Dr. (Ms.) Parveen Chhuneja

Born in Faridkot, Punjab on 25th March, 1966. Educated at KN Jain Girls Higher Secondary School, Faridkot, 1971-1981; Government Brijindra College, Faridkot, Punjab, 1981-1985; Punjabi University, Patiala, 1985-1988; Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 1988-1992; B.Sc. 1985; M.Sc. 1987; Ph.D. 1992.

Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, 2016 to date.

Research Fellow/Associate 1992-1996; Assistant Scientist, 1996-1999, Department of Soils, PAU, Ludhiana; Assistant Cytogeneticist, 1999-2003, Assistant Geneticist, 2003-2005, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, PAU, Ludhiana; Molecular Geneticist, 2005-2011, Senior/Principal Molecular Geneticist 2011-2016, Director, 2016 to date, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, PAU, Ludhiana.

Awards/Honours: DST Young Scientist Award, 1996; Award of Plaque for Outstanding Research and Teaching Contributions 2014; Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Distinguished Professor Award 2016-19 by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Panjabrao Deshmukh Award for Outstanding Women Scientists, 2018 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; Gene Stewardship Team Award by Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2018; Dr S. Rajaram Outstanding Woman Scientist Award, 2021 by Society for Advancement of Wheat and Barley Research; Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Mentor award 2022 by Borlaug Global Rust Initiative; Associate Editor, BMC Genomics, 2018-2022; Member, International Organising Committee, International Wheat Congress 2019 to date.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India 2022; Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding 2020.

Research Areas: Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Cytogenetics

Address: Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141004, Punjab; 6/12, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141004, Punjab; [Tel: Off. (0161) 2401444; Res. (0161) 2920953; Cell: 09888885557; Email: pchhuneja@pau.edu]