Balazs Sarkadi obtained his MD degree at Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He spent several years as a post-doc and then as visiting scientist at major universities in the United States and Canada. He is head of the Membrane Biology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at Semmelweis University. He is member of the Hung. Acad. Sci. and of several international societies, past president of FEBS. The research of Balazs Sarkadi is focused on the investigation of ABC membrane transporters, which play a major role in the multidrug resistance of cancer, in general pharmacology, and in stem cell function. He and his colleagues are currently focusing on genetic modulation and cellular regulation of human pluripotent stem cells. Balazs Sarkadi has published more than 130 papers in international scientific journals, he and his colleagues obtained several international patents on new cell biology and toxicology methods.