Verdiana Martello is a PhD student in the Myocardial Genetics group / Heart Science Section at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI).
Verdiana graduated from University of Padua (Italy) in September 2010 with a BSc degree in Molecular Biology. In October 2010 she was awarded a 10 month ERASMUS Fellowship from the European Union, which gave her the opportunity to do her Master Degree Internship at Imperial College London. She worked with Professor Ralph Knöll (Myocardial Genetics) and Professor Timothy J Aitman (Epigenetics) and her thesis focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the onset of cardiomyopathy and heart failure in a knock-in mouse model of the human W4R-MLP mutation. She received her Master Degree in Molecular Biology at University of Padua in 2012 (graduation with highest distinction).
In 2012 Verdiana was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) PhD studentship with which she joined Professor Ralph Knöll’s group in February 2013 as PhD student working on a project entitled “Muscle LIM protein, aberrant splicing and heart failure”. She investigates the role of the W4R-MLP mutation in the onset of cardiomyopathy and heart failure in patients carrying the W4R-MLP mutation.