Team members

Emre Yaksi, PhD

Professor/Group leader – Kavli Institute, NTNU

Previous: Assistant Professor/Group leader NERF-VIB-KU Leuven, Postdoc Harvard Medical School – Boston – USA, PhD University of Heidelberg – Germany, Msc University of Heidelberg – Germany, Bsc METU Ankara – Turkey

Nathalie Jurisch-Yaksi, PhD

Group leader – IKOM, 10% Associate Professor – Kavli Institute, NTNU,

Previous: Postdoc VIB-KULeuven – Belgium, and Harvard Medical School – Boston – USA, PhD University of Heidelberg – Germany, Msc University of Lausanne – Switzerland

Interested in cilia, fluid flow and any developmental process affecting the brain.

Vy Thuy Nguyen

Lab Manager

Msc NTNU Molecular Medicine

Bram Serneels

Research Technician

Msc KU Leuven – Belgium

Kadir Aytac Mutlu

Post-doctoral fellow

PhD NERF-KULeuven – Belgium

I am interested to understand how animals respond differently to the same sensory stimulus depending on their internal states. For instance, reactions of the animals to food when they are hungry, and when they are fed are not the same. I address the neural mechanisms underlying this behavior utilizing multiple approaches including simultaneous neural and behavioral imaging, and pharmacological and chemogenetic techniques.

Francisca D Acuna Hinrichsen, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow

PhD and Msc Universidad Austral de Chile – Chile

I combine my skills in viral and molecular tools with systems neuroscience to study the development of functional neural circuits in the zebrafish brain.

Fabrizio Palumbo

PhD student

Msc NTNU Neuroscience, Bsc Politecnico di Milano – Italy

Christa Ringers

PhD student (Boehringer Ingelheim Fond fellowship)

Msc NTNU Neuroscience, Bsc University of Amsterdam – Netherlands

Sverre Myren-Svelstad

PhD Student – Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, and Dept. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU

MD, Specialist in Neurology – St. Olav’s University Hospital

Clinical neurologist and fundamental neuroscientist. Exploring neural and astroglial networks in epilepsy models.

Percival D’Gama

PhD student

MSc St Xaviers College, University of Mumbai, BSc Wilson College, University of Mumbai – India

Interested to understand the role of motile cilia in regulating fluid flow in the brain of zebrafish

Anna Ostenrath

PhD student

BSc and MSc RWTH Aachen University – Germany 

I am interested in how modulations of the neuronal network can affect sensory computations and behaviour of the animal. 

Ahmed Jamali

Medical student, NTNU Research Line

Ecem Aydın

Master student, NTNU Neuroscience

Bsc İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University

Andreas Nygard

Fish facility technician

Sanne L’Abee Lund

Fish facility technician

I’m from Trondheim, I’m 22 years old and doing a bachelor in marine biology and cell and molecular biology at NTNU. 

Emma Høgh Åslein

Fish facility technician

I am Emma, 22 years old and currently doing a bachelor in marine biology. 


Nicholas Faturos

Research assistant

Bsc Amherst College – USA

Now, Research Assistant at NIH

Ricarda Bardenhewer

Master student, RWTH Aachen, Erasmus NTNU

Stephanie Foré

PhD student

Msc KU Leuven – Belgium

Now, Clinical Research Associate, Clintech – Belgium

Wojciech Marcin Swiergon

Fish facility technician

Mert Ege

Master student, NTNU Neuroscience

Bsc Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Oda Bjørnevik Håheim

Master student, NTNU Neuroscience

Peter Wessel Strandhagen

Master student, NTNU Neuroscience

Eline Vonck

Master student, KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now, PhD Student at KULeuven

Jessie Premereur

Master student, KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now, PhD Student at University of Antwerp, VIB

Ewelina Bartoszek

PhD student, Msc University of Prague/ RWTH Aachen

Now, staff scientist at Microscopy Core Facility at Department of Biomedical Engineering | University of Basel

Robbrecht Pelgrims

PhD student, Msc KU Leuven

Now, development engineer at Siemens, Trondheim

Pradeep Lal

Post-doctoral fellow (MSCA fellowship, 2016-20), PhD NIG, Mishima – Japan

Now, senior researcher at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bergen

Daniela Weth-Malsch

Post-doctoral fellow (2017-19), PhD University of Innsbruck – Austria

Now, quality management representative, Canina Pharma Gmbh, Hamm

Phong Chau

Research assistant (2019), Msc NTNU Molecular Medicine

Now: PhD student, University of Oslo

Emilie Willoch Olstad

Msc student (2017-18), NTNU Neuroscience

Now: PhD student, University of Oslo

Evelien Laura Van Hoeymissen

Master student (2018-19), KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now: PhD student, KU Leuven

Julie Hélène Vancraeynest

Master student (2018-19), KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Silke Anny Vanderhaeghe

Master student (2018-19), KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now: PhD student, KU Leuven

Anna Maria Ostenrath

visiting student, Msc RWTH Aachen – Germany

Now, PhD Student at Kavli Institute, NTNU, Trondheim

Laetitia Lalla

Post-doctoral fellow (2018), PhD: INMED, Marseille, France

Now: data scientist, France

Adinda Wens

Master student (2017-18), KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now: PhD student, University of Munich – Germany

Vegard Fiskum

Master student (2017-18), NTNU Neuroscience

Now: PhD student, NTNU

Celine Deneubourg

Master student (2017-18), KU Leuven, Erasmus NTNU

Now: PhD student, King’s College London – UK

Taeyi (Andrew) You

Master student (2017-18), NTNU Neuroscience

Florence Kermen

Post-doctoral fellow

Now: group leader, Department of Biology, NTNU

Merethe Andresen

lab manager

Now, lab manager at NTNU

Nancy Bonono

Master Student (2016-17), NTNU Neuroscience

Now: PhD student, University of Oslo

Tom Sommers

Research Assistant

Now, medical student at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Christoph Wiest

Medical student, University of Heidelberg

Now, MD-PhD student University of Oxford

Carmen Diaz Verdugo

PhD student

Now: Computational Scientist at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Filip Janiak

Post-doctoral fellow

Now: postdoc University of Sussex – UK

Tord Aronsen

Master student, NTNU (2016-17)

Now, Data scientist i Skatteetaten

Luis Mendez

PhD student (2012-16), Msc.: Biotechnological Engineering,University of Mexico City – Mexico

Now Postdoc in UCSB, CA, USA

Ingrid Reiten

Master student (2015-16), NTNU Neuroscience

Now: researcher in University of Oslo

Max Hoffmann

Research Assistant (2015), Msc: University of Vienna – Austria

Now: PhD student, University of Berlin – Germany

Cameron Wyatt

Post-doctoral fellow (2011-15), Ph.D.: Center for Neuroregeneration, University of Edinburgh, UK

Now imaging facility manager at University of Edinburgh

Suresh Kumar Jetti

PhD student (2011-15), Msc.:Dept. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University, India

Now Post-doc at MIT, Boston – USA

Lea Darnet

Master student (2014), Bsc.: Ecole Normale Superior Paris

Now postdoc Kings College, London, UK

Almudena Pingarron Salazar

Internship student (2013), Bsc.: University of Madrid

Now: psychologist

Nuria Vendrell Llopis

PhD student (2011-15), Msc.: Universitat politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Now: postdoc, UC Berkley, USA

Cecilia Brandt

Master student (2015),

Now: high school teacher

Saar Vandekeere

Master student (2013-14), Bsc.: KU Leuven

Xueting Wang

Erasmus Internship Student

Yiming Yang

Erasmus Internship Student

Jack Bechert

HHMI Visiting Student

Elena Dreosti

Post-doctoral fellow, Ph.D.: University of Cambridge, UK

Now principle investigator at UCL, UK

Abigail De La Peña

HHMI Visiting Student

Aris Fiser

EPFL Visiting Master Student

Nuray Sogunmez,

Visiting Master Student, Bsc.: Bogazici University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul