Zhanat A. CARR - MD, Ph.D.

Dr. Carr a Scientist at the Radiation Health Program in the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva Switzerland since 2002. She has her MSc degree in Radiation Biology from St. Bartholomew's College, Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry University of London, UK. Her MD degree was awarded by the State Medical Institute in Semipalatinsk, Republic of Kazakhstan and her PhD in Radiation Oncology from Medical Radiology Research Center in Obninsk, Russia. 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).

Radiation Health Program, Interventions for Healthy Environments Unit
Health Security and Environment Cluster World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia , CH-1211 Geneva-27


01/2000 – 06/2002 NIH postdoctoral fellowship on Radiation Epidemiology / Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.

10/1998 – 09/1999 M.Sc. degree in Radiation Biology / St. Bartholomew's College, Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, U.K.

09/1991 – 01/1994 Ph.D. in Radiation Oncology / Medical Radiology Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Obninsk, Russia.

09/1983 – 06/1989 – M.D. degree / State Medical Institute, Semipalatinsk, Republic of Kazakhstan, USSR. Specialization – Radiation Oncology.

Areas of expertise

  • Public health preparedness and response to radionuclear (RN) emergencies
  • Radiation emergency medicine, medical countermeasures against RN emergencies
  • Radiation epidemiology studies of long-term health effects of the exposure to ionizing radiation as a result of RN accidents, radioactive fallout, indoor radon, occupational exposures, elevated natural background radiation, radioactive waste and man-made sources, medical uses of radiation
  • Radiation protection of public against exposure to ionizing radiation
  • International health and policy on radiation health for building capacity and sustainable development in lesser developed countries
  • Radiobiology, biomarkers of radiation exposure, and molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced cancerogenesis and genetic susceptibility for cancer
  • Radiation oncology and radiology

Professional services:

1. Reviewer for the WHO Bulletin Journal since, 2002.
2. Reviewer for the Health Physics Journal since 2009
3. Inter-agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE) – WHO focal point
4. UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl - WHO focal point
5. International Commission for Radiological Protection - WHO representative since 2004, C-4/Task Group on Rehabilitation after Radiation Accidents – a corresponding member.
6. Global Health Security Advisory Group (GHSAG) Working Group on Public Health Response to Radio-Nuclear Threats - a WHO representative since 2006.
7. Peer-review program for the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), National Academy of Sciences - a reviewer.