I am a trained Cardiovascular Physiologist and appointed as Associate Professor with teaching responsibilities at the Department of Physiology of the North-West University, with research activities 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 inflammation) 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. I also completed training in diagnostic adult echocardiography from the Medical University of Vienna (Austria) in 2013. Since 2012 I hosted the World Hypertension Day awareness campaign as participating member of the World Hypertension League (WHL) including various stakeholders such as Omron, Mediclinic, the South African National Blood Service (SABS) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. I have published numerous scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals on the topic of cardiovascular disease, particularly hypertension and supervised 16 honours, masters, doctoral students and interns. I was acknowledged for my contribution to science as the Young Investigator of the month (March 2013) awarded by the New Investigators Network of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). I am the recipient of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension New Investigator Bursary sponsored by the American Foundation for Hypertension Research and Education in 2011. I was also the prize winner for the best abstract in the ISH International Poster Forum in the Clinical Research category from the Africa region in both 2012 and 2014, and received the Silver Young Investigator Award at the 2016 ISH meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
I am the current Chair of the New Investigators Committee of the ISH and serve on the Executive Council of the ISH and the Board of Directors of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS). I am a working group member of the European Society of Cardiology in Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology, and serve as Council member for the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). I regularly review manuscripts for international journals including PLOS ONE and the American Journal of Hypertension. I am a professional member of the American Heart Association (AHA), European Society of Cardiology, the South African Hypertension Society, and an Emerging Leader of the ISH.