Early Stage Researchers

Victor Gonçalves Marques


Victor G. Marques has a B.Sc. / M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal University of ABC (Brazil). His Master’s work, financed by a grant from the São Paulo Research Foundation, was focused on the characterization of atrial arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, from a non-invasive perspective. Currently, he is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, as part of the Personalize AF project, where he works with computer modeling of the heart and signal processing of atrial fibrillation. His main research interests are applying computational techniques to help enlighten the mechanisms driving cardiac arrhythmias, improving their diagnosis, and, eventually, leading to better therapeutic strategies


Goals and expectations in PersonalizeAF:

I am very excited to be a part of the PersonalizeAF project, which joins the efforts of some of the most relevant researchers and institutes in the field towards a common goal to improve the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

I expect to contribute to this goal with my project, improving the current knowledge of the arrhythmia and ablation strategies by using computer models and signal analysis. I also hope to develop myself personally and professionally during my Ph.D., enabling me to continue in this career path after the conclusion of the project and to continue my contributions to the scientific community.

Teresa Schiatti


Teresa Schiatti received her B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2018 from Padova University (Italy) and her M.Sc. degree in Cell and Tissue Engineering in 2020 from Keele University (UK). Her research interests are the overlapping issues between engineering and medicine in the cardiac field. She contributed to the development of a physical model for integrating optoelectronic scaffolds with optogenetics to investigate their effects on human stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte functionality. She is currently part of the Personalize AF network at the Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine in Freiburg (Germany). During the course of her project, she will investigate the functional heterocellular coupling between cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts in the context of atrial fibrillation. She hopes her work will contribute to finding new therapeutic strategies, and, eventually, translate interdisciplinary research into the clinical setting.




Goals and expectations in PersonalizeAF:

I am thrilled to be part of Personalize AF network as it gives me the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers towards the same goal of improving the treatment for atrial fibrillation. During as well as after my Ph.D., I expect to contribute to advancing the field, by gaining more interdisciplinary knowledge as well as applying different facets of my background. Although I believe this to be a challenging project, I feel to be part of something bigger than myself, which can eventually make a difference in cardiac medicine. For this reason, I am looking forward to diving into this culturally and academically captivating adventure!