Lila Solnica-Krezel


Lila Solnica-Krezel is professor and head of Developmental Biology at Washington University St. Louis, School of Medicine.  She is currently investigating the cellular and molecular genetic mechanisms underlying vertebrate gastrulation, which has practical significance in understanding the molecular regulation of tumor growth and metastasis.  



  • 1985 Magister (M.Sc.) in Molecular Biology (Highest Honors), Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1991 Ph.D. in Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research

Research and Professional Experience

  • 1991 – 1995 Postdoctoral Fellow: In the laboratory of Dr. Wolfgang Driever, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston A genetic screen for mutations affecting zebrafish embryogenesis.
  • 1/1996 – 7/2001 Assistant Professor: Department of Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University
  • 8/2001 – 7/2005 Associate Professor: Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University 8/2005 – 5/2010 Professor: Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 7/2006 – 5/2010 Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Developmental Genetics: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 5/2009 – 5/2010 University Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University
  • 1/2010 – Professor and Head, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Honors and Awards

  • 1978, 1979 Champion, National Contest in Biology for High School Students, Poland
  • 1985 Magister (M.Sc.) with Highest Honors in Molecular Biology, Warsaw University
  • 1986 Distinguished Publication Award, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • 1989 Wisconsin Power and Light Foundation Fellowship in Cancer Research, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1997 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  • 1998 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, The Pew Charitable Trusts 2005 Distinguished Faculty Member, Vanderbilt University
  • 2008 Nominee Mentor of the Year 2008, the VUMC Postdoctoral Association
  • 2016 Academy of Science’s Fellows Award

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