Luca Mendler was born in Baja, Hungary. She studied medicine at the University of Szeged, Hungary and obtained her diploma in 1997. During her PhD she analyzed the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle regeneration at the University of Szeged as well as the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. After completing her PhD thesis in 2000, she kept on working on the molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal and cardiac muscle growth in the Institute of Biochemistry, Szeged (2000-2004). As an assistant professor she was teaching biochemistry for Hungarian, English and German medical students for several years as well (2004-2014). In 2008-2009 she received a scholarship of the Max Planck Society for deciphering the cell-autonomous role of the growth regulator myostatin in the heart in the Max-Planck-Insitute for Heart- and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany. In 2014 she joined to the Institute of Biochemistry II at the Goethe University, Frankfurt and has been involved in various teaching activities for medical students. She also started to work in the group of Stefan Müller analyzing the role of SUMO modification in the heart, more specifically, the possible function&redox regulation of SUMOylation during cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury.