Prabha Andraweera

Dr Prabha Andraweera

NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr. Prabha Andraweera obtained her medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001. She obtained her PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2012. She is currently a NHMRC peter Doherty BioMedical Fellow in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Research Projects

Genetic and environmental risk for pregnancy complications and subsequent metabolic syndrome

Women who experience adverse pregnancy outcomes including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, those who deliver small for gestational age babies and those who deliver preterm are at increased risk of coronary artery disease in later life. Dr. Andraweera’s current research focuses on identifying risk factors for coronary artery disease subsequent to pregnancy complications and in exploring gene-environmental interactions that influence both pregnancy complications and subsequent coronary artery disease.  


Intrauterine determinants of early life risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia and world-wide. The intrauterine environment plays a critical role in health after birth and previous research has shown that children born after complicated pregnancies are at increased risk for CVD in adult life. We are at present investigating intrauterine adverse conditions that associate with CVD risk factors in children. 

Year Granting body Title Name Amount
2015 - 2018 NHMRC Peter Doherty BioMedical Fellowship

Genetic and environmental risk for pregnancy complications and subsequent metabolic syndrome

Prabha Andraweera $339,436
2018-2019 Robinson Research Institute Innovative Seed Funding Effectiveness of a post-partum intervention to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease after pregnancy complications Prabha Andraweera, Margaret Arstall, Zohra Lassi, Claire Roberts $35,000
2018-2019 Robinson Research Institute Engaging Opportunities Grant Designing a high quality evaluative research plan for Birthing Kits Foundation Australia Community Development Project in Uganda Zohra Lassi, Alice Rumbold, Prabha Andraweera, Zeshi Fisher, Claire Roberts $8655
2016 - 2017 Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation ECR project grant Genetic and early life determinants of childhood obesity Prabha Andraweera, Claire Roberts, Gus Dekker, Ben Mol, John Lynch $35,000
2015-2016 Robinson Research Institute Innovative Seed Funding 

Identifying molecular pathways in the placenta that are implicated in the link between pregnancy complications and subsequent coronary artery disease

Prabha Andraweera, Hannah Brown, Tina Bianco-Miotto $25,000
2008-2012 Australian Leadership Award (AusAid) PhD scholarship Prabha Andraweera $300,000


  • Position: NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellow
  • Phone: 83134086
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.47
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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