Dr Ildiko  Somorjai

Dr Ildiko Somorjai
MASTS Lecturer


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.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
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
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, 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
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.


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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
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