Hall of Flame

Chefs Extraordinaire (Mentors)

  • Kornelija Djakovic-Svajcer, MD, PhD – The Power Chef

Djakovic2Professor of Pharmacology
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Kornelija was Karoly’s first research mentor. She was patient, enthusiastic and encouraging to the young and impatient medical student. Without her dedication, Karoly would have never ended up as a scientist.




  • Faludi Gabor, MD, PhD –  The Complete Chef

Professor of Psychiatry
Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Gabor was Karoly’s PhD mentor, and much more – he was a colleague, a good friend, a calming influence, a delight to be around. Thanks to his dedication, Karoly still maintains strong ties with the Old World scientists.



  • H. Richard Koerber, PhD – The Master Chef

Professor of Neurobiology,
University of Pittsburgh

He is a clever, involved, supportive spinal cord electrophysiologist who mentored Karoly through the 1991-1996 period and helped him to find his place in the New World.



  • Pat R. Levitt, PhD – The Ultimate Chef

Provost Professor
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Energetic, idealistic, sharp as a razor. A great friend, a caring mentor, an idealist – he is the main reason Karoly is still in science. He mentored Karoly over the 1996-2000 years and was critical for Karoly’s transition from trainee to faculty.


  • David A. Lewis, MD – The Iron Chef

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

He is a systematic, precise, soft spoken and dedicated physician-scientist. Although Karoly never officially worked for Dave, he had a major influence on Karoly’s development as a scientists during the 2000-2006 period.


  • Miklos Palkovits, MD, PhD – The Legendary Chef

Professor of Anatomy
Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Semmelweis University, Budapest

Karoly’s idol and PhD committee chair- the most cited Hungarian scientist ever, it is a privilege to know him and call him a friend. Beyond brilliant, with no tolerance for mediocrity, the passion for science burns in him as brightly as ever. His all-encompassing knowledge and ability to synthesize information is surpassed by none.