant Virology



Employment Highlights
  • Professor, University of Kentucky, 2007 to present
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2003-2007
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 1999-2003
  • Research Associate, University of Massachussetts, 1996-1998
  • Research Associate, Northern Illinois Universtiy, 1990-1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bari, Italy, 1990



Awards, Recognition, Service 2008 to present
  • Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantmanship Award, 2013
  • Smith fellow lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2011
  • Breakthrough paper on virus replication (Wang, and Nagy, P. D.) was selected in the “SPOTLIGHT” by Journal of Virology, the leading journal in the field of virology, 2009
Recent Research Publications 2008 to present
  • Sasvari, Z.; Kovalev, N.; Nagy, P.D., The GEF1 Proton-Chloride Exchanger Affects Tombusvirus Replication via Regulation of Copper Metabolism in Yeast. Journal of Virology 2013, 87, 1800-1810. doi: 10.1128/jvi.02003-12
  • Xu, K.; Huang, T.S.; Nagy, P.D., Authentic In Vitro Replication of Two Tombusviruses in Isolated Mitochondrial and Endoplasmic Reticulum Membranes. Journal of Virology 2012, 86, 12779-12794. doi: 10.1128/jvi.00973-12
  • Nagy, P.D.; Richardson, C.D., Viral replication - in search of the perfect host. Current Opinion in Virology 2012, 2, 663-668. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2012.11.001
  • Nagy, P.D.; Pogany, J., The dependence of viral RNA replication on co-opted host factors. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 2012, 10, 137-149. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2692
  • Nagy, P.D.; Barajas, D.; Pogany, J., Host factors with regulatory roles in tombusvirus replication. Current Opinion in Virology 2012, 2, 691-698. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2012.10.004
  • Jaag, H.M.; Pogany, J.; Nagy, P.D., A Host Ca2+/Mn2+ Ion Pump Is a Factor in the Emergence of Viral RNA Recombinants. Cell Host & Microbe 2010, 7, 74-81. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2009.12.009
  • Jaag, H.M.; Nagy, P.D., The Combined Effect of Environmental and Host Factors on the Emergence of Viral RNA Recombinants. PLoS Pathogens 2010, 6. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001156
  • Li, Z.H.; Pogany, J.; Tupman, S.; Esposito, A.M.; Kinzy, T.G.; Nagy, P.D., Translation Elongation Factor 1A Facilitates the Assembly of the Tombusvirus Replicase and Stimulates Minus-Strand Synthesis. PLoS Pathogens 2010, 6. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001175
  • Nagy, P.D.; Pogany, J., Global Genomics and Proteomics Approaches to Identify Host Factors as Targets to Induce Resistance Against Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus. In Natural and Engineered Resistance to Plant Viruses, Pt Ii, Carr, J.P.; Loebenstein, G., Eds. 2010; Vol. 76, pp 123-177. doi: 10.1016/s0065-3527(10)76004-8
  • Pogany, J.; Stork, J.; Li, Z.H.; Nagy, P.D., In vitro assembly of the Tomato bushy stunt virus replicase requires the host Heat shock protein 70. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2008, 105, 19956-19961. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810851105
  • Wang, R.Y.L.; Nagy, P.D., Tomato bushy stunt virus co-opts the RNA-binding function of a host metabolic enzyme for viral genomic RNA synthesis. Cell Host & Microbe 2008, 3, 178-187. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2008.02.005
  • Nagy, P.D., Yeast as a model host to explore plant virus-host interactions. In Annu. Rev. Phytopathol., 2008; Vol. 46, pp 217-242. doi: 10.1146/annurev.phyto.121407.093958
  • Rajendran, K. S., and Nagy, P. D. 2008. Surface plasmon resonance analysis of interactions between replicase proteins of tomato bushy stunt virus. Methods in Molecular Biology 451, 267-277.


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