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:


Krisztina Sándor, Balázs Könnyű, Ádám Mikósi (2021): Uncertainty in expert’s judgments exposes the vulnerability of research reporting anecdotes on animals’ cognitive abilities Scientific Reports 11 pp. 16255
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: pp. e1008634


Könnyű Balázs, Kun Ádám (2020): Surfaces, the missing link in the Origins of Life Journal of Systems Chemistry 8: pp. 95-106
Szilágyi András, Könnyű Balázs, Czárán Tamás: (2020): Dynamics and stability in prebiotic information integration: an RNA World model from first principles Scientific Reports 10:51


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