The laboratory for centrosome and cytoskeleton biology

Institute of Human Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf 

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 

From 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, Chennai, India (MMC)   



Dr. rer. nat Arul Mariappan Ph.D


Research Interest:  Centrosome amplification in cancers and super-resolution microscopy




Dr. Afshin Iram Ph.D

Post-doctoral researcher

Research Interest:  Mechanisms of centrosome assembly, functions and cellular biochemistry


Dr. Elke Gabriel Ph.D


Research Interest:  Stem cells, tissue engineering, brain organoids and microcephaly




Nazlican Altnisk

Master's student

Research Interest:  Microcephaly due to DNA damage


Gladiola Goranci-Buzhala

Ph.D student

Research Interest:  Cilia checkpoint in glioblastoma and brain organoids



Dr. rer. nat Anand Ramani Ph.D

Post-doctoral researcher

Research Interest:  Cilia checkpoint, stem cell-based brain organoids, technology development and pretty much everything







Pranty Abida Isam

Intern and Master's student

Research Interest:  Mechanisms of microcephaly 



Dr.rer.nat Manjeera Gowravaram Ph.D

Post-doctoral scientist and guest

Research Interest:  Protein biochemistry, structural biology and cancer target identification


Dr.rer.nat Erika Zernickel Ph.D

Post-doctoral scientist 

Research Interest:  Cilia in regeneration and liver organoids


Stefanos Loizou

Medical student, MD thesis 

Research Interest:  I dont know, I want to save the world by curing cancer


Lab 2018

Lab 2017

Lab 2017