Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)

I was born and raised in Barcelona. I studied Genetic’s in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I learned that there are still many exciting and unknown things to discover.

I joined this project with the intention of understanding a bit more heart development. Although it is a great opportunity, everything has a price: I had to say goodbye to the sun!

I grew up in Madrid, where I studied Biomedical Engineering. Impressed by the complexity of biological systems, I thought it could be amazing to use physics to understand them a bit more.

I’m still hoping to get some answers one day, but if I don’t, at least it’s being fun. In this project I am focusing on understanding the mechanisms underlying mechanotransduction in the developing heart, and for that I am using light sheet microscopy imaging.

I grew up in Bucharest, Romania but I spent my last five years studying Computer Science in the United Kingdom. After having the opportunity of processing confocal microscopy images and MRI, I realised that my passion lies at a closer boundary with biology and help understand biological processes. For this I am grateful to the 4DHeart project for the chance to work in this interdisciplinary field.

“The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.” -Richard Hamming

Graduated in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy). I grew up in a small village of the center of Italy. I love travel and I visit most of the European Country and when I have enough time and money I always organize some adventurous trips. I enjoy to spend time with people and discover new cultures and tradition. I decided to join this project because it is definitely a good opportunity, no just to learn and improve in scientific field but also to know new people and to travel around Europe.

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving.” (A. Einstein)

A biomedical engineer raised and educated in Portugal with a deep love for engineering, programming, football, sun and beach. Moved from Portugal to Berlin where he realized that 2 out of 5 was not enough and now arrives in Madrid expecting a 4 out of 5 and perhaps an artificial beach in the near future for a perfect love story. In case the negotiations with Real Madrid to replace Cristiano Ronaldo fail, he is intending to absorb all the energy coming from sunny Madrid and spend it into auspicious and fruitful research in CMR, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. 

INTERACTION BETWEEN ESRs

Research Topics EPICARDIUM BIOLOGY ESR2, ESR5 ,ESR6
CARDIAC DEVELOPMENT IN ZEBRAFISH ESR1, ESR2, ESR3, ESR5
MECHANICAL FORCES IN CARDIAC DEVELOPMENT ESR1, ESR2
CARDIAC VALVE BIOLOGY ESR1, ESR3, ESR6
IN VIVO IMAGING OPTIMIZATION ESR1, ESR2, ESR3, ESR4, ESR5, ESR6
HEART CELL REGISTRATION ESR1, ESR4 ,ESR5
First Recr. Country ESRs Origin Recruiting Partners  
IGMBC LEICA PHILIPS CNRS CNIC BITPLANE UBERN ACQUIFER Individual Project
FR DE ES FR ES CHE CHE DE  
France ESR 1 Laia Ortiz  Spain 1-18 18-36             ESR 1  Quantitative analysis of outflow tract heart valve morphogenesis using light sheet time lapse microscopy
Germany ESR 2 Elena Remacha  Spain 18-36 1-18             ESR 2 Quantification of cilia mechanodetection during pericardium development using optical tweezers
France ESR 3 Paul  Stroe England Romania       1-9/27-36   9-27 /UBERN     ESR 3 3D and 3Dt Atlas of cardiac development in the zebrafish with a focus on the valves
Spain ESR 4           1-18 18-36/CNIC     ESR 4 Time-lapse 4-D analysis of cardiac development in the mouse
Switzerland ESR 5  Eleonora Lupi Spain
Italy
            1-18 18-36 ESR 5 High content screening assay for the identification of chemical compounds enhancing epicardium formation
Spain ESR 6 Tiago Silva Portugal     1-36           ESR 6 In-vivo characterization of dynamic myocardial tissue changes in different mammals