Three years have passed, full of passion, excitement and learning experiences, but also hard times, stumbles and challenges.
Being an INVITE student funded by the prestigious Marie Curie fellowship program under Horizon 2020 is a big honor and a great responsibility.
I was able to get into a catalytic environment with great mentorship under the great name in cardiac surgery and science Prof. Giovanni Luciani, and also the innovative brilliant mind in cardiac regeneration Dr. Tamer Mohamed.
In these 3 years, I did not work just to gain a PhD, but I worked on my scientific thinking and future career path. Currently, I am finalizing my thesis that depicts basic pathology of cardiac injury after arrest in trials to highlight possible fosters of recovery. Integrating the clinical experience and basic science knowledge, I am ready to continue my career as a cardiology clinical scientist.
It was a hard long journey, being away from the people I love with a lot of restrictions because of the COVID pandemic, but I had two new families, the INVITE family in Italy, and the lab family in the USA, whom I am indebted to.
INVITE has been an experience for life.