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Dr Parveen Sangwan


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Dr Parveen Sangwan is a senior research scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing, Clayton (VIC). After completing a PhD in Microbiology from Melbourne University, she joined CSIRO as a post-doc fellow (2006 - 2009). During this term, Parveen conceived and developed research program to understand interactions between materials and biological agents under natural environments, contributed to development of biopolymers, and set up Australia's first NATA accredited laboratory for polymer testing to Australian standard AS4736. Parveen acts as a trusted advisor to government and industry in this field.
Since 2014, Parveen's research focus has been on process development and upscale production of biologics such as recombinant proteins, enzymes, antifungals, lipids and other biomolecules for applications in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food industries. Parveen has led several projects for SMEs and multinationals over the years and delivered high value impacts for clients. She has won various awards for her outstanding academic and professional achievements over the years.
Parveen is currently leading Biologics Production Team, which is highly skilled and experienced in upscale production of biologics (proteins, mAbs, viruses, VLPs, and fusion-proteins etc) in range of mammalian and insect cell lines, mainly used for drugs and vaccine development, small molecule drug discovery, biosensors and biomedical devices.

Other Interests

Parveen's main research interests include discovery of novel microorganisms, enzymes, natural antimicrobial/antibiotics, biomimicry and development of novel fermentation processes using waste/under-utilised resource (circular-economy)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2006

    Doctorate of Philosophy (Microbiology)
    The University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2006-2008

    Post-doctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Manufacturing

  • 2009-2012

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Manufacturing

  • 2013-till date

    Senior Research scientist
    CSIRO Manufacturing

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    CSIRO Collaboration medal: COVID-19 Vaccine Development Team

  • 2020-2020

    Non-cash reward: Supporting the Manufacturing COVID response

  • 2020-2020

    Non-cash reward: Project milestone delivery under tight timeframes and within COVID-work restrictions

  • 2019-2019

    Superior Performance Rating

  • 2018-2018

    CSIRO A&F Director's award for Breakthrough Innovation
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 2017-2017

    AIM FSP Above & Beyond Award

  • 2017-2017

    AIM FSP Collaboration Award

  • 2014-2014

    Non-cash award: Stakeholder management and client engagement services
    CSIRO Manufacturing

  • 2014-2014

    Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship
    Australian government

  • 2013-2013

    Non-cash reward: High level of science leadership and fostering collaborations
    CSIRO Manufacturing

  • 2012-2013

    CMSE Divisional award for "Collaboration for Impact"
    CSIRO Manufacturing

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2021

    First aid Officer

  • 2006-2014

    Biological Safety Officer

  • 2008-2015

    Fire Warden Clayton East Wing