Professor Blanchard joined CSU in 1998 as Lecturer in Food Science in the School of Wine and Food Science. He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in Food Science and moved to the School of Biomedical Sciences in 2008.
Professor Blanchard completed a BAppSc degree at Charles Sturt University (CSU) before undertaking a PhD in molecular biology with CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, studying the genome of plant viruses and investigating ways to genetically engineer virus resistant plants.
On completion of his postgraduate studies Professor Blanchard worked as a molecular biologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland before taking up a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the CSIRO Grain Quality Research Laboratory.
Professor Blanchard has served on the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Cereal Chemistry Division committee since 1999 and chaired the committee for 2 years (2005-2007). In 2006 he was admitted as a Member Chartered Chemistrh of the royal Australian Chemical Institute. In 2009 he Chaired the Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference. In 2008 Professor Blanchard was appointed as a member of the Grains Research and Development Southern Regional Panel.