Dr. Judy Carman has a Bachelor of Science, an Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Medicine in the field of nutritional biochemistry and metabolic regulation, and a Master of Public Health specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics.
She has worked in the fields of human nutrition and nutritional biochemistry (including at the CSIRO) and disease investigation and control. She has held senior population health positions in Australia, including as the Senior Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Control Branch of the South Australian Department of Human Services, investigating outbreaks of disease in the State. In that role, she conducted a government-funded, multi-State investigation into whether Rabbit Calicivirus (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease of Rabbits) could infect people after it had escaped from quarantine to spread through Australia.
She has taught chemistry, biochemistry, epidemiology, research methods and statistics over many years at various tertiary institutions, including at an agricultural college and Adelaide and Flinders Universities. She has held senior academic positions in the latter two. She is the Director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research, based in South Australia.
Dr. Carman is a world expert on the risk assessments of genetically modified crops and has conducted research in the area for over a decade. She has conducted and published one of the first long-term safety assessments of GM crops by independent scientists by feeding GM crops to animals for many months and then looking for outcomes that are relevant to human health. She serves on the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety of the United Nations.