Balázs KÖNNYŰ, PhD

IE Department of Evolutionary Dynamics
konnyu.balazs [at]
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Models of prebiotic evolution.
1) We investigate the Metabolically Coupled Replicator System (MCRS), in which replicators create persistent coexisting community both in ecological and in evolutionary time scale using the RNA World scenario.
2) We study theoretically eco-evolutionary interactions among encapsulated replicators, metabolic processes, and membrane within prebiotic liposomes.

Main profile in keywords: 
model, prebiotic evolution, MCRS
Selected publications:


Vörös Dániel, Könnyű Balázs, Czárán Tamás (2021): Catalytic promiscuity in the RNA World may have aided the evolution of prebiotic metabolism Plos Computational Biology 17(1): e1008634


Czárán T, B Könnyű & E Szathmáry (2017): Metabolically Coupled Replicator System (MCRS): Overview of an RNA-world model concept of prebiotic evolution on mineral surfaces XVIIIth ISSOL Conference 16-21 July, 2017, San Diego, California, USA
Szilágyi András, Zachar István, Scheuring István, Kun Ádám, Könnyű Balázs, Czárán Tamás (2017): Ecology and evolution in the RNA world: dynamics and stability of prebiotic replicator systems Life 7(4),48



Könnyű, B., T. Czárán & E. Szathmáry (2008): Prebiotic replicase evolution in a metabolic system: parasites as a source of adaptive evolution BMC Evolutionary Biology (8) 267