Carmel holds a BSc(Hons) in Biology and a DPhil in microbiology from the University of York, UK. She spent 5 years at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, before moving to Sydney. After spending several years as a molecular-cell biologist in cardiovascular research at the Heart Research Institute and then at the Centre for Vascular Research, UNSW, Carmel moved to a Senior Project Officer role at the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN), UNSW, and began working with the Health Science Alliance (HSA) Biobank. She has also completed a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH, With Excellence) at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM), UNSW.
Carmel has now worked in biobanking for 8 years, managing the engagement of clinicians, consent of participants and biospecimen requests from researchers. Carmel has provided support throughout the recent restructure of the HSA Biobank to become the Health Precincts Biobank, as part of UNSW Biospecimens Services; management of ethics and governance aspects of the Health Precincts Biobank are another key part of her role.