Scientists in charge

María S Guillem

(Universitat Politècnica de València)

Dr. Maria S. Guillem, Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (Northwestern University, NU, 2006) and PhD in Electronics Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV, 2009) is the Deputy Director of ITACA Research Institute at UPV and head of the Cardiac Oriented Research Laboratory.

She was a Fulbright fellow at NU and currently is an Associate Professor at the Electronics Engineering Department at UPV. Dr. Guillem is co-author of 40 international scientific research papers, more than 100 conference papers, 3 patents, and has participated in 40 national/international research projects, 7 of them as PI. Her research interests include the development of medical instrumentation and signal processing for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases. She participates in the Executive Board of the Consortium for Electrocardiographic imaging and the Board of Directors of Computing in Cardiology.

Olaf Dössel

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Olaf Dössel is Professor and head of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Before, he was head of a research department at Philips Research Laboratories, Hamburg. He has several honorary posts in international advisory boards. He is member of several academic societies, among them: the BBAW and acatech. He is senior member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IAMBE and Fellow of the EAMBES. His main interests are bioelectric signals and fields in the human body, computer modeling, the inverse problem of electrocardiography, biosignal processing of ECG and electrograms, and new methods of medical imaging.

Ulrich Schotten

(Maastricht University)

Ulrich studied medicine at the Universities of Aachen, Glasgow and Valetta. After having followed an internship at the Dept. of Cardiology for 4 years at the Dept. of Cardiology in Aachen he joined the Dept. of Physiology at Maastricht University in 1998, first as a scholar of the Academy of Sciences North Rhine-Westfalia and from 1999 on as a staff member of the Dept. of Physiology. In 2003, he defended his thesis “Mechanisms of Atrial Paralysis in Atrial Fibrillation” at Maastricht University. Since his Habilitation in Experimental Cardiology in 2004 (title: “Adaptive mechanisms of excitation-contraction coupling in the heart”) he is also member of the Faculty of Medicine at Aachen University. In January 2011, he was appointed as professor of cardiac electrophysiology at the Dept. of Physiology.







Ursula Ravens

(Universitaets-Klinikum Freiburg )

Ursula Ravens studied Medicine at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, and University of Vienna (1963-1969) and obtained her MD in 1969. After her internship in Berlin (Approbation 1970) she joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Kiel as a Scientific Research Fellow (1970-1985), where she specialized in Pharmacology (Facharzt 1977) and habilitated in Pharmacology in 1979. In 1985, Ursula became a Professor of Cardiovascular Pharmacology at the University of Essen, where she was elected as Dean for Students’ Affairs of the Medical Faculty (1986-1990). In 1997 Ursula took up the Professorship and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical Faculty of Technical University of Dresden (1997-2014). Since 2014 she is a Senior Professor associated with the Department of Physiology, Medical Faculty at the Technical University of Dresden. She is Guest Professor at Danish Arrhythmia Research Centre, University of Copenhagen since 2009. Ursula was a Chairperson of several working groups and committees, was a member of the board of the German Pharmacological Society (DGP), and serves on diverse editoral boards. In 2015, Ursula was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit. Since 2016, she is a Senior Professor at the IEKM in Freiburg.


Blanca Rodríguez

(The University of Oxford​)​

Blanca Rodriguez is Professor of Computational Medicine and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, in the Department of Computer Science. Her research is on investigating causes and modulators of variability in the response of the heart to disease and therapies within the Computational Cardiovascular Science team ( 

Blanca is from Valencia, Spain, where she studied Engineering and graduated with a PhD in 2002. She then trained as a postdoc at Tulane University, and joined Oxford in 2004, initially as a senior postdoc and then holding several independent research fellowships.

Nejib Zemzemi

(Université de Bordeaux)​

Nejib Zemzemi is a researcher at the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA).  He obtained his PhD in applied mathematics at Université Paris-Saclay in 2009. He moved, in 2010, to the department of computer science at Oxford University where he made postdoctoral research about numerical assessment of drugs effect on the electrical activity of the heart. Since 2012, he has been working at Inria-Bordeaux Sud-Ouest, on modelling and numerical methods in cardiac electrophysiology with a special focus on the electrocardiographic imaging inverse problem and in silico assessment of drugs.

Eduard Guasch

(Institut d'investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer)​

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; IDIBAPS August Pi i Sunyer. Biomedical Research Institute · Arrhythmia Unit.  Cardiology Department.

Fields of expertise:
-Atrial Fibrillation

-Cardiovascular Disease




Cristiana Corsi

(Università di Bologna)

Cristiana Corsi is Associate Professor in Bioengineering at the Department of Electric, Electronic and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi” at University of Bologna in Italy and she is the Director of the Professional Master in Programme 2nd level in Clinical Engineering at the University of Bologna.

The research activities carried out along the years are focused on the design and development of new expertized and advanced technologies and methods aimed at the quantification of new clinical indexes to improve disease diagnosis and treatment on a patient-specific basis. Main research activity regards but is not limited to biomedical image and signal processing; in particular filtering, segmentation and registration of biomedical data including real time 3D echography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and fluoroscopy. Additional research interests involve cardiac modeling and simulation and home care solutions.

Kristian Valen-Sendstad

(Simula Research Laboratory​​)​

Senior research Scientist in Simula. Organisation: Department of computational physiology. Kristian has expetise in the following fields: computational fluid mechanics, cerebral blood flow, turbulence and transitional flows. 

Pilar Sepúlveda


Prof. Dr. Pilar Sepúlveda is head of the Regenerative Medicine and Heart Transplantation Unit (RETRACAR) at Heath Research Institute Hospital La Fe. The RETRACAR group is dedicated to the study of cardiovascular disease from different approaches ranging from preclinical studies in cell therapy and tissue regeneration to clinical studies focused on cardiac electrophysiology and cardiotoxicity. Particular interest is on the screening of cardio-protective compounds using iPSC derived cardiomyocytes. 

She has published more than 50 articles, reviews and book chapters. She holds a European patent between IISLAFE and University of Maastricht based of a method for predicting cardiotoxicity risk in patients receiving anthracyclines. Pilar is a member of the Spanish Cell Therapy Network (TERCEL) from RETICs of the Carlos III Health Institute, She is Associated Professor of Histology at University of Valencia and at CEU-Cardenal Herrera University. Dr. Sepúlveda was qualified for the figure of senior professor of ANECA, She has directed 10 Master thesis, 8 doctoral thesis and has 5 more in progress, many funded through competitive contract

Elena Matsa


Dr Elena Matsa is the Director of Discovery Technology at Ncardia. She obtained her PhD in stem cell biology in 2010, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, and the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2015, she was appointed as Instructor at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, and in 2017 she transitioned to industry as a Senior Scientist. She has extensive experience and high impact publications in modeling of human heart disease in iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, personalized medicine, and drug discovery

Lluís Serra


Luis Serra has a PhD / MSc in Electrical Engineering (1987) from the University of Bradford (UK) and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering (1982) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.

Luis brings to Galgo Medical over 20 years of experience in the development of medical applications, specifically using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies and applying them to neurosurgery and recently to arrhythmia treatment. He was a key person in the development of the Dextroscope and its commercialization. At Galgo he leads the Image-Guided Planning & Interventional Imaging Unit, which develops medical imaging solutions for interventional and surgical planning.

Alex Kalinin


Dr. Kalinin has more than 18 years of experience in software product management, medical devices engineering, software development, biomedical engineering. During his career in R&D industry departments and several research laboratories, he developed several medical devices and software products, improved and applied a number of computational techniques in area of 3D computer graphics and numerical algorithms for the medical imaging and biomedical engineering tasks.

His career includes industrial and academic directions, He is PhD in computer sciences. His PhD thesis describes application of the neural networks for heart diseases diagnostic and treatment. His post-doctoral work develops numeric forward and inverse mathematical problems in application to the medical imaging technologies.In industrial direction of his career his principal interest is the software product development for medical device industry including full certification process for CE Mark and FDA

Jose Alberto Maldonado


PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2005. Specialist in modelling, integration and standardisation of (bio)medical information. He has more than 15 years of experience in medical informatics research, is co-author of more than 70 international projects and has directed more than 10 R+D+i projects. He has collaborated with international organizations for the standardization of electronic medical records such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) or Snomed. He is a certified specialist in HL7 V3 RIM and HL7 CDA and Snomed (Implementation Course).


Magda Grudniewska-Lawton


Magda Grudniewska is a R&D Project Manager at GenomeScan. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology of ageing from University of Groningen. Subsequently, she worked as a research associate at the Rutgers University, studying ageing-associated diseases, and moving forward, at Utrecht University, investigating the role of translational dynamics in protein folding. In 2020 she transitioned to industry and joined an Innovation Department at GenomeScan, where she manages (inter-)nationally funded research and innovation projects. She has an extensive experience in Next Generation Sequencing technologies, gene regulation studies and protein biochemistry. She actively engages in science communication and outreach activities.

Mikael Mortensen

(​Universitetet i Oslo)

Professor Mikael Mortensen received his PhD in mathematical modeling of turbulent reactive flows from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2005. Prof. Mortensen is interested in CFD and the many aspects of turbulent fluid flows, ranging from physics, modeling, numerical methods, software implementation and applications. And since such topics as turbulence, CFD and scientific computing are relevant for a wide range of different research fields, his later research topics venture into fields such as plasma physics, biomedical flows, multiphase and numerical analysis. In recent years he has been working extensively with finite element (FEniCS) and spectral codes for Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of turbulence, with codes preferably written in the high-level Python language.

Rolf Krause

(Universita della Svizzera Italiana )​

Rolf Krause is chair of advanced scientific computing and the director of the institute of computational science (ICS) in the Faculty of Informatics. He is also the Co-director of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC) at USI
From 2003 to 2009, he was professor for Scientific Computing at the University of Bonn. During that time he spent a sabbatical at UC San Diego (USA) and Columbia University New York (USA). In 2002 he was on a research visit at the Courant Institute (NYU, New York). He holds a Diploma and a PhD (2000) in Applied Mathematics from FU Berlin (Germany). His research focuses on numerical simulation and mathematical modeling in scientific computing and computational sciences, in particular the development of theoretical well founded simulationmethods, which show excellent performance also in real world applications. His editorial work includes the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC) and Computing and Visualizatio in Science (Springer).