My interest in cardiovascular sciences was sparked during a series of internships (44 weeks in total from 2018) at Prof Mavroidis' lab at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (Greece) where we investigated the role of the complement and coagulation systems in the pathophysiology of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
In 2020 I joined Prof Mommersteeg's group to complete my integrated BSc/MSci placement thesis (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) focussing on the heart regenerative capacity of seven wild-type zebrafish strains. This project demonstrated that wild-derived zebrafish lines differ substantially in their cardiac wound healing capabilities and composition following cryoinjury, cardiomyocyte proliferation and apoptosis levels. Additionally, I identified several factors that might influence the regenerative outcome such as epicardial fat presence, early collagen deposition, cell death and remote zone cardiomyocyte cycling.
Since September 2021, as a Research Assistant in the Mommersteeg lab, I am focussing on the transcriptional differences underpinning the regenerative variations observed in the seven wild-type zebrafish strains of interest.