Dr Somorjai received her PhD in developmental biology at the University of Cambridge studying the dynamics of beta-catenin in the larval wing imaginal disc of Drosophila. For her postdoctoral research, she moved to the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer in France, where she discovered the cephalochordate “amphioxus”, a marine invertebrate with close affinities to vertebrates. As a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Barcelona, she began to develop amphioxus as a model for regeneration research. In 2012, after a short stint at the University of Heidelberg, she moved to the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, where she is now a Senior Lecturer. Her current research combines advanced microscopy techniques, evolutionary methods, genomics and cell and developmental biology in order to understand fundamental questions in regeneration and stem cell biology.
- Amphioxus as model organism for regeneration
- Evolution and development
- Invertebrate-vertebrate transition