Dr Harsh Garg

Dr Harsh Garg joined us as Project Officer for Diagnostic and Surveillance Protocols.

Harsh is an experienced Plant Pathologist and joins PHA from her previous role as the Senior Biosecurity Officer the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In this role, Harsh undertook tasks such as goods inspections on imported seed and plants to manage biosecurity risks, processing documentations, analysing diagnostic reports and stakeholder engagement. Harsh has a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Western Australia with the thesis topic of ‘Morphological, anatomical and biochemical changes associated with the infection processes of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in a resistant cultivar of Brassica napus’ where she designed an improved method for evaluating crop resistance against a plant pathogen. Harsh has a wealth of technical knowledge and experience in molecular biology, plant pathology, microscopy, statistics, stakeholder engagement and project management.

As the Project Officer for Diagnostic and Surveillance Protocols, Harsh will have primary responsibility for coordinating the development and review of national diagnostic and surveillance protocols on behalf of the Subcommittee for Plant Health Diagnostics and the Subcommittee for National Plant Health Surveillance and working closely with the Subcommittees two working groups. Harsh will also support Maggie, as our Networks Coordinator, to drive activities for the two networks (NPBDN and PSNAP).