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Réka Albert

Réka Albert

Main Content

  • Distinguished Professor of Physics & Biology
152E Davey Lab (Office)
104 Davey Lab (Mailing Address)
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Email: rza1 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 865-6123


  1. Ph.D. University of Notre Dame (2001)
  2. M.S. Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1996)
  3. B.S. Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1995)


Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theoretical
  • Computational
Biological Physics
  • Theoretical
  • Computational

Honors and Awards

  • External member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2016).
  • Distinguished Graduate Alumna of the University of Notre Dame (2016).
  • Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society (2011).
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2009).
  • NSF CAREER award (2007).
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2004).
  • Eli and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award, University of Notre Dame (2001).

Selected Publications

Full list of publications on Google Scholar

    1. Z Sun, R Albert, Node-independent elementary signaling modes: A measure of redundancy in Boolean signaling transduction networks, Network Science 4 (3), 273-292 (2016).
    2. SN Steinway, JGT Zañudo, PJ Michel, DJ Feith, TP Loughran, R Albert, Combinatorial interventions inhibit TGFbeta-driven epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and support hybrid cellular phenotypes, NPJ Systems Biology and Applications 1, 15014 (2015).
    3. JGT Zañudo, R Albert, Cell fate reprogramming by control of intracellular network dynamics, PLoS Computational Biology 11 (4), e1004193 (2015).
    4. A. M. Jones, Y. Xuan, M. Xu, R. S. Wang, C. H. Ho, S. Lalonde, C. H. You, M. I. Sardi, S. A. Parsa, E. Smith-Valle, T. Su, K. A. Frazer, G. Pilot, R. Pratelli, G. Grossmann, B. R. Acharya, H.-C. Hu, C. Engineer, F. Villiers, C. Ju, K. Takeda, Z. Su, Q. Dong, S. M. Assmann, J. Chen, J. M. Kwak, J. I. Schroeder, R. Albert, S. Y. Rhee, and W. B. Frommer, Border Control—A Membrane-Linked Interactome of Arabidopsis, Science 344, 711-716 (2014).
    5. Z Sun, X Jin, R Albert, SM Assmann, Multi-level modeling of light-induced stomatal opening offers new insights into its regulation by drought, PLoS Computational Biology 10 (11), e1003930 (2014).
    6. A. Saadatpour, R. Albert, Boolean modeling of biological regulatory networks: A methodology tutorial, Methods 62, 3-12 (2013).
    7. C. Campbell, S. Yang, K. Shea, R. Albert, Topology of plant-pollinator networks that are vulnerable to collapse from species extinction, Phys. Rev. E 86, 021924 (2012).
    8. R. S. Wang, A. Saadatpour, R. Albert, Boolean modeling in systems biology: an overview of methodology and applications, Physical Biology 9, 055001 (2012).
    9. J. Thakar, A.K. Pathak, L. Murphy, R. Albert, I.M. Cattadori, Network Model of Immune Responses Reveals Key Effectors to Single and Co-infection Dynamics by a Respiratory Bacterium and a Gastrointestinal Helminth, PLoS Computational Biology 8:e1002345 (2012).
    10. C. Campell, S. Yang, R. Albert and K. Shea. A network model for plant–pollinator community assembly. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (1), 197-202.

    Research Interests

    Many complex systems have an underlying network (graph) structure. Here the components of the system become the nodes of the network, while the interactions between components become edges. The topology of this network can give us important insights into the organization of the system, and understanding it is the first step towards understanding the dynamics and function of the complex system.

    This research area provides opportunities for undergraduate research.