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Meet the Scientists of Tomorrow

Dr. Konstantinos Stellos, Germany

Area of expertise: Molecular and Translational Vascular Biology and Medicine

Dr. Konstantinos Stellos is a physician scientist at the Goethe University Hospital Frankfurt trained in vascular immunology, internal medicine and clinical cardiology at the University of Tubingen and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Currently, his laboratory focuses on the role of functional transcriptomics (RNA modifications) in the regulation of coding and non-coding RNAs in vascular inflammatory diseases and investigates the clinical value of novel biomarkers in cardiovascular risk stratification. He has won numerous research scholarships and awards including the Else Kröner Memorial Scholarship in 2013 by the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation and the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award of the Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology in 2015. 


Jérémy Fauconnier

Dr. Jérémy Fauconnier, France

Area of expertise: Calcium signalling

After two years of postdoctoral research at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and following three years as a fellow of the National Institute for Medical and Health Research (France), Jérémy was recruited as a permanent researcher by the French national center for scientific research at  Montpellier University. His contribution to the scientific community goes far beyond his research activities focused on calcium signalling, excitation-contraction coupling, and cardiac and skeletal muscle metabolism. He built up the national Young Investigator Group for Basic Cardiovascular Research with the aim to support scientific, educational, and advocacy activities of the French Society of Cardiology (GRRC/SFC).


Senka Ljubojevic

Dr. Senka Ljubojevic, Austria

Area of expertise: Subcellular calcium imaging

Senka completed Biochemistry studies at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia), followed by a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the Medical University of Graz  (Austria). She was granted the Austrian Science Fund Hertha Firnberg post-doctoral fellowship for exceptional young female scientists (2013-2016). The project is allocated to Oxford University (United Kingdom), the University of California Davis (United States of America) and the Medical University of Graz (Austria). Senka has experience in basic cardiovascular research in the field of myocardial remodeling in hypertrophy and heart failure with specific interest in subcellular ion homeostasis and excitation-transcription coupling.


Nicola Smart

Dr.  Nicola Smart, United Kingdom

Area of expertise: Cardiovascular development and regeneration

The success of Nicola’s research over the past ten years has already had a major impact in the field of cardiovascular medicine and culminated in two seminal Nature articles as lead author (2007 and 2011). Her work demonstrated the potential to reactivate the dormant adult epicardium to unleash a source of cardiac progenitors that can be stimulated from within the injured heart to contribute new cardiomyocytes to underpin cardiac regeneration and functional recovery. Nicola relocated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) in June 2012 and was recently awarded a British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Research Fellowship. 


Dr. Niels Voigt, Germany

Area of expertise: Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology and Calcium Handling, Arrhythmias

Niels is professor of molecular pharmacology at the Institute of Pharmacology at the Georg-August University Göttingen. He graduated and received his MD from the University of Dresden in 2007. He worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Institute of Pharmacology in Dresden, at the Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University and at the Institute of Pharmacology at the Duisburg-Essen University. In 2013, he obtained the specialization in Pharmacology and Toxicology. His field of interest is the regulation of ion channels and calcium signaling in the normal and diseased heart. He has received numerous research awards e.g. the Oskar-Lapp-Research Award (2015) from the German Cardiac Society and the Best of Basic Science Abstracts Award from the American Heart Association (2013).

Gemma Vilahur

Dr.  Gemma Vilahur, Spain

Area of expertise: Ischemic heart disease and cardiovascularprotection

After her two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Mount-Sinai/New York, Gemma received a grant from the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry to develop her scientific carreer at the Cardivoascular Research Center (ICCC-Barcelona). Currently she is a Ramon y Cajal Researcher. She has won numerous research awards including: Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator's Forum of the American Heart Association, 2006; Young Investigation Award from the Spanish Society of Cardiology, 2007; Young Investigator Award of the European Society of Cardiology, 2009, and was granted an Oréal-UNESCO award for Women in Science in 2012. She has experience in translational research with focus on atherothrombosis, myocardial infarction/remodeling and cardioprotection.