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Mimi Padmabandu


Mimi Padmabandu


Mimi Padmabandu is a scientific writer and Senior Content Strategist at Embark Veterinary. Her career includes a decade of experience writing about science and genomics for leading biotechnology companies, including Illumina and Thermo Fisher Scientific, between 2012 and 2020. Her published work covers technical topics in genomics, such as next-generation sequencing. She has also covered large genomics conferences, including the Plant and Animal Genome Conference and the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.

She worked with genetic counselors and scientists to create scientific posters at Progenity (now Biora Therapeutics) from 2020 to 2021, where she also wrote about the company’s innovation in preeclampsia testing, gastrointestinal health, and oral biotherapeutics.

At Embark Veterinary, Mimi covers the company's ongoing research. She has written about the technology behind dog DNA testing, genetics, Embark's published discoveries, and more.

Mimi earned a master's degree in Early Modern English Literature from King's College London. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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A fluffy golden dog stands in profile view looking to the left. Looking at a dog from the top and from the side can help you measure their body condition score.
Preventive Care

All About Body Condition Score in Dogs


Wondering if your dog may be under- or overweight? Every dog’s ideal weight is different. A body condition score is a tool that you can use in between vet visits to monitor your dog’s weight and help them stay in a healthy range. What is a body condition score in dogs? A body condition score...

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Border Collies Rave and Wasabi with mixed-breed dog Bishop standing outside in grass.
Customer Stories

How Restoring Rave’s Gut Health Helped Her Love Mealtime


Most dogs love their food. So when puppy Rave refused to eat, Liz Burke was worried. Liz has three dogs: Rave, a three-year-old Border Collie; Wasabi, a two-year-old Border Collie; and Bishop, a nine-year-old mixed-breed dog. Liz’s family includes three domestic shorthair cats: Cyril Figgis, Archer, and Owen. After years of trying new diets—none of...

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Dog Decoded

Decoding Max from How the Grinch Stole Christmas


This holiday season, we’re decoding Max, the beloved fictional dog from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Max joins Clifford and Scooby-Doo in our Embark Decoded series. If we ran an Embark dog DNA test on Max, what would we find? What type of dog is Max from The Grinch? Max is a true mystery mutt—no...

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An adult Doberman Pinscher dog looks to the left in this photo. Of the 11 breeds in this study, the Doberman Pinscher genome had the highest mean autosomal level of inbreeding.
Published Research

Patterns of Inbreeding and Overlap with Recessive Disease Genotypes in Dogs


In 2019, Embark scientists Adam Boyko, PhD and Aaron Sams, PhD published a study in the scientific journal G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics investigating the genetic effects of inbreeding in domestic dogs. They found that runs of homozygosity (especially longer ones) are associated with higher levels of known recessive disease alleles. Genetic hallmarks of inbreeding “Inbreeding is the...

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Choosing a Dog DNA Test

Embark vs Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Tests


When comparing dog DNA tests, we know the choice can be overwhelming. Here, we explore some of the differences between Embark vs Wisdom Panel dog DNA tests, and explain why Embark is the best choice for your dog. Jump to: Why Embark? | For dog owners | For breeders |  For veterinarians   Embark vs...

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Customer Stories

How Dog DNA Testing Helps Willie Nelson Prevent Kidney Stones


When Julana and her husband adopted Willie Nelson, they suspected he was 100% German Shepherd Dog, due to his black and tan coat pattern. But as he got older, they noticed that his size was smaller than they expected for a German Shepherd. They decided to use an Embark dog DNA test to find out...

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Breed Surprise

Top 10 Most Common Breeds in Embark-Tested Dogs


Can you guess the top 10 most common breeds in mixed-breed dogs? If you’ve tested your dog with Embark, you may know that breed ancestry doesn’t always dictate appearance, leading to some surprises. We often receive questions from customers about the breeds in their dog’s genetic ancestry—especially the unexpected ones.  We analyzed genetic data from...

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Published Research

Complex Disease and Phenotype Mapping in Dogs


Dogs aren’t only humankind’s best friend; they’re also a valuable model species for medical genetics research.  Led by Adam Boyko, PhD, Chief Science Officer at Embark, a team of researchers from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, China Agricultural University, and La Sierra University conducted a genetic study of over 4,200 dogs....

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A litter of five Golden Retriever puppies sitting on a bench.
Published Research

Inbreeding Depression and Reduced Fecundity in Golden Retrievers


Known for their sunny coat and disposition, Golden Retrievers are widely recognized as one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Unfortunately, Golden Retrievers are also overrepresented for certain diseases, with more documented mortalities due to cancer than nearly any other breed (Kent et al. 2018; Dobson 2013).  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study by...

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A veterinarian examines a senior dog's teeth at a vet clinic.

10 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian About Senior Dog Care


We know it’s never easy to think about your dog getting older. You might have received Embark Age Test results for your dog that were older than you expected. Perhaps you recently adopted an older dog, and you might be wondering what type of senior dog care is appropriate for them.  Whatever the case may be,...

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Black and brown short-coated dogs on brown sand next to water.
Published Research

Dogs May Have Originated in Central Asia


Though it is well accepted that dogs were the first domesticated animals, the question of where dogs came from is still a heated debate among scientists.  Over the past decade, various studies pointed to Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia as the likely origin for dogs, depending on what samples the researchers had and...

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The Science Behind the Embark Dog Age Test


As of October 4, 2022, the Embark Dog Age Test is available to order. The Age Test uses a dog’s DNA to measure their calendar age. Specifically, it uses a type of DNA marker called methylation. Here, we explore the science behind the Age Test and explain how DNA methylation can be used to calculate...

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