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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.

Research areas:

  • Amphioxus as model organism for regeneration
  • Evolution and development
  • Invertebrate-vertebrate transition

Ildiko Somorjai research group