Dr. Judy Ford
Dr. Judy Ford
I have had an interesting journey in my field which I now think of as Human Biology. I graduated with first class honors in Biology (Genetics) in 1967 and a PhD in Genetics in 1971 from the University of Sydney in Australia. My career then took me through one year's post-doc in Developmental Biology then three years in postdoctoral work in human cytogenetics. After that, I was appointed to develop a genetics diagnostic laboratory at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, where I worked for 20 years. In 1995, I set up a private genetics company called Genetic Consulting & Testing Pty Ltd from which I transitioned in 2000 to work as a science writer and speaker and expert witness for 5 years.
In 2006 I had a career change and from 2006 to 2017, I worked as a lecturer at the University of South Australia training PhD students to develop the skills necessary to plan, analyse, and communicate their research projects. At the same time, I continued to undertake research and work as a genetics expert and speaker.
I have now retired but am enjoying putting everything I've learnt together. Between some days off relaxing, I now write books, blogs, make short videos and speak to live audiences. I am still co-supervising a PhD student, who is working on a project on Prostate Cancer.
During my somewhat disrupted careers I have published more than 85 scientific papers. There are very few since 2006 because of lack of opportunity. I have published several books, and e-books for general audiences. My newest book is entitled Why We Age – Solving the Puzzle of Aging.
My mission is to provide insight into major questions of aging, cancer, lifestyle and health that is based on rigorous but not always “popular” research and data. I write regularly in Medium and my blogs are also found on my Lifestyle Doctor page of my Facebook site. On this Facebook page (link below), you can see the latest videos I have posted on YouTube.
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