The Laboratory for Centrosome and Cytoskeleton Biology  

Institute of Human Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 

Principal Investigator


Dr. Jay Gopalakrishnan Ph.D.

Surely not the Boss but trying to be the leader


  • 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


Our Postdoctoral Scientists

Dr. Elke Gabriel Ph.D.


  • Research Interest:  Stem cells, tissue engineering, brain organoids and microcephaly
  • Exceptional skill: Can engineer any kind of brain tissue in the dish.  Talk to me about neurodevelopmental disorders, I can help you.
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Dr. Omkar Suhas Vinchure Ph.D.

Scientist, GlioOrg member

  • 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.

Scientist, GlioOrg member

  • Research Interest:  Glioblastoma multiforme, biochemistry
  • Exceptional skill: Biochemistry
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Our Graduate Researchers


Nazlıcan Altınışık M.Sc.


Research Interest:  Microcephaly due to DNA damage 

  • Exceptional skill: Can edit genes and engineer tissues as long as it is connected to primary cilia!! I want to make the most complicated paper with ultra complex biology of brain development.
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Dhanasekaran Rathinam M. Tech.


  • Research Interest:  Primate specific cilia and human microcephaly
  • Exceptional skill: Fine stem cell handling and cell engineering.
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Manish Naik M.Sc.

GlioOrg member

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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Master's students

Minh Tran B.Sc.

GlioOrg member

  • Research interest: Glioblastoma multiforme, bioinformatics
  • Exceptional skills: Data visualization. Coding. Anything can be modeled with the right math and passion.
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Maria Fenner

  • Glio-Org and Transcriptomics Administrator




Dr. rer. nat Arul Mariappan Ph.D.

Scientist, Microscopist, IT, Lab manager, Teacher, and Liaison of glioma translational research between the lab, clinic, and companies

  • Research Interest:  Centrosome and cilium biology in human cancers (in particular Glioma), and super-resolution microscopy
  • Exceptional skill: Can image even an elephant under his microscope, offering Indian food to others in lunch.
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Dr. rer. nat Anand Ramani Ph.D.


  • Research Interest:  Cilia checkpoint, stem cell-based brain organoids, technology development and pretty much everything
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Soo Kai Ter M.Sc.


Research Interest:  Cilia biology in glioblastoma (both naive and recurrent), centrosomes, target identification and drug discovery

  • Exceptional skill: Lab organization is his second nature
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Vaishnavi Karthikeyan M.Sc.


Research Interest: FMRP and biochemistry

  • Exceptional skill: Handling of iPSCs
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Philipp Yuen M.Sc.

GlioOrg member

  • Research interest: Glioblastoma multiforme, cilium biology
  • Exceptional skill: Immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, chipping off unnecessary incubation time
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Lab group photos


The Hague, 2022



Düsseldorf, 2021



Cologne, 2018 



Cologne, 2017