Dr. Claudia Goettsch is a Group leader at the Department of Internal Medicine I (Cardiology) at RWTH Aachen University. She received her diploma in nutritional science from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. In 2007, she obtained a PhD degree in Metabolism and Endothelium and Nutritional Chemistry from the Technical University Dresden, Germany. After holding a postdoc position at the Medical Faculty Dresden, Germany for 3 years, she accepted a senior research fellow position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, where she continued her research on cardiovascular calcification from 2011 to 2016. Dr. Goettsch has a strong background in the understanding of the biology of vascular diseases; particularly the underlying mechanisms of atherosclerosis and vascular calcification. Her scientific interests and expertise revolve around the bone-vascular-inflammation axis. Dr. Goettsch has contributed greatly to the understanding of the contribution of miRNA, oxidative stress and extracellular vesicles to the formation of vascular calcification. Dr. Goettsch has published fifty journal articles and told one patent. She received several awards (e.g. Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in 2009, Young Investigator Award of the German Bone Society in 2011, W.H. Hauss Award in 2017). Dr. Goettsch sought to accelerate basic science into clinical application and thereby improve the care for patients with cardiovascular calcification, which is a common disorder that contributes to several challenging clinical conditions.