Carina obtained her B.Sc. at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela and later on worked alongside the Venezuelan Cancer Society on education and awareness initiatives for a year. In 2015, Carina was awarded a scholarship by the Galilean School of Higher Education (SGSS) to work at Padova University in Italy, where she graduated in 2017 with a M.Sc. in Medical Biotechnology. Her research was based on the expansion and enhancement of the cytotoxic activity of CIK cells and was conducted at the Veneto Oncologic Institute (IOV).
Carina's research at Rahul Roychoudhuri’s laboratory, supported by an Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme, aims to apply CRISPR/Cas9-based mutagenesis to understand mechanisms of T cell tolerance.