BSc. (Hon) (cum laude) (UKZN);
MSc. (Genetics) (UKZN)
Pavarni Jorgensen (Naidoo) joined the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) in 2003 where she was instrumental in the establishment of the DNA and PCR laboratories at the then Institute of Animal Production and has been working as a researcher since 2006. She completed her B. Sc. and B. Sc. (Hons) (cum laude), and her M.Sc. (Genetics) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). Her achievements as a student include receiving various merit scholarships, the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal Special Honours Award, and the Van Schaik Medal from the South African Genetics Society for the most outstanding Genetics Honours Student in 2002.
In 2014, she was nominated to participate in the Agricultural Professionals Fellowship Programme (organised by academics at Cornell University). Her MSc. dissertation “Characterisation of the divergence of the Elsenburg Merino resource flock” included a study of the inbreeding of the flock, an analysis of heterosis and an update of genetic trends for reproduction for the divergently selected H and L lines. She has also collaborated on a project evaluating growth conditions in South African oyster production. Pavarni is currently involved in technology transfer at the department, using her background as a scientist to develop information packages from the research outputs of the RTDS team for agricultural clients.