Elvira Forte

Elvira Forte, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Bar Harbor, ME

Employs mouse genetic models to study the role of stromal cells in cardiac development and in scar formation in response to ischemic injury

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Education and experience

Education and training

University of Rome “Sapienza”. Department of Molecular Medicine
PhD in Pasteurian Science
Experimental thesis: “Potential biological meaning and origin of cardiac progenitor cells isolated as Cardiospheres.”

University of Rome “Sapienza”. Department of Experimental Medicine.
Master degree cum laude in “Medical Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology”
Experimental thesis: “Origin of c-kit-positive cardiac stem cells: possible bone marrow contribution.”

University of Rome “Sapienza”. Department of Experimental Medicine
Bachelor degree cum laude in “Biotechnology”
Experimental thesis: “Cardiac stem cells isolation from mouse and human heart.”


Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney NSW Australia;
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Department, Prof. R.P.Harvey’s lab.
Post-doctoral fellowship funded by Stem Cells Australia.
May 2013 – November 2016
Project: Lineage tracing of adult cardiac CFU-F to understand their role in physiological (aging) and pathological conditions (pressure overload, MI, ischemia/reperfusion).

Burnham Institute for Medical Research. Neuroscience, Aging and Stem Cell Research
Centre, La Jolla, CA
Visiting PhD student c/o Mark Mercola`s lab
Date: December 2007 - December 2009.
Project: Analysis of the origin of Cardiosphere-forming cells and of the potential mechanisms involved in their generation, using transgenic mice for in vitro cell tracking. Set up of a protocol to analyse the in vivo effects of small molecules on cardiac progenitor cells labelled in transgenic mouse models.

University of Milan, “Bicocca”. Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences.
Visiting student c/o Angelo Vescovi`s lab
Program study in hypoxia and cardiac stem cell