Dr Heidi Mitchell
Heidi Mitchell is the Director of the Plant Evaluation Section at the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR). The section conducts human health and environmental risks assessments for dealings involving the intentional release of genetically modified plants into the Australian environment.
Heidi joined the OGTR in 2006 as an evaluator, preparing risk assessments for a range of crop trials including cotton, white clover, sugarcane, ryegrass and tall fescue. She has also worked in the Regulatory Practice section of the OGTR at the interface between scientific risk assessment and operational regulatory policy. Heidi has been involved in work around the scope of the gene technology legislation. She has represented Australia at OECD and CBD SBSTTA meetings and presented talks domestic and international conferences on regulation of GMOs in Australia.Heidi has a PhD in plant biochemistry and post-graduate research in plant-fungal interactions and on using bacteria other than Agrobacterium for plant transformation. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature.