Dr. Lakshmi Gaur came to the United States on an Indo-American exchange program, completed her doctoral degree in Human Genetics, and proceeded to work in molecular biology over the last three decades. She is currently the Laboratory Director at Ascendant Laboratories.
Dr. Gaur has been an active member in the community for more than two decades and has served in various capacities as a volunteer, committee member, and board officer with the India Association of Western Washington since 1994, including serving as President, Vice President, Secretary, and director of the youth program. Previously, she collaborated with the University of Washington’s South Asia Studies department around the visit of the late APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India to Washington State. She has also promoted Indian cultural heritage through programs at the Northwest Folklife Festival and Asia Pacific Cultural Center.
Dr. Gaur resides in Redmond, Washington and is a single parent of two boys who both graduated from the University of Washington and are currently working at Amazon.