Prof. Dr. László Somsák

Full professor, head of the department

Tel: (52)-512-900/22348
Fax: (52)-512-744

Place and date of birth
Miskolc, 18 March, 1954

Studies and Degrees
1973-1978: Studies at the Lajos Kossuth University of Debrecen, MSc in chemistry
1978-1982: Postgraduate studies and research supervised by professors István Farkas and Rezső Bognár
1983: PhD
1998: Habilitation
2002: Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1978-1981: Research assistant of the Research Group for Antibiotics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the University of Deberecen
1981-1983: Assistant lecturer
1984-1993: Assistant professor
1993-2003: Associate professor
2003: Full professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Debrecen

Research interests
Synthesis and structure elucidation of C-glycosyl derivatives; investigations into and applications for preparative purposes of radical mediated transformations of carbohydrate derivatives; development of new synthetic methodologies for the preparation of glycals, exo-glycals and their derivatives; preparation of glycosylidene- and glycosylmethylene carbene as well as glycosyl nitrene precursors and investigation of their reactivity; spirocyclizations at the anomeric centre of monosaccharides; synthesis of glycosidase and glycogen phosphorylase inhibitors as potential antidiabetics, study of their structure-activity relationships; synthesis of glycomimetics and glycopeptidomimetics.

Scientific results in figures (as of April, 2017)
Publications (total): 157
Among them
Book sections: 10
Reviews: 12
Patent applications: 3
Number of citations: ~1860 (independent) / ~ 3120 (total)
Cumulative impact factor: ~353

Complete list of publications in MTMT database (download)

Repository of the University of Debrecen for self archiving DE Tudóstér

International collaborations and study trips
2012- : Prof. Dr. Peter Langer, Universitaet Rostock, Germany
2008- : Dr. Joseph M. Hayes, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom
2008- : Dr. Vincent P. Swamy, Dr. Srinivas Hotha, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
2007- : Prof. Dr. Hongbin Sun, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
2007- : Dr. Igor Tvaroska, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
2005- : Prof. Dr. Denis Postel, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France
1999- : Dr. Nikos G. Oikonomakos, Dr. Evangelia D. Chrysina, Dr. Demeteres D. Leonidas, Dr. Spyros E. Zographos, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
1997- : Prof. Dr. Torsten Linker, Universitaet Potsdam, Germany
1993-1996: Prof. Dr. Andrzej Wisniewski, University of Gdansk, Poland
1989- : Prof. Dr. Gérard Descotes, Dr. Jean-Pierre Praly, Dr. Sébastien Vidal, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
1988-1989: Prof. Dr. Robert Ferrier, University of Wellington, New Zealand
1987-1989: Prof. Dr. Reiner Sustmann and Dr. Hans-Gert Korth, Universitaet Essen, Germany
1986-1989: Prof. Dr. Günther Snatzke, Universitaet Bochum, Germany
1980-1984: Prof. Dr. Klaus Peseke, Universitaet Rostock, Germany

International scholarships
1990-1991: Research work at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) with Prof. G. Descotes and Dr. J.-P. Praly as “poste rouge” fellow of CNRS
1992-1993: Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) with Prof. F. W. Lichtenthaler

1999-2002: Széchenyi Professorship
1999: George Olah Medal and Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2009: Golden Cross of Distinction of the Hungarian Republic
2013: Géza Zemplén Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2016: Plaquette of the Debrecen Committe of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Memberships in professional organizations
1999- : European Chemistry Thematic Network (representative of the University of Debrecen)
2006- : Committee on Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2006- : Chair of the Working Committee on Carbohydrate Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2006- : European Carbohydrate Organization (Hungarian representative)
2009- : Doctoral Committee of the Section of Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2009-2012: Member of Organic Chemistry Panel of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund
2010-2014: European Science Foundation, EuroGlycoForum Steering Committee (Hungarian representative)
2013- : Member of the General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2016- : Chair of Organic Chemistry Panel of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office

Activity in scientific journals
Regular reviews for journals: J. Med. Chem., J. Org. Chem., Chem. Rev., Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Asymmetry, Tetrahedron Lett., Carbohydr. Res., J. Carbohydr. Chem., Bioorg. Med. Chem., Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., Org. Biomol. Chem., Bioorg. Chem., Eur. J. Med. Chem., Curr. Med. Chem., Synlett, Synthesis, Chem. Commun., Chemistry Open, Beilstein J. Org. Chem., Curr. Top. Med. Chem., J. Serb. Chem. Soc., Arab. J. Chem.

Editorial Board Member
Carbohydrate Research, The Open Organic Chemistry Journal.

Guest Editor
Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry (Special Issue: Inhibition of Glycogenolysis Towards Antidiabetic and Other Therapies).
Carbohydrate Research (Special Issue: Carbohydrates as Ligands – Synthetic and Biological Aspects).