Header image with fluorescence microscopy image showing cells with supernumerary centrosomes

Geoffrey A. Charters MSc (Hons) PhD (Pathology)

Molecular oncopathologist


Curriculum vitae


About me

Contact information

After graduating with a double-major BSc degree from the University of Auckland, Mr Charters worked for over a decade at the leading edge of industrial process control software engineering in New Zealand. During this time, his existing fascination with molecular biology and genetics developed further, particularly as it related to the cell cycle and the origins of cancer. When opportunity presented itself, he returned to the University of Auckland to undertake formal studies in this field, ultimately receiving his doctorate in 2008.

His particular interests are the molecular mechanisms underpinning cell cycle checkpoints, the regulation of centrosome duplication, and the synchronisation of these.

Dr Charters succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer in May 2014 and this web site has been preserved as a memorial.

Constellation: an award winning fluorescence microscopy image showing centrosomal numerical dysregulation in melanoma

Centrosomal numerical dysregulation in human metastatic melanoma

This fluorescence microscopy image depicts in spectacular fashion the centrosomal numerical dysregulation found by Dr Charters. It shows a giant, multinuclear, interphase melanoma cell that contains at least 18 centrosomes (visible as orange points), rather than either one or two, the only numbers present in virtually all normal animal cells. A second cell with more normal morphology can be seen to be binucleate and contain a cluster of four centrosomes.

Centrosomal numerical dysregulation leads with near certainty to incorrect partitioning of the genome during cell division, and so engenders ongoing genetic and phenotypic diversity among descendent cells. In this way, it may account for the origin and rapid development of melanoma, and also, for its notorious resistance to systemic therapy once metastasised.

This image, entitled "Constellation", received the 2006 Biomedical Imaging Research Unit prize for the best light microscopy image and the trophy for best image overall.



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Curriculum vitae

Here may be found a current curriculum vitae for Dr Charters, viewable directly from the site, and also available as a downloadable PDF file for printing.


While the CV answers the questions "What?, "Where?", and "When?", it does not provide any insight into the "Why" and "How" of his career progression. These are addressed in a biography covering the period from his entry to university to the present.

In particular, this section contains a narrative describing the progress of his PhD research, and PDF files can be accessed from here that contain excerpts from his thesis structured as independent reviews of the molecular biology underlying aspects of his work. A PDF file of the thesis in its entirety is also available, although it is rather large at nearly 60 Mbytes.

About me

Here, Dr Charters tries to address the question that still remains, that of "Who?", by giving details of his interests and activities beyond those of cancer research. These are illustrated with examples of his photographic work.

Contact information

Details of different channels for communication with Dr Charters are given here.

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