Winandus Wijnen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow / Writing Specialist

Curiosity drove Wino from an active research career to academic writing and innovation management. Nevertheless, Wino has remained in close contact with the academic world and joined the Gebhard Lab from 2019 to 2021. With his extraordinary wealth of experience from his PhD times – where he studied the molecular mechanisms underlying heart failure as well as inflammatory responses in myocarditis – and his powerful mindset to develop and refine state-of-the-art ideas, and build up manuscripts and proposals, it is not surprising that he has his own successful company WiWright.

Pubmed   ORCID 0000-0002-3513-3618


Susan Bengs, PhD

Deputy Group Leader Basic Research and Management

Susan did her B.Sc. in molecular biotechnology and a holds a diploma in biology from the Technical University of Dresden (DE). She then completed her PhD studies in Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Zurich (CH), where she identified biomarkers for early colorectal cancer detection. After her PhD studies, Susan joined the Gebhard Lab in 2018 and was deputy group leader at the Gebhard Lab from 2019 to 2022, where she led research projects, but was also in charge of organizational and administrative tasks and the supervision of young researchers.

Pubmed   ORCID 0000-0003-2424-3894


Alexia Rossi, MD, PhD

Deputy Group Leader Clinical Studies

Alexia received her medical degree in 2004 and board certification in diagnostic imaging in 2008 from the University of Trieste (IT). Later, Alexia obtained her PhD in advanced cardiovascular imaging from Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam (NL). Thanks to a training grant from the European Society of Cardiology, she then moved to London where she further specialized in cardiac computed tomography at the Centre for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at the Barts Heart Centre (UK). At that time, Alexia was appointed assistant professor in diagnostic imaging at Humanitas University in Milan and returned to Italy. Alexia has consolidated experience in cardiac CT that she not only applies as an as active member of the EACVI Certification and Accreditation Committee, but also as a senior scientist in the Gebhard Lab, where she worked from 2020 to 2023 as a deputy group leader. Alexias research is focused on understanding mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases through novel, non-invasive imaging modalities. Alexia loves travelling, «good» instant coffee, and Christmas time.

Pubmed   ORCID 0000-0001-6845-1199


Karin Peer

Administrative Assistant

Karin worked in industry before starting her position at University of Zurich (CH) in 2019. She supported the Gebhard Lab from 2020 to 2022 as an administrative assistant, enriching the our team with her passion and cordial attitude. In her leisure time, she loves being around her family and friends, outdoor-activities and handicrafts.


Alessia Delcò

Medical Master Student

Thesis project: Long-term Prognostic Value of Enhanced Neuronal Stress Responses in Women and Men with Cardiovascular Disease


Katharina Schade

Medical Master Student

Thesis project: Predictive Value of Myocardial 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Uptake for Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Oncologic Positron Emission Tomography


Chiara Henze

Medical Master Student

Thesis project: Influence of Socio-cultural Gender on the Course of COVID-19


Dominik Etter

Interdisciplinary Bachelor Student

Thesis project: Does Quantification of Fat Attenuation Index add Prognostic Value as an Adjunct to State of the Art Cardiovascular Imaging?

University Hospital Inselspital Bern

Department of Cardiology
Freiburgstrasse 18
CH-3010 Bern

University Hospital Zurich

Department of Nuclear Medicine
Cardiovascular Gender Medicine
Rämistrasse 100
CH-8091 Zurich

University Hospital Basel

Department of Acute Medicine
Intensive Care Unit
Petersgraben 4
CH-4031 Basel