Dr Pritinder Kaur is a Group Leader/Lab Head at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. She has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor/Principal Fellow with the University of Melbourne through the Dept of Anatomy and Neuroscience, and the Sir Peter MacCallum Dept of Oncology. Her research interests focus on investigating skin regeneration, specifically the interactions of keratinocyte stem cells and progenitors with the mesenchymal microenvironment. More recently, Dr Kaur’s laboratory has discovered a novel function for pericytes – MSC-like cells known to regulate angiogenesis - in promoting both skin reconstitution and in promoting ovarian tumour growth and metastatic spread quite independently of angiogenesis.
Dr Kaur received her BSc Hons in Cell Biology from the University of London, UK and her PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Postdoctoral training was undertaken at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA in the field of viral carcinogenesis and epithelial cell adhesion. She was appointed as a Florey Fellow at the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research in Adelaide in 1990 and moved to Melbourne in 1999. She serves on the Editorial Board of “Stem Cells” and “Experimental Dermatology”. She is a member of the Research Committee of the Australian College of Dermatologists, and has been a Board Member of the Australasian Society of Dermatological Research since 2004. She is currently the President of ASDR until May 2014.