The Host Lab
The Cardiovascular Research Unit of the Department of Population Health of LIH is a translational biomedical research group headed by Dr Yvan Devaux and conducting research on all aspects of transcriptomics in cardiovascular and neurological diseases ( ).
The group aims to apply its expertise on RNA biomarkers to fight against COVID-19.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by infection with SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has reached pandemic proportions.
Death rates are accentuated by cardiovascular comorbidities and arrhythmias leading to unexpected major cardiovascular events.
Being able to identify COVID-19 patients at risk of developing cardiovascular events leading to death would allow improving surveillance and care.
The COVIRNA project is a patient-centered Innovation Action aiming to deploy a prognostic system based on cardiovascular biomarkers of COVID-19 clinical outcomes combined with digital tools and artificial intelligence analytics.
Complementary expertise of 15 EU partners from the healthcare sector, academia, association and industry will allow conducting a large retrospective study on existing cohorts of COVID-19 patients.
The project aims to quickly deliver a minimally-invasive, simple, robust and affordable prognosis tool that can be used in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis as well as in further major health issues.
By tackling the cardiovascular complications in COVID-19, known to contribute significantly to mortality, the project outputs are expected to have a major impact on the pandemic outcomes.
The successful candidate will be embedded in a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Department of Population Health composed of more than 90 staff members.
The Cardiovascular Research Unit currently consists of two research engineers, one technician, one administrative assistant, one project manager, two PhD students and one postdoctoral fellow.
The position will be accompanied by training and mentoring opportunities to get prepared for the next career step in becoming an independent researcher.