Julie De Backer is a cardiologist and clinical geneticist with a clinical and research interest in Heritable Thoracic Aortic Diseases (HTAD) and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) working at the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. She focuses on deep cardiovascular phenotyping in Marfan syndrome and related disorders and the relation to the genotype. Using genetically engineered animal models she and her team aim to identify new targets for better treatment and management. She is also involved in several multidisciplinary clinics for patients with HTAD and ACHD and in the development of adequate transition programs for these patients. She is an active member of several consortia and international societies in the field, including the European Reference Network for Rare Multisystemic Vasculair Disease and the Montalcino Aortic Consortium.