|Pavel Tomancak heads a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, UK|
Pavel Tomancak heads a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, where he has worked since 2005. After obtaining his PhD at the EMBL in Heidelberg in 1999, he was a post-doc at the University of California in the lab of Gerald M. Rubin. There, he worked on genome-scale imaging to elucidate the genetic basis of Drosophila melanogaster development. At MPI-CPG, his group focuses on comparative modelling of the development of Drosophila and other flies to infer fundamental rules about the genetic control of animal development and its evolution.
He is a great proponent of open-access microscopy technology, and has been closely involved with developing the OpenSPIM project for do-it-yourself light-sheet microscopy, and with the open-source image processing software Fiji. In 2016 he was elected an EMBO member.