Dr Ildiko Somorjai

MASTS Lecturer

tel: 01334 463628
email: imls@st-andrews.ac.uk
room:  (SOI)
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

General Information

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.


Recent Publications

Albuixech-Crespo, B, López-Blanch, L, Burguera, D, Maeso, I, Sánchez Arrones, L, Moreno-Bravo, JA, Somorjai, I, Pascual-Anaya, J, Puelles, E, Bovolenta, P, Garcia-Fernàndez, J, Puelles, L, Irimia, M & Ferran, JL 2017, 'Molecular regionalization of the developing amphioxus neural tube challenges major partitions of the vertebrate brain' PLoS Biology, vol 15, no. 4, e2001573. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001573
Dailey, SC, Planas, RF, Espier, AR, Garcia-Fernandez, J & Somorjai, IML 2016, 'Asymmetric distribution of pl10 and bruno2, new members of a conserved core of early germline determinants in cephalochordates' Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 3, 156. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00156
Bertrand, S, Aldea, D, Oulion, S, Subirana, L, de Lera, AR, Somorjai, IML & Escriva, H 2015, 'Evolution of the role of RA and FGF signals in the control of somitogenesis in chordates' PLoS One, vol 10, no. 9, e0136587. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136587
Pascual Anaya, J, Albuixech Crespo, B, Somorjai, IML, Carmona, R, Oisi, Y, Àlvarez, S, Kuratani, S, Muñoz Chápuli, R & Garcia Fernandez, J 2013, 'The evolutionary origins of chordate hematopoeisis and vertebrate endothelia' Developmental Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2012.11.015
Somorjai, IML, Lohmann, JU, Holstein, TW & Zhao, Z 2012, 'Stem cells: A view from the roots' Biotechnology Journal, vol 7, no. 6, pp. 704-722. DOI: 10.1002/biot.201100349
Lopez-Domenech, G, Serrat, R, Mirra, S, D'Aniello, S, Somorjai, I, Abad, A, Vitureira, N, Garcia-Arumi, E, Teresa Alonso, M, Rodriguez-Prados, M, Burgaya, F, Andreu, AL, Garcia-Sancho, J, Trullas, R, Garcia-Fernandez, J & Soriano, E 2012, 'The Eutherian Armcx genes regulate mitochondrial trafficking in neurons and interact with Miro and Trak2' Nature Communications, vol 3, 814, pp. -. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1829
Somorjai, IML, Somorjai, RL, Garcia-Fernandez, J & Escriva, H 2012, 'Vertebrate-like regeneration in the invertebrate chordate amphioxus' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 109, no. 2, pp. 517-522. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1100045109
Somorjai, IML, Escrivà, H & Garcia-Fernàndez, J 2012, 'Amphioxus makes the cut-again' Communicative & Integrative Biology, vol 5, no. 5, pp. 499-502.
Bertrand, S, Camasses, A, Somorjai, IML, Belgacem, MR, Chabrol, O, Escande, M-L, Pontarotti, P & Escriva, H 2011, 'Amphioxus FGF signaling predicts the acquisition of vertebrate morphological traits' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 108, no. 22, pp. 9160-9165. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1014235108
Irimia, M, Denuc, A, Burguera, D, Somorjai, I, Martin-Duran, JM, Genikhovich, G, Jimenez-Delgado, S, Technau, U, Roy, SW, Marfany, G & Garcia-Fernandez, J 2011, 'Stepwise assembly of the Nova-regulated alternative splicing network in the vertebrate brain' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 108, no. 13, pp. 5319-5324. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1012333108
D'Aniello, S, Somorjai, IML, Garcia-Fernandez, J, Topo, E & D'Aniello, A 2011, 'D-Aspartic acid is a novel endogenous neurotransmitter' FASEB Journal, vol 25, no. 3, pp. 1014-1027. DOI: 10.1096/fj.10-168492
Bertrand, S, Somorjai, I, Garcia-Fernandez, J, Lamonerie, T & Escriva, H 2009, 'FGFRL1 is a neglected putative actor of the FGF signalling pathway present in all major metazoan phyla' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 9, 226. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-9-226
Somorjai, I, Bertrand, S, Camasses, A, Haguenauer, A & Escriva, H 2008, 'Evidence for stasis and not genetic piracy in developmental expression patterns of Branchiostoma lanceolatum and Branchiostoma floridae, two amphioxus species that have evolved independently over the course of 200 Myr' Development Genes and Evolution, vol 218, no. 11-12, pp. 703-713. DOI: 10.1007/s00427-008-0256-6
Somorjai, IML & Martinez-Arias, A 2008, 'Wingless signalling alters the levels, subcellular distribution and dynamics of armadillo and E-Cadherin in third instar larval wing imaginal discs' PLoS One, vol 3, no. 8, e2893. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0002893
Somorjai, IML, Camasses, A, Rivière, B & Escrivà, H 2008, 'Development of a semi-closed aquaculture system for monitoring of individual amphioxus (Branchiostoma lanceolatum), with high survivorship' Aquaculture, vol 281, no. 1-4, pp. 145-150.
Chen, L, Murphy, R, Lathrop, A, Ngo, A, Orlov, N, Ho, CT & Somorjai, IML 2005, 'Taxonomic chaos in Asian ranid frogs: An initial phylogenetic resolution' Herpetological Journal, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 231-243.
Somorjai, IML, Danzmann, RG & Ferguson, MM 2003, 'Distribution of Temperature Tolerance Quantitative Trait Loci in Arctic Charr (Salvelinus alpinus) and Inferred Homologies in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)' Genetics, vol 165, no. 3, pp. 1443-1456.

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