Parwinder Grewal

Dr. Parwinder Grewal started his new position as head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in May 2013.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently welcomed Dr. Parwinder Grewal as the new head of its Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. He will lead the research, teaching and outreach programs of some 62 faculty and staff members and graduate students statewide. Grewal had previously been on the faculty of The Ohio State University for 16 years.
At The Ohio State University Grewal founded and directed the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Research Internship Program, the Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development and the interdisciplinary OARDC urban landscape ecology program. Grewal was also noted for his pivotal role in revising the entomology curriculum in the face of transitioning to semesters and college reorganization.
Grewal’s scientific research is widely recognized, and he has been extraordinarily successful in garnering research funds. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants exceeding $15 million.  He is also author or co-author of more than 200 papers and book chapters, including 16 publications co-authored by undergraduate or high school students participating in independent research under his direction.

Grewal received his Ph.D. from the University of London (UK) and his post-doctoral training at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His expertise is in biological control, soil ecology and urban ecology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Nematologists and previously served as that organization’s president, and has numerous other honors and achievements including The Ohio State University’s Distinguished Scholar, OARDC Innovator of the Year, OARDC Distinguished Senior Faculty Award, OARDC Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award of the Entomological Society of America and the Syngenta Crop Protection Award.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
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