Dr. Carr received her MD degree at the State Medical Institute in Semipalatinsk, Republic of Kazakhstan (1989); PhD degree in Radiation Oncology from Medical Radiology Research Center in Obninsk, Russia (1993) and MSc degree in Radiation Biology from St. Bartholomew's College, Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry University of London, UK (1999). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Radiation Epidemiology in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2000-2002, prior to her joining WHO’s Radiation Health Program in July 2002.
At the WHO, she is a focal point for the Organization’s work related to radiation emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Dr Carr represents WHO at the Inter-Agency Committee for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE), IAEA’s EPR Safety Standards Committee (EPReSC), Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD) Committee for Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) and its Working Party for Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM), ICRP Committee-1, HERCA WGE, and other international partners.
Dr. Carr coordinates two global expert networks – REMPAN and BioDoseNet – where her work is related to capacity building, development of technical guidelines, strengthening preparedness through training and exercise, risk communication and advocacy, and international cooperation.
Her expertise includes public health and medical preparedness and response to radiation emergencies, radiopathology, radiation biology, radiation epidemiology; radiation protection; risk communication and psychosocial aspects of emergency response; international cooperation and health policy development as pertains to radiation health; capacity building; project management and program evaluation.
She speaks four languages (English, French, Russian and Kazakh) and is the author /co-author more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.