Danushka Wijesundara

Dr Danushka Wijesundara

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Danushka Wijesundara - PhD.
I completed my Bachelor of Biotechnology with First Class Honours at the Australian National University (ANU) during 2008. During my honours, I became interested in understanding ways to best harness the immune system in combating viral infections. Consequently, I embarked on a PhD project with Dr. Charani Ranasinghe at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU during 2010 to understand ways to improve the efficacy of genetically modified and safe pox viral vaccines to target human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). I completed this project during 2014 and am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide to develop safe and effective vaccines against HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

I completed my Bachelor of Biotechnology with First Class Honours at the Australian National University (ANU) during 2008. During my honours, I became interested in understanding ways to best harness the immune system in combating viral infections. Consequently, I embarked on a PhD project with Dr. Charani Ranasinghe at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU during 2010 to understand ways to improve the efficacy of genetically modified and safe pox viral vaccines to target human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). I completed this project during 2014 and am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide to develop safe and effective vaccines against HIV, Zika virus and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Basil Hetzel Institute (BHI) for Translational Health Research
    2013 - 2014 Research Officer Grade 4 The Australian National University
    2009 - 2010 Laboratory Technical Officer The Australian National University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) International Travel Award The Hospital Research Foundation Australia
  • Language Competencies

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

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 The Australian National University Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2008 The Australian National University Australia Bachelor of Biotechnology with Honours
  • Research Interests

 

2017-2018: The protective efficacy of a cytolytic DNA vaccine for HCV in mamorsets: a step towards clinical trials (Source: The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF); Investigators: Gowans EJ, Wijesundara DK and Maddern GJ; AUS$ 200, 000)

2017: A multigenotypic DNA vaccine (Source: ACH2; Investigators: Gowans EJ, Grubor-Bauk B and Wijesundara DK; AUS$ 85, 000)

2016-2017: A DNA Vaccine to induce Protective neutralising antibodies to the HIV Tat Protein (Source: THRF; Investigators: Gowans EJ, Grubor-Bauk B and Wijesundara DK; AUS$ 160, 000)

2016-2018: A DNA Vaccine for Zika virus (Source: National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI); Investigators: Gowans EJ, Grubor-Bauk B and Wijesundara DK; AUS$ 290, 000)

2015-2018: THRF Early Career Research Fellowship (AUS$ 480, 000)

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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Novel DNA Vaccine Formulations Against Hepatitis C Virus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Makutiro Ghislain Masavuli
    2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Strategies for the development of recombinant porcine adenovirus-based vaccines against Hepatitis C virus. Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mr Harshwardhan Jagdale
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Pre-Clinical Evaluation of a Vaccination Strategy to Induce Liver Resident Memory T Cells against Hepatitis C Virus Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zelalem Addis Mekonnen
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 82227368
  • Email: danushka.wijesundara@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8222 7872
  • Campus: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Building: QEH- Basil Hetzel Institute, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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