Brenda Gerull

Inherited Titinopathies


Brenda Gerull, MD 


Dr. Gerull has held a joined appointment as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Cardiac Sciences and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary, Canada, since July 2009. She completed her doctoral thesis in 1999 followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin about genetic causes of heart muscle disorders. At that time she published twice in Nature Genetics about two important novel genes for inherited cardiomyopathies: titin and plakophilin-2. She completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Charite in Berlin, Germany in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Her main clinical and research interests are in genetics of cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias. Dr. Gerull is focusing on a translational research concept and built a Genetic Heart Disorder Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary serving for half of the Canadian province. Her lab is focusing on gene identification by NGS and mechanisms of cardiomyopathies in mice and man. She published several manuscripts about those topics and received major grant funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) and other grant agencies. She is a committed teacher and enjoys her role as a reviewer for diverse cardiovascular and genetics journal as well as participant in grant panels (CIHR and AIHS).