After graduating as a biologist at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 1994, he continued his former research activities at the 1st Institute of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research of the Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest. His main field of interest was the investigation of tumor metastasis including cell migration, invasion and interaction with extracellular matrices.
From the finishing of his PhD thesis in 1999 (title: Regulation of tumor cell – extracellular-matrix interaction in tumor metastasis process) he is working in the so called Metastasis Research Group in the National Institute of Oncology, Budapest and the National Korányi Institute of TB and Pulmonology, Budapest.
He was visiting scientist in Finland (University of Turku) and Switzerland (ETH) several times for various time periods with the help of joint research grants. He is member of three scientific associations (AACR, EACR, MOT) and supervises research works of ten PhD and several undergraduate students from the faculty of natural science or medicine. His scientific work was awarded with Young Scientist Award (2000), György Miklós Award (2005) and Bolyai Scholarship (2001-2004) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, EJC-Pharmamar Grant for young scientist (2004) and AACR-NCI International Investigator Opportunity Grants (2008). Dr. Tóvári holds lectures on cell motility, tumor angiogenesis, drug development and biotechnology at Semmelweis University and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.