Research Groups


Members of the Developmental Cell Biology Group

Dr. Christian Pohl

Research Group Leader
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42589


Curriculum Vitae  
since 12/2011 Group leader at BMLS
2008-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow with Zhirong Bao, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA (
2008 Dr. rer. nat., Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
2003-2008 Graduate Student with Stefan Jentsch, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany (
2003 Diploma in Biochemistry, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany (
Awards and Fellowships:
2013 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow
2009 HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow
2009 Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow (declined)
2008 Junior Research Award, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Dr. Ludovico Alves

Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Priyanka Dutta

PhD student (member of the lab since January 2014)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42702

Priyanka studied biotechnology at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, and obtained a masters degree in biological sciences and bioengineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 2013. For her masters thesis, she worked on C. elegans germline development in the lab of Kuppuswamy Subramaniam. In this work, she identified a novel positive regulator of RAS/MAPK
signaling important for proper meiotic progression and oogenesis in C. elegans hermaphrodites.
At BMLS, Priyanka works on post-translational mechanisms that regulate transcription factor degradation and on Calcium-dependent mechanisms of morphogenesis.

Lohitesh Kovooru

PhD student

Patricia Kunz

PhD student
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Sandy Maurer

PhD student
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Devang Odedra

PhD student (member of the lab since October 2012)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42703

Devang studied bioinformatics at the Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, India, and obtained a master's degree in bioinformatics from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India in 2011. His master thesis under the supervision of Shankaracharya yielded several publications on Diabetes diagnosis and prediction as well as protein evolution (see below). Devang's project involves programming and implementing image and data analysis tools to quantitatively describe head development in C. elegans as a multi-layered system comprising genetic regulation, the cellular network, as well as cytoskeletal dynamics with the future goal to perform modeling of organogenesis. Moreover, Devang is also interested in segmentation and 3D-tracking of cells and organelles.

Devang's publications:

Odedra D, Mallick M, Vidyarthi AS, Shankaracharya D. Comparative Evolutionary Analysis of Metallo-Ξ²-Lactamases with Reference to NDM1. Onl J Bioinform, 12:18-33, 2011.

Shankaracharya, Odedra D, Samanta S, Vidyarthi AS. Computational Intelligence in Early Diabetes Diagnosis: A Review. Rev Diabet Stud, 7:248-258, 2012.

Shankaracharya, Odedra D, Mallick M, Shukla P, Samanta S, Vidyarthi AS. Java-based diabetes type 2 prediction tool for better diagnosis. Diabetes Technol Ther, 14:251-256, 2012.

Mallick M, Odedra D, Vidyarthi AS, Shankaracharya. Meropenem: A potent drug against superbug as unveiled through bioinformatics approaches. Int J Bioinform Res Appl, 9:109-120, 2013.