Dr Ildiko Somorjai:
Dr Ildiko Somorjai
Biomolecular Sciences Building
University of St Andrews
tel: 01334 463628
Public Engagement and Recruitment Committee
Biology Management Group
School of Biology
Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences
IBANS Animal Cognition
Biology Postgraduate Recruitment Committee
Scottish Oceans Institute
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My research interests are broadly in evolution and development, with a focus on comparative mechanisms between embryonic processes and regeneration. The main body of my work is carried out in the cephalochordate amphioxus, an invertebrate chordate that is fast emerging as an important model system for understanding the evolution of vertebate characters from an invertebrate ancestor. This is largely facilitated by its "prototypical" genome organisation and simple chordate morphology. The fact that amphioxus regenerates complex structures well as an adult also holds promise for its use as a regeneration model system.
Ildiko is a newly appointed MASTS Lecturer. Her interests are in the field of evolution and development (“Evo-Devo”), including the evolution of regeneration mechanisms and stem cells . She employs a comparative framework to study the amazing diversity of regenerative ability in different systems, particularly marine organisms . The long-term goal of her research is to shed light on new facets of the regulation of stem cells in species with high regenerative potential, in an effort to improve organ regeneration in poorly regenerating species, like humans.