Who are BHF Alumni?

For over 50 years, thousands of researchers have benefitted from BHF funding  from PhD students to BHF Professors via technicians, clinicians, nurses, data specialists and statisticians. Past and present, they form a community dedicated to advancing our mission to eradicate premature deaths from CVD in the UK and around the world. Wherever their careers take them, our alumni continue to make important contributions in research, medicine, education, science communication, business and technology. Here you can meet just a few BHF alumni and find out what our global community means to them.

Professor Barbara Casadei
BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and President-Elect of the European Society of Cardiology

Barara Casadei

International collaboration is hugely important in fighting cardiovascular disease. The international networks I have developed through the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Oxford, as well as through organisations such as the Fondation Leducq, the European Society of Cardiology and the European Union, have opened new avenues for innovation and expanded the scale and relevance of my work. The BHF has fostered generations of scientists, many of whom are now working in academic institutions outside the UK or in global companies – in pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics – so the BHF alumni programme offers new and exciting opportunities for collaboration for all.

Dr Jason Mellad
CEO at Cambridge Epigenetix

Jason Mallad

When I was completing my PhD and post-doc with BHF funding at the University of Cambridge, I never imagined that one day I would be applying the skills I acquired to developing better diagnostic tests for heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases. At Cambridge Epigenetix, we believe great things happen when people work together, and the success of our company depends largely on forging strong partnerships with leading researchers and institutions. Considering the huge range of experts who have worked on BHF-funded projects over the years, the BHF Alumni programme will be an invaluable networking resource, and I look forward to meeting new collaborators.

Emma Agnew
BHF 4-Year PhD Studentship, University of Edinburgh

I’m in my final year of a PhD funded by the BHF at the University of Edinburgh. Outside of the lab BHF Alumni opens up doors to a huge range of activities for current researchers like me. Engaging the general public with science is hugely rewarding. Taking the time to discover the impact of research helps me to remember why I’m carrying out the work I do. I enjoy talking about research to the general public, attending events and meeting with other volunteers, researchers and patients to hear their stories. Volunteer work and the link with the BHF community has reminded me to think, on days where the research in the lab isn't going so well, that people really appreciate the work we do as scientists. 

Athanassios Vratimos, PhD
International Product Specialist, Rontis AG

I feel rather atypical as a scientist who has shifted his career from a laboratory to the corporate environment. The scientific experience I gained and the skills I developed in my post-doc not only contributed to a better understanding of a vascular disease that affects millions of patients, but also provided the foundation for my career transition from academia to product management and industrial research. It's exciting and stimulating to realise the potential of applying the knowledge I gained as a BHF-funded researcher in the current business environment, and a pleasure to join this global scientific community that continues to be active in supporting past and present researchers.