Karla is a PhD student with the Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute and the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Karla graduated in medicine in 2008 at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. She completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Brazil and she is a fellow of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology. Karla holds an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award funded by the University of Sydney.
Her research interests are prevention of cardiovascular disease with a focus on secondary prevention of coronary disease and the use of mobile technologies for behavioural change and improvement in medication adherence. She is currently working on the TEXT ME and TEXTMEDS studies, two clinical trials investigating the use of text-messages to enhance healthy lifestyle and adherence to medications.