Nadira D. Karunaweera

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nadira Darshani Karunaweera serves as Professor, Chair, and Head of Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Professor Karunaweera is a medical graduate who obtained the M.B. and B.S. degrees from the University of Colombo in year 1986. She started research in the field of malaria in 1989 when she joined University of Colombo as a Lecturer. The title of her Ph.D. thesis was "Clinical disease and immunity in Plasmodium vivax malaria." Following the completion of the Ph.D. degree in 1993, she was awarded 2 fellowships, one from the World Health Organization and the other from the European Economic Commission for postdoctoral training at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (1993–1995) to continue studies in the field of malaria with a Senior Researcher, Professor Richard Carter. Professor Karunaweera was a Senior Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, USA, in 2005-2006 during that time she studied genetic diversity of P. vivax parasites in the laboratory of Professor Dyann Wirth at the Institute of Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, Harvard University where she continues to hold the position of Visiting Scientist. She also has carried out pioneering work in the field of leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka and is the recipient of many national and international awards, given for her achievements in the field of science.

Biography Updated on 14 August 2012

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