Pavel Tomancak

Group Members

Name Position Email Phone
Tomancak, Pavel Group Leader +49 351 210-2670
Handberg-Thorsager, Mette Postdoc +49 351 210-2785
Jambor, Helena Postdoc +49 351 210-2515
Papadopoulos, Dimitrios Postdoc +49 351 210-2540
Pietzsch, Tobias Postdoc +49 351 210-2741
Viktorinova, Ivana Postdoc
Zuberova, Monika Postdoc +49 351 210-2404
Dunst, Sebastian Predoc +49 351 210-2462
Hsieh, Yu-Wen Predoc +49 351 210-2565
Jain, Akanksha Predoc +49 351 210-2543
Schmied, Christopher Predoc +49 351 210-2577
Mejstrik, Pavel Technician +49 351 210-2569
Pitrone, Peter Technician +49 351 210-2687
Rupprecht, Michaela Technician +49 351 210-2552
Piscitello, Romina Guest student
von Zadow, Felix Hiwi

General Contact Information

Max Planck Institute
of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
- Tomancak -
Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden
Phone+49 351 210-2670
Fax+49 351 210-1389

Alex T. Kalinka


Alex studies the mechanisms of evolution of gene expression during Drosophila embryonic development.

Helena Jambor


Helena is interested in understanding the impact of RNA localization on the development of Drosophila ovary.

Tobias Pietszch


Tobias has a strong background in computer vision and will apply his skills to segmentation and registration of SPIM recordings of Drosophila embryogenesis.

Stephan Saalfeld

PhD student

Stephan uses approaches from computer vision to reconstruct and analyze massive serial section transmission electron microscopy acquisitions of Drosophila nervous system.



Kayserili, Melek Asli

PhD student

Asli is studying the divergence of embryogenesis processes in different Drosophila species using transgenesis and transcriptomics techniques.

Vineeth Surendranath

PhD student

Vineeth studies the divergence of gene regulatory networks in evolution using informatic analysis of deep sequencing data.

Maria Bogdanzaliewa


Maria makes and characterizes genomic fosmid libraries in different Drosophila species.


Pavel Mejstrik


Pavel screens for gene expression patterns in various tissues using high-throughput RNA in situ hybridization.

Peter Pitrone


Pete builds SPIM microscopes optimized for imaging Drosophila embryogenesis.

Former lab members

Stephan Preibisch

Former PhD student

Stephan developed the stitching and SPIM registration tools, contributed to Fiji, ImgLib and many micro-array related projects in our and other labs at the CBG.

Currently he is working with Rob Singer and Gene Myers pendling between Janelia Farm and MPI-CBG, funded by HFSP



Radoslaw Ejsmont

PhD student turned post-doc

Radek developed tools for reverse genetic manipulation of genes within large genomic transgenes - FlyFos system.


He is currently doing a post-doc with Bassem Hassan funded by EMBO.



Karolina Varga (formerly Jaztrzebowska)


former PhD student


Karolina was working in our lab on he hourglass model of developmental evolution. She is currently in Oxford in the lab of Ilan Davis.

Manonmani Arunachalan


former PhD student


Manonmani was working on sequence determinants of gene expression patterns. She continues this type of work at Duke University in the lab of Uwe Ohler.

Michael Weber


former Master student


Michael was imaging patterns of gene expression during Drosophila embryogenesis using SPIM. He currently does his PhD in Jan Huisken's group at the MPI-CBG.

Kamil Lipinski


former Hiwi


Kamil was working on the FlyFos libraries. He is currently doing his PhD at the ETH Zurich in the laboratory of Wilhelm Krek

Radostina Shopova (formerly Izhakarowa)


former Master student


Radostina was developing a protocol for dual color fluorescent RNA in situ hybridization.