Achini Vidanapathirana

Dr Achini Vidanapathirana

Post Doctoral - Researcher

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Doctoral Research: Influence of Carbon Nanomaterial Exposure on Pro-constrictor Mechanisms during Pregnancy

Post-doctoral Research: Cardiovascular applications of nanoscales biophotonics and chemical sensors.

As a researcher of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics and SAHMRI,  Dr. Vidanapathirana's  current research focus biological and biomedical applications of light based novel technologies in early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Three research projects are available for Honours or HDR (with Dr. Christina Bursill).

1.         Biological sensing of cellular changes in atherosclerosis using novel nanoscale sensors. Our local and international collaborations  provide access to novel nanoscale sensors with different imaging capabilities. This project broadly involves molecular and nanoscale fluorescent sensors, which will be tested first in in vitro and in vivo  models, prior to future human/clinical applications in cardiovascular disease.

2.         Novel platforms for wound healing and angiogenesis. This project incorporates bio-compatibility assessments and identifying properties of  novel scaffolds and senor platforms to support wound healing.

3.         Understanding the role of asialoglycoprotein receptor 1 (ASGR1) in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Internal Grant Funded Researcher University of Adelaide
    2016 Post Doctoral Researcher SAHMRI
    2014 - 2015 ARC Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Research Assistant SAHMRI
    2010 - 2013 Graduate Assistant East Carolina University
    2009 - 2013 Lecturer University of Colombo
    2009 - 2009 Medical Officer National Blood Transfusion Service
    2008 - 2009 House Officer- General Medicine National Hospital of Sri Lanka
    2006 - 2007 Research Assistant Sri Lanka Medical Association
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Nomination Oral presentation - Finalist, Early Career Researcher category Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and Australian Vascular Biology Society Australia
    2013 Fellowship Mid Atlantic Pre-doctoral Fellowship American Heart Association United States US$ 25000/year for two years
    2013 Award Graduate Student Travel Award Society of Toxicology (SOT) United States US$ 1000
    2013 Recognition Brody Graduate Association Student Highlight Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, NC United States
    2012 Award The Young Scientist Award South Asian Association of Physiologists Sri Lanka SLR 15000
    2012 Award DMT Travel Award, Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section Society of Toxicology United States US$ 1000
    2010 Scholarship Graduate Assistantship Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University United States
    2006 Award Prof. T. Visvanathan Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the final MBBS Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Sri Lanka
    2006 Award Dr. A.D. Wijesena Memorial Gold Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the final MBBS Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Sri Lanka
    2001 Scholarship ‘Mahapola Higher Education (Merit) Scholarship Mahapola’ Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund Sri Lanka
    1999 Award Susan George Pulimood Memorial Award Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo (High School) Sri Lanka
    1999 Award Mahagama Sekara Memorial Gold Medal Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo (High School) Sri Lanka
    1999 Achievement All Island Master-Mind Championship (individual) Sirasa Sri Lanka SLR 5000
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2013 East Carolina University United States PhD (Physiology)
    2001 - 2006 University of Colombo Sri Lanka MBBS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2015 Post-Doctoral Rsearcher SAHMRI Australia
    2008 - 2008 Intern House Officer National Hospital of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
    2007 - 2008 Intern House Officer Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children Sri Lanka
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2008 Medical Practitioner Sri Lanka Medical Council Sri Lanka

1.Tom Simpson Trust Fund Grant, National Heart Foundation (2018)

2. Associate Investigator grant from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), University of Adelaide on the project “Biological Sensing of Changes in Atherosclerosis Using Novel Nanoscale Sensors” (August 2018).

3. Mid Atlantic Pre-doctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association (2013)

4. Society of Toxicology (SOT) Graduate Student Travel Award, SOT 52nd Annual Meeting, (March 2013, San Antonio, TX, USA)

5. DMT Travel Award, Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology annual meeting (March 2012, San Francisco, CA, USA)

1. Graduate Assistant - Department of Physiology, Brody School of Medicine in East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA (August 2010 - December 2013)
    Training undergraduate and graduate students on vessel dissection and mounting on wire myography
    Teaching assistant - Medical Physiology Course (Spring 2012)

2. Lecturer - Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 2009 to October 2013, on study leave from August 2010)
    Medical Physiology - MBBS, BSc. (Pharmacy) and BSc. (Physiotherapy) 
    Lecturing, PBL tutor, laboratory sessions and assessments
    Tutor for the Community and Family Attachment program (January - August 2010)
    Convener of the Respiratory System module (March - August 2010)

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Australian Atherosclerosis Society Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member American Heart Assocataion United States
    2011 - 2014 Member American Physiological Society United States
    2011 - 2014 Member Society of Toxicology United States
    2009 - ongoing Member Physiological Society of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
    2007 - ongoing Member Sri Lanka Medical Association Sri Lanka

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