Attila Sik received his MSc in Biology and Chemistry field from the Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary in 1991. He later worked in the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, before he moved to the USA where he worked as a research fellow for almost 4 years at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Upon his return to Hungary in 1996 he received a PhD from Semmelweis Medical School with summa cum laude in the field of Neuroscience.
He is an independent researcher since 2000 when he established his first laboratory at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. He is also an associate professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and guest professor at Yanshan University, China.
He uses numerous classical and innovative techniques to unveil how neurons are connected and function together. He helped to develop instruments and beta tester for various scientific companies. He also studied genetic engineering in Germany, cryo-electon microscopy in the US and the Netherlands, electron tomography in the USA, 3D reconstruction of molecules in the UK and multiphysics modelling in Canada. His main interest is in the hippocampus and epilepsy but also published several articles and still studies other brain regions which are involved in diverse neurological disease for example Parkinson’s disease or schizophrenia.
He now also studies at Warwick Business School to receive an MBA degree in 2012 focusing mainly on leadership and organizations behaviour.