DZHK Young DZHK 2023

Keynote Speakers

Keynote: Navigating Your Academic Journey: Insights and Experiences on Career Perspectives

Monika Gladka

Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Amsterdam, NL

Monika Gladka is an assistant professor at the University Medical Center in Amsterdam. In her current research, she maps the behaviour, properties and interactions of the individual cells of the heart during cardiac injury or when repair processes are initiated. To do this, she employs multiple technologies including mouse genetics, mouse models of cardiac ischemia, culturing living adult cardiac slices, single-cell approaches, AAV-mediated gene therapy, and extensive validation of findings in cardiac tissues from patients with different etiologies of HF.

Previously, Monika Gladka joined the group of Professor E. van Rooij at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2013. During this time, she focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating cardiac regeneration (Gladka et al. Circulation 2018, Gladka et al. Nature Communications 2021, Gladka et al. Cardiovascular Research 2023). Monika Gladka obtained her PhD in molecular cardiology in the laboratory of Professor L. de Windt at Maastricht University (The Netherlands).

She is actively involved in several cardiology organisations:


Keynote: Gender Equity in the Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Workforce

Carolin Lerchenmüller

Research Group Leader and Physician Scientist at University Hospital Heidelberg

Carolin Lerchenmüller is a physician-scientist heading the Laboratory for Cardiac Remodeling and Regeneration and working as a clinician in the Department of Cardiology at University Hospital Heidelberg. She obtained her MD degree from University of Heidelberg and conducted the research for her doctoral thesis at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MGH/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA.

In another line of research, Carolin Lerchenmüller investigates gender equity and women in science/medicine, as well as Gendermedicine. She is currently heading the Group Women and Family in Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society (DGK) to build a foundation for evidence-based equity and diversity efforts within the DGK.


Twitter: @CLerchenmueller @PG13_DGK