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Associate Professor | Director, DNA Zoo Australia, University of Western Australia

Dr Parwinder Kaur leads an innovative Translational Genomics research program that aims to translate fundamental science into ready-to-use solutions across the agricultural and medical sectors. Her DNA Lab team enables research to span the spectrum of scientific activities beyond the traditional ‘Lab-to-Landscape’ model. Her work is pioneering new molecular tools for 3D-genomics with DNA Zoo solving the long-standing genome assembly puzzle towards genomic empowerment for unique Australian-biodiversity.

She has made substantial contributions to the field of biotechnology and appointed as UWA “Be Inspired” for Agricultural & Environmental Biotechnology in 2019. Her studies tracking genomic variation to breed low methanogenic forages in Australia provided a new paradigm for reducing the environmental footprint of ruminants. She has been honored by the prestigious “Science and Innovation Award” for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2013. For DNA Zoo innovative work developments won the Microsoft's AI for Earth award for 2019-20. A budding entrepreneur in the fastest growing Biotechnology sector with the recent launch of first industry disruptor proof-of-concept pioneer model ExPlanta Pty. Ltd. She is an active mentor for gender equity, a Women in Technology WA Role Model, Superstars of STEM, Science & Technology Australia 2021-22 and GirlsXTech international ambassador working to close the gender gap in technology.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Western Australia

Education

  • 2011 
    The University of Western Australia, PhD (Plant Biology)

Honours

“Science and Innovation Award” for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2013