Dr. Aqeela Imamdin, young postdoc at the Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research, has been awarded an Alexander-von-Humboldt Research fellowship for Postdocs, in the frame of the Henriette-Herz-Scouting programme. For the next two years, she will work in the group of Dr. Emiel van der Vorst on „The role of serotonin in the inflammatory responses associated with atherosclerosis”.
Dr. Imamdin obtained her PhD in Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2018. Her thesis, entitled „Targeting heart rate as a therapy in acute heart failure" was a translational investigation which spun off into several animal and patient-based projects. She went on to participate in clinical intervention trials in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, as well as non-invasive intervention trials involving remote ischemic conditioning. She worked on multiple projects concurrently, including cellular models of ischemia with melatonin treatments, setup of basic models of cancer therapy-induced cardiac dysfunction and diabetes. Her involvement in many diverse projects has equipped her with an extensive and flexible skillset in both clinical and basic science.