Carol obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney in 1971, and after a 5 year Post-Doctoral period in Microbiology she built a research and teaching career in the Medical Sciences. She has always been interested in the applied aspects of her scientific research, interspersing periods in Academia with some in Industry, including a small Australian start-up company in Diagnostics. In 1992, through a chance meeting with Brien Holden, she began to focus her attention on the biology of the anterior eye, and contact lenses. Carol has worked in R & D for two contact lens companies in the US, Cibavision (6 years) and more recently CooperVision (7 years), where she has contributed to areas of contact lens comfort, biocompatibility of materials and additives and the minimization of adverse events. She is best known for her scientific contributions on the composition of tears; in health, in various physiological states and in disease. During her career Carol has published over 40 research papers, two book chapters, successfully supervised 18 post-graduate students, given a number of invited presentations at Research Symposia, and is a named inventor on several issued patents and patent applications. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Nutrition Research, and a frequent reviewer for IOVS, Eye and Contact Lens and Optometry and Vision Science.