Institute Affiliations

  • Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)

Honors & Awards

  • American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow, American Heart Association (2017-2019)

Professional Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Characterization of the chromatin architectural features of macrophage polarization (2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Investigation of the epigenetic mechanisms of macrophage polarization (2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Debrecen, Investigation of nuclear receptor mediated gene signatures of macrophages (2015)
  • Master of Science, University Of Medicine Debrecen (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science, Kossuth Lajos University (2009)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications

  • Unraveling the Hierarchy of cis and trans Factors That Determine the DNA Binding by Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY Nagy, G., Daniel, B., Cuaranta-Monroy, I., Nagy, L. 2020; 40 (7)


    Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor ? (PPAR?) is a nuclear receptor essential for adipocyte development and the maintenance of the alternatively polarized macrophage phenotype. Biochemical studies have established that as an obligate heterodimer with retinoid X receptor (RXR), PPAR? binds directly repeated nuclear receptor half sites spaced by one nucleotide (direct repeat 1 [DR1]). However, it has not been analyzed systematically and genome-wide how cis factors such as the sequences of DR1s and adjacent sequences and trans factors such as cobinding lineage-determining transcription factors (LDTFs) contribute to the direct binding of PPAR? in different cellular contexts. We developed a novel motif optimization approach using sequence composition and chromatin immunoprecipitation with high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq) densities from macrophages and adipocytes to complement de novo motif enrichment analysis and to define and classify high-affinity binding sites. We found that approximately half of the PPAR? cistrome represents direct DNA binding; both half sites can be extended upstream, and these are typically not of equal strength within a DR1. Strategically positioned LDTFs have greater impact on PPAR? binding than the quality of DR1, and the presence of the extension of DR1 provides a remarkable synergy with LDTFs. This approach of considering not only nucleotide frequencies but also their contribution to protein binding in a cellular context is applicable to other transcription factors.

    View details for DOI 10.1128/MCB.00547-19

    View details for Web of Science ID 000520043100004

    View details for PubMedID 31932484

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  • Human B Cell Clonal Expansion and Convergent Antibody Responses to SARS-CoV-2. Cell host & microbe Nielsen, S. C., Yang, F., Jackson, K. J., Hoh, R. A., Röltgen, K., Jean, G. H., Stevens, B. A., Lee, J. Y., Rustagi, A., Rogers, A. J., Powell, A. E., Hunter, M., Najeeb, J., Otrelo-Cardoso, A. R., Yost, K. E., Daniel, B., Nadeau, K. C., Chang, H. Y., Satpathy, A. T., Jardetzky, T. S., Kim, P. S., Wang, T. T., Pinsky, B. A., Blish, C. A., Boyd, S. D. 2020


    B cells are critical for the production of antibodies and protective immunity to viruses. Here we show that patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) who develop coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) display early recruitment of B cells expressing a limited subset of IGHV genes, progressing to a highly polyclonal response of B cells with broader IGHV gene usage and extensive class switching to IgG and IgA subclasses with limited somatic hypermutation in the initial weeks of infection. We identify convergence of antibody sequences across SARS-CoV-2-infected patients, highlighting stereotyped naive responses to this virus. Notably, sequence-based detection in COVID-19 patients of convergent B cell clonotypes previously reported in SARS-CoV infection predicts the presence of SARS-CoV/SARS-CoV-2 cross-reactive antibody titers specific for the receptor-binding domain. These findings offer molecular insights into shared features of human B cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.chom.2020.09.002

    View details for PubMedID 32941787

  • Dynamic transcriptional control of macrophage miRNA signature via inflammation responsive enhancers revealed using a combination of next generation sequencing-based approaches BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-GENE REGULATORY MECHANISMS Czimmerer, Z., Horvath, A., Daniel, B., Nagy, G., Cuaranta-Monroy, I., Kiss, M., Kolostyak, Z., Poliska, S., Steiner, L., Giannakis, N., Varga, T., Nagy, L. 2018; 1861 (1): 14?28


    MicroRNAs are important components of the post-transcriptional fine-tuning of macrophage gene expression in physiological and pathological conditions. However, the mechanistic underpinnings and the cis-acting genomic factors of how macrophage polarizing signals induce miRNA expression changes are not well characterized. Therefore, we systematically evaluated the transcriptional basis underlying the inflammation-mediated regulation of macrophage microRNome using the combination of different next generation sequencing datasets. We investigated the LPS-induced expression changes at mature miRNA and pri-miRNA levels in mouse macrophages utilizing a small RNA-seq method and publicly available GRO-seq dataset, respectively. Next, we identified an enhancer set associated with LPS-responsive pri-miRNAs based on publicly available H3K4 mono-methylation-specific ChIP-seq and GRO-seq datasets. This enhancer set was further characterized by the combination of publicly available ChIP and ATAC-seq datasets. Finally, direct interactions between the miR-155-coding genomic region and its distal regulatory elements were identified using a 3C-seq approach. Our analysis revealed 15 robustly LPS-regulated miRNAs at the transcriptional level. In addition, we found that these miRNA genes are associated with an inflammation-responsive enhancer network. Based on NF?B-p65 and JunB transcription factor binding, we showed two distinct enhancer subsets associated with LPS-activated miRNAs that possess distinct epigenetic characteristics and LPS-responsiveness. Finally, our 3C-seq analysis revealed the LPS-induced extensive reorganization of the pri-miR-155-associated functional chromatin domain as well as chromatin loop formation between LPS-responsive enhancers and the promoter region. Our genomic approach successfully combines various genome-wide datasets and allows the identification of the putative regulatory elements controlling miRNA expression in classically activated macrophages.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2017.11.003

    View details for Web of Science ID 000423645700002

    View details for PubMedID 29133016

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