Sofia has a MSc. in Microbiology and a PhD in Evolutionary Developmental Biology at the University of Bergen, Norway. During her PhD  she used genomics and transcriptomics to understand the evolution of developmental genes in sponges. Her future research will integrate ecology, genetics and developmental biology to expand knowledge on sponges and cnidarians associated with coral reefs. She uses a combination of tools for molecular biology studies, including spatial and temporal gene expression,  microscopy, high-throughput sequencing methods and bioinformatics. Her opening project will use genomic and transcriptomic data to compare the calcifying machinery in calcisponges with corals. She is also interested on molecular signaling pathways involved on the stress responses in cnidarians.

  • Evolutionary Developmental Biology, EvoDevo and Ecology.
  • Molecular mechanims of stress responses in sponges, anemones and corals.
  • Evolution of cell signaling pathways and transcription factors.
  • Molecular mechanisms of calcification in calcareous sponges.
  • Genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics.
  • 2015 to 2018 - Postdoctoral research fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Postdoc, Sars Centre for Marine Molecula Biology (Bergen, Norway)
  • 2008 to 2014 - PhD candidate, Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (Bergen, Norway)
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