Balázs Ördög is specialized in cellular cardiac electrophysiology, with a special interest in the molecular biology of the ion channels of the heart, their function in health and disease, particularly in arrhythmia mechanisms.
Balázs graduated as an agriculture engineer specialized in biotechnology in Hungary, 2002, after which he joined the Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged as PhD student. For his thesis he was studying the gene expression profile of the healthy human heart. He then joined the research group supervised by Dr. Stanley Nattel at the Montreal Heart Institute in 2007, where he was developing viral gene delivery vectors for various research projects in the field of atrial fibrillation pathophysiology, both for in vitro and in vivo applications. After the Montreal years, he moved back to Szeged, Hungary in 2012, after being recruited by Professor András Varró, to become the acting leader of the molecular biology laboratory at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Medicine. In his group they were focusing on the pathomechanisms of inherited cardiac rhythm disorders and also participated in projects on antiarrhythmic drug development. He joined the Laboratory of Experimental Cardiology at the LUMC in March, 2019, to contribute to the engineering of biological devices for cardiac rhythm control.