Dr. Parwinder Kaur is an award-winning scientist, passionate leader, inspirational pioneer and positive role model with over 15 years of experience initiating and delivering biotechnology research results. Her main experience is in leading applied interdisciplinary research in biotechnology for innovation, research application, both as an academic and as an entrepreneur.
Parwinder is recognized as a leader in genome sequencing, translational genomics, and capacity building in international agricultural and environmental biotechnology. She has made a pioneering contribution by integrating advanced findings in 3D genomics with DNA Zoo to provide genomic empowerment to Australia’s unique biodiversity, facilitating conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species. Among the various contributions noted, she was instrumental in the establishment of DNA Zoo Australia, supported by the global DNA Zoo consortium with over 110 collaborating partners. She led the rapid public genome release of over 30 iconic Australian species, including the koala, quokka, Australian black swan and many other critically endangered species, such as Gilbert’s potoroo and the Australian opossum. Leadbeater. The genomic resources developed by his colleagues and collaborators at DNA Zoo are used in several conservation programs worldwide. She provided strategic leadership, as Director, to DNA Zoo Australia, which facilitated and contributed to the release of over 275 chromosome length genome assemblies and the production of over 34 trillion freely available sequenced bases. access for research and conservation purposes through the Global DNA Zoo Consortium.
Additionally, Parwinder is internationally recognized for her studies on tracking genomic variation to rear low-methanogenic foragers in Australia, which have provided a new paradigm for reducing the environmental footprint of ruminants. Parwinder is involved in many cutting-edge collaborative projects using high-throughput sequencing to investigate the biological mysteries of the evolution of life on earth. Through multiple landmark studies (eg, Science, PNAS and more), his published research has provided new insights into the biological mysteries of the spatial structure and architecture of the genome.
Parwinder, a highly prolific author, has published over 50 papers and led several major initiatives in the field of agricultural and environmental biotechnology to improve Australia’s research capacity and the translation of research for the benefit of the scientific community and at large. She founded ExPlanta Pty Ltd, a spin-off company merging technology and science to develop bioengineering solutions, natural compounds for human and animal health products. Parwinder’s work is a demonstration of the innovation and global impact that can be achieved through research partnerships between universities, industry, community, NGOs and government.
Parwinder has received several awards, including the prestigious “Science and Innovation Award” from the Australian Academy of Sciences (2013), Microsoft’s AI for Earth Award (2019) and Superstars of STEM (2021) and held up as a role model for the medical sciences module on Techtrails by WiTWA (2020) and international ambassador for GirlsXTech.
His guiding mantra is: “Never be afraid to succeed, afraid to learn and explore new dimensions in life. Everything is simple if you break it down.