Alessio Alogna, (Unit PI) Dr., PhD, is a clinician scientist (supported by the Berlin Institute of Health, BIH). He got his medical and scientific training at the University of Pavia (Italy), University College of London (UK), Medical University of Graz (Austria) and Charité University Medicine Berlin (Germany). During his PhD at the Medical University of Graz, he specialized in the in-vivo characterization of cardiac function in large animal models of cardiovascular diseases, applying both invasive and imaging techniques. His scientific curriculum includes also a research stay in the industry, at Bayer Healthcare Research Centre (Wuppertal, Germany). He has won travel grants and awards, including the Rudi-Busse Young Investigator award in experimental cardiology 2015 from the German Cardiac Society.