Dr Paula Sommer
Paula Sommer graduated with a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and then at the University of Manchester in the UK. She returned to South Africa and is now a senior lecturer in the Genetics division of the School of Life Sciences.

She has collaborations with the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the Africa Centre and currently holds grants from the South African Medical Research Council and the National Research Foundation.

Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD
BSc (Hons)
Discipline:   Genetics
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 3336
 Email:   sommerp@ukzn.ac.za
 Recent Publications:   Silla ZT, Naidoo J, Kidson SH, Sommer P. 2014. Signals from the lens and Foxc1 regulate the expression of key genes during the onset of corneal endothelial development. Experimental Cell Research. 322(2):381-8.

Sommer P. 2013. Can stem cells really regenerate the human heart? Use your noggin, dickkopf! Lessons from developmental biology. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa. 24 (5): 189-192.

Kay P, Schlossmacher G, Matthews L, Sommer P, Singh D, White A, Ray D. 2011. Loss of Glucocorticoid Receptor Expression by DNA Methylation Prevents Glucocorticoid Induced Apoptosis in Human Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells. PLoS ONE: 03 Oct 2011 10.1371/journal.pone.0024839

Sommer P, Cowen R, Berry A, Cookson A, Telfer BA, Williams K, Stratford I, White A and Ray DW. 2010. Glucocorticoid receptor expression promotes human small cell lung cancer apoptosis and thereby slows tumour growth. Endocrine Related Cancer. 17(1):203-13.

Sommer P, Le Rouzic P, Gillingham H, Berry A, Kayahara M, Huynh T, White A and Ray DW. 2007. Glucocorticoid Receptor Over-Expression Exerts An Anti-Survival Effect On Human Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells. Oncogene. 26(50): 7111-7121.

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