I am a trained Physiologist and appointed as Associated Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences with lecturing duties in the School of Physiology of the North-West University, along with research duties within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART).
I obtained my PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology (focusing on biomarkers in disease development including cardiac overload, atherosclerosis, vascular calcification and arterial stiffness) in 2012 at the North-West University (Potchefstroom campus), and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark from 2013 to 2014, supervised by Prof MH Olsen. I was also trained in basic diagnostic adult echocardiography at the Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria in 2012. I am an Y2-rated researcher by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, published 30+ scientific papers all in international peer reviewed journals on the topic of cardiovascular disease and supervised 18+ postgraduate students. I was acknowledged for my contribution to science as the Spotlight of the month (March 2013) as determined by the New Investigator Committee of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). I was also the prize winner of the best abstract in the ISH International Poster Forum in the Clinical Research category from the Africa region in both 2012 and 2014, along with the Silver award for an oral presentation in the Young Investigator session of the 2016 ISH Scientific Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. I am the Principle Investigator of two research projects; the Arterial Stiffness in Offspring Study (ASOS) and the Exercise, Arterial Modulation and Nutrition in Youth South Africa (ExAMIN Youth SA) study.
I am the current Chair of the New Investigator Committee of the ISH and also serve on the Executive Council of the ISH. I am also a Council Member of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) and serve on the Board of Directors of Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS). I am a working group member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology, a member of the ESC Council on Hypertension and member of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the ESC. I am also a member of the South African Heart Association and an Emerging Leader of the ISH. I regularly review manuscripts for international journals including PLOS ONE, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research, and Cardiovascular Diabetology.