Ulrike Mende, MD, FAHA, graduated from Medical School in Germany and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and in the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. She launched her career as an independent basic scientist and a principal investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and was then recruited as co-founder of a new Cardiovascular Research Center by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School in 2005. Her research focused on cell signaling in cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts in healthy and diseased hearts and its contributions to the development of heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. Her work was funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, where she has served as grant reviewer for 20 years. Dr. Mende trained postdoctoral fellows at Harvard and at Brown as well as Brown graduate and undergraduate students. She served as a mentor and executive committee member on a Brown Cardiopulmonary T32 Research Training Program. Since 2008, she has been mentoring junior faculty and fostering their career development, in part as a faculty mentor and executive committee member in two Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE in Perinatal Biology and CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE). Her current responsibilities in the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute also include a mentoring role for junior clinical faculty with research interests, and she is part of the leadership team for the Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program for clinical and translational researchers from Brown and URI. Formal training in mentoring includes a C-Change Faculty Mentoring program at Brandeis University and training as a Facilitator for the Research Mentoring Training program developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). In November 2018, Dr. Mende was recognized as a "NRMN-Certified Facilitator" based on successful implementations of this evidence-based Mentoring Training program at Brown and at URI.