I received a Ph.D. in Development Biology from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2009 and I am currently doing a post doc with Sólveig
Thorsteinsdóttir in the group Development and Evolutionary Morphogenesis of cE3c.
My specialization domain is developmental biology and embryology, more specifically, muscle development.
My PhD project focused on the development of the myotome and axial muscles in rat and mouse, looking at the morphogenesis of epaxial muscles. These epaxial muscles provide the ability to terrestrial vertebrates to move outside water.
Now as a post-doctoral fellow, I study muscle development in mammals, introducing the role of the extracellular matrix to understand the mechanisms of morphogenesis of back muscles originating from the myotome in mice. My study also comprises the investigation of the muscle development of mouse with muscular dystrophy to understand better the mechanism of the crippling disease.
Nunes, A.M., Wuebbles, R.D., Sarathy, A., Fontelonga, T.M., Deries, M., Burkin, D.J. & Thorsteinsdóttir, S. (2017) Impaired fetal muscle development and JAK-STAT activation mark disease onset and progression in a mouse model for merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy.Human Molecular Genetics, Online early, . DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddx083 (IF2015 5,958; Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Deries, M. & Thorsteinsdóttir, S. (2016) Axial and limb muscle development: dialogue with the neighbourhood.Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 73, 4415-4431. DOI:10.1007/s00018-016-2298-7 (IF2015 5,694; Q1 Cell Biology)
Gonçalves, A.B., Thorsteinsdóttir, S. & Deries, M. (2016) Rapid and simple method for in vivo ex utero development of mouse embryo explants.Differentiation, 91(4-5), 57-67. DOI:10.1016/j.diff.2015.12.002 (IF2015 2,461; Q2 Developmental Biology)