The Laboratory for Centrosome and Cytoskeleton Biology  

Institute of Human Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 

Dr. Jay Gopalakrishnan Ph.D.

Principle investigator, Professor


  • From July 2018: Univ.-Professor, Institute for Human Genetics, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • January 2013 - June 2018: Independent research group leader and HFSP young investigator, Center for molecular medicine (CMMC), University of Cologne, Germany
  • July 2012 - January 2013: Post-doctoral research, Hyman lab, MPI-Dresden, Germany, (Advisor: Prof. Anthony Hyman)
  • March 2006 - June 2012: Post-doctoral research, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA. (Advisor: Prof. Tomer Avidor-Reiss. Mentors: Profs. Danesh Moazad, Tim Mitchison, and Tom Rapoport)
  • July 2004 - March 2006: Career break due to health issues, jobless and terrible times
  • April 2001 - June 2004: Ph.D. student, Technical University of Berlin, Germany (Advisor: Prof. Lorenz Adrian)
  • 1999 - 2000: M.S (By Research), Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India
  • 1994 - 1998: Bachelor studies in biochemistry and pharmacology, Madras Medical College (MMC), Chennai, India


Dr. Omkar Suhas Vinchure Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Affiliation:  GlioOrg, Heinrich Heine Univerisity, Düsseldorf
  • Research Interest:  Glioblastoma multiforme, cilium biology in cancer, recurrent and therapy-resistant glioma, microRNA
  • Exceptional skill: Molecular biology. Team leader. Mediator
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Laetitia Heid M.Sc.

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Research Interest:  Glioblastoma multiforme, biochemistry
  • Exceptional skill: Biochemistry
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Manish Naik M.Sc.

PhD Student

  • Affiliation:  GlioOrg, Heinrich Heine Univerisity, Düsseldorf
  • Research Interest: CCB53 and Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Exceptional skill: Public speaker, scientific representative, standup comedian, positive vibe transmitter, artist, poet, singer, dancer, coke enthusiast, guitarist-to-be 
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Minh Tran B.Sc.

MSc Student

  • Affiliation:  GlioOrg, Heinrich Heine Univerisity, Düsseldorf
  • Research interest: Glioblastoma multiforme, bioinformatics
  • Exceptional skills: Data visualization. Coding. Anything can be modeled with the right math and passion.
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Dr. Nathalie Jurisch Yaksi Ph.D.

Principle investigator, Professor

  • Affiliation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Dr. Limor Freifeld Ph.D.

Professor, Computer scientist

  • Affiliation: Technion Israel Institute of Technology
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Dr. Vita Rovite Ph.D.

Principle investigator

  • Affiliation: Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center
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Dr. Julia Steinmann M.D.


  • Affiliation:  Heinrich Heine Univerisity, Düsseldorf
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