Carina Mels is an associate professor and manager of the research laboratory in the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). She obtained her Ph.D in Biochemistry in 2011 and holds an Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation.
She authored several articles in international peer reviewed journals on various aspects associated with hypertension. Her specific research focus is on the involvement of oxidative stress in the development of cardiovascular disease.
She acquired research funding from both the National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka programme and from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Self-Initiated Research (SIR) programme. Other recognition and awards she received included a Young Investigator Travel Award from the American Society of Hypertension (2013). She was selected by the New Investigators Network of the International Society of Hypertension as the Spotlight Feature of the Month (August 2014). She received the silver oral award at the 2nd biennial congress of the South African Hypertension Society and the South African Stroke Society (2016).