I am a medical doctor, bioinformatics researcher and a healthcare entrepreneur. My current roles as a Partner at the SALT Bio Fund & Chief Scientific Officer of HOOKE allow me to utilise my passion to help build companies that bring new piece of science or technology to the people with the aim of improving their health & longevity. My research at Hooke and at the Buck Institute is focused on standardising all novel surrogate biomarkers of aging and interventions that can help people live longer, happier and healthier lives by compressing the number of years spent in bad health (morbidity) and increasing healthy life expectancy. I worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, qualified from UCL Medical School, London, UK and had research posts at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, USA and King’s College London. My work is in the field of computational medicine focused on preventive cardiology and aging, but I also enjoy extending my research principles to a wider application of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

As a math & science geek at heart who discovered the beauty of exercise, I spend most of my free time on sports and nutrition science as I search for the roads to a healthy heart and a calm mind. This is a website to show my work and more importantly the work of incredible people I meet on my journey through the health and tech world of the USA, the UK and globally.

Organisations

The SALT Fund – Partner 

Hooke London by Health and Longevity Optimisation, London, UK – Chief Science Officer

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, California, USA – Senior Visiting Scientist, AI for Longevity Platform

Department of Twins Research, King’s College London – Research Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA – Cardiology Research Fellow

Betterhumans Non-Profit Ageing Science Clinical Research Centre, Florida, USA  – Scientific Advisor

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust –  Academic Foundation Doctor

Cognition X, London, UK – Health Committee Member & Global Leader

UCL Medical School, UK–  MBBS BSc Graduate

Royal Society of Medicine, UK – Digital Health Council Member

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA–  Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital of the New England Journal of Medicine clinico-pathological cases elective

Barts Heart Centre, UK – CMR Unit Research Scientist

Be The Change UCL, UK & UCLH/Alan Turing Partnership– Quality Improvement Society Founder & Project Lead

European Society of Cardiology & European Society of Preventive Cardiology- Young Investigator & Professional Member

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Scotland, UK – Member

 

Qualifications

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London, U. of London – MB, BS Medicine 2013-2019

Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, U. of London -iBSc First Class Honours in Medical Sciences with Physiology 2015-2016, modules in Cardiovascular Sciences. Research Project at the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute “Polymersomes functionalized with HSP70- Novel Cardioprotective Nanoparticles” presented at international conferences and published.

 

 

Academic Awards:

  • European Society of Cardiology – Professional member and Young Investigator Award Nominee for Preventative Cardiology 2020
  • 2nd Prize for overall performance in Year 2 The Cluff, Smith, Edgcumbe Lush, Culverwell and Sandes Prize
  • 2nd Prize for overall performance in Year 1 The Drummond Prize
  • The Meyerstein Scholarship-Best aggregate performance in pre-clinical medicine of the MBBS course
  • The Physiological Society Annual Prize for the best overall academic performance in Year 3 including both iBSc and BSc Physiology students
  • Certificate of Merit for the overall performance in Year 4 examinations
  • Certificate of Merit for the overall performance in Year 5 examinations
  • Certificate of Merit for the overall performance in Year 6 examinations
  • Graduated on the Dean’s List for exceptional academic performance
  • Best result in the SSC Year 1 Sexpression 2013
  • Best result in the SSC Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine 2014

 

Grants

  • King’s College London & Empatica AI – Co-Investigator for a Clinical Study Grant of £112 000 for the CEDiD Study, bioinformatics & wearable technology for healthcare workers
  • British Computer Society Health & Care Section Clinical Elective Prize in Digital Health – £1000
  • BMA Foundation for Medical Research Josephine Lansdell Cardiology Award – Dark Blood Late Gadolinium Enhancement as a Novel Quantitative Biomarker for Investigating Lamin Dilated Cardiomyopathy (2017-2020) – research grant submitted under the supervision of Professor James C Moon and Dr Gaby Captur- awarded £10,000
  • UCL ChangeMakers Grant (2016/7)- ‘Optimisation of Quality Improvement Teaching in Medical and Pharmacy Programmes’- Lead Applicant & Project Director- awarded £1200
  • UCL Medical School Academic Scholarships (2013-2017)- awarded £2700 in total for academic achievements
  • Royal Free- Isabel Pultney & Margaret Todd Scholarship for Women in Medicine (2014) – £500
  • CMR Travel Award by the American Society of CMR & European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging EACVI (2018)– awarded free conference registration and £300

LanguagesEnglish, Serbian/Croatian , Greek, Spanish

Information Technology Skills:Data analysis: Matlab, R; Graphic Design: Sketch design, Graphpad Prism Editor, Desktop EditingMicrosoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Cardiac Software Viewing/Reporting ToolsOsiriX, CVI42, ImageJ, WordPress Website Design, Adobe Photoshop

Professional Courses:, Training to Teach UCL – official postgraduate qualification course for teaching in a clinical environment; Quality Improvement BMJ- model for improvement methodology for quality improvement studies in healthcare; Code First Girls Advanced Python Programming

 

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