Current Lab Members


Ernest Arenas

Professor of Stem Cell Neurobiology

ResearchGate; PubMed; ORCiD


Carmen Salto

Senior Researcher


Sandra Gellhaar

Laboratory manager

Sandra obtained her PhD at the Department of Neuroscience, KI in 2015. She spent her postdoc both at the Department of Neuroscience as well as the Department of Neurobiology, Care sciences and Society, KI with an interest in neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s disease. In the Arenas group she will support the proper functioning and development of different projects in the lab. In her free time she likes spending time with her kids and likes to do handicraft work.



Emilia Síf Ásgrimsdottir

Doctoral student

Emilia did her masters study at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is interested in developmental neuroscience. She will focus on in vitro differentiation of human ES cells to dopaminergic neurons.


Ka Wai (Kawai) Lee

Docktoral student

Kawai did her bachelor’s study in molecular biology, and has developed an interest in bioinformatics and single cell techniques during her master’s degree. She is interested in applying bioinformatics in the field of developmental neuroscience.


Anqi Xiong

Postdoctoral researcher

Anqi obtained her PhD in Neuro-oncology at the Uppsala University in Sweden. Her interests include cellular reprogramming as a therapeutic approach for Parkinson’s disease.


Mariana Ribeiro

Doctoral student

Mariana did her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and during her Master’s in Biopharmaceutical Sciences she started to become interested in neuroscience and bioinformatics. Currently, She is doing her PhD at University of Luxembourg and, in collaboration with our group, she will be using bioinformatics tools to develop new reprogramming strategies for human midbrain dopaminergic neurons.


Rika Kojima

Doctoral student

Rika did her Master’s study in Systems Biology at Kyoto University, Japan. She is interested in the link between gene mutations and the development of Parkinson’s disease. She is doing her PhD in Per Svenningsson’s group at Karolinska Institutet. In collaboration with our group, she will investigate the roles of gene mutations in the molecular pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease using patient iPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons.


Guochang Lyu

Doctoral student

Guochang is from China and is new recruited as a PhD student in the Arenas group. He is a self-certified marathon runner and is up for a talk over papers anytime.


Alessandra Rigamonti

Postdoctoral researcher



Postdoctoral researcher positions

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Bas Evers

Master student

Gonzalo Saiz Castro

Master student

Lucie Woloszczukova

Internship student

Anja Hess

Project student

Kaneyasu Nishimura

Senior Researcher
Currently Assistant Professor at Division of Integrated Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University

ORCiD; ResearchGate

Alena Salašová

PhD Student, defended Mar. 2018, Identification of novel Wnt/PCP signaling regulators and their role in midbrain dopaminergic neuron development and Parkinson's disease

Daniel Gyllborg

PhD Student, defended Sep. 2017, Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Midbrain Dopaminergic Neuron Development
ORCiD; ResearchGate; PubMed; LinkedIn

Enrique M Toledo

ORCiD; ResearchGate; Google Scholar

Dawei Zhang

ORCiD; PubMed

J. Carlos Villaescusa

Assistant Professor

Has started his own group at the Psychiatric Stem Cell Group

Pia Rivetti di Val Cervo

Postdoctoral researcher

Now working in lab of Elena Cattaneo

Chika Yokota

Senior Researcher

Geeta Ravindran

Karol Kaiser

Isabel Martin-Caballero

Spyridon Theofilopoulos

Mark Denham

Fabia Febbraro

Lukáš Čajánek

Diogo Ribeiro

Emma R Andersson

Paola Sacchetti

Gonçalo Castelo-Branco

Kyle M. Sousa

Nina Rawal

Linda Edman

Sonia Bonilla

Gunnar Schulte

Clare L. Parish

Vítězslav Bryja