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Meet the Scientists of Tomorrow


Dr. Jyoti Patel, UK

Area of expertise: Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease

Jyoti studied Biochemistry at Warwick University (UK) with a year placement at the Health Protection Agency, where she became interested in immunology and disease pathology which was followed by a PhD at Oxford University in inflammation and atherosclerosis in (2007-2011). During her post-doctoral work, she studied the role of a novel mediator of chemokine receptor signalling in aortic aneurysm formation which resulted in British Atherosclerosis Society Young Investigator Award in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence Intermediate Transition Fellowship at Oxford University to develop her research interests on the mechanisms behind leukocyte trafficking in the response to acute myocardial infarction and their impact on healing of the heart.



Dr. Anke Smits, Netherlands

Area of expertise: cardiovascular regeneration, cell-based cardiac repair

After completing her PhD in cardiovascular biology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Anke secured a fellowship that allowed her to spend 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow based at both University College London and Oxford University. Currently she is a senior researcher at the department of Molecular Cell Biology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Her research group is funded by several prestigious grants including a VENI from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and a LUMC Research Fellowship. Her research in (stem) cell biology focuses on translational cell-based therapies for myocardial infarction and remodelling, as well as on the regenerative potential of the cardiovascular system.


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.


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).