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Zoology

Name

Dr. Piyumali K. Perera

Lecturer

B.Sc. (Perad.), Ph.D. (Melbourne, Australia)

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About Me

I graduated from University of Peradeniya with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology in 2011. In 2012, I received International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake my PhD in Parasitology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. During my PhD (from 2012 to 2015), I have conducted molecular epidemiological investigations of Theileria orientalis in cattle, developed advanced molecular diagnostic techniques for the rapid detection of the parasite and have also estimated the economic impact of oriental theileriosis on dairy industry in Australia. Following the successful completion of my PhD with 7 first author peer-reviewed papers and several awards received in recognition of the outstanding research work performed during the PhD (e.g., VW officer prize in Veterinary Science, Dairy Farmers of Victoria Postgraduate Scholarship, World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology - Louisiana State University Award), I joined University of Peradeniya as a Lecturer in 2015. Currently, I have published over 15 peer-reviewed research articles, cited over 300 times (h-index 9) and invited book chapters on ticks and tick-borne diseases. My research interests are in the fields of zoonotic parasites, ticks and tick-borne diseases, soil transmitted helminths and associations of human gastro-intestinal parasites with asthma/allergies and gut microbiome.

Positions Held

Lecturer - University of Peradeniya - (2017-Present)

Member - Board of Study in Biomedical Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Science - (2019)

Temporary Lecturer, University of Peradeniya - (2015-2016)

Demonstrator, the University of Melbourne - (2012-2015)

Temporary Demonstrator, University of Peradeniya - (2011-2012)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Comparison of gastro-intestinal parasites with zoonotic and anthroponotic potential in two subspecies of toque macaque (Macaca sinica) in Sri Lanka

Conducted by Ms. Sandani Thilakaratne (Honours student in Zoology) Funded by University of Peradeniya Research Grants

Role of gut microbiota, helminth infection and their interaction in asthma in children naturally infected with helminths in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

In collaboration with Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne.

Zoonotic gastro-intestinal parasites of dogs in a remote tea-growing area in Sri Lanka: A potential public health problem

Conducted by Ms. Tilini De Silva (Honours student in Zoology)

Memberships & Awards

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Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) student conference travel grant (2015)

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World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology - Louisiana State University Travel Award (2015)

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VW officer prize in Veterinary Science through Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne (2014)

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Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) student conference travel grant (2014)

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Dairy Farmers of Victoria Postgraduate Scholarship through Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne (2013)

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Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) student conference travel grant (2013)

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Australian Postgraduate Award for 2013

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International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for 2013

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Runner-up for the abstract and presentation in the Postgraduate Symposium (pre-confirmed PhD category) by Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne (2012)

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Graduate Teaching Assistantship for 2012 (declined) and Graduate Differential Fee Supplement for 2012 by University of Alberta, Canada (declined)

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Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship for 2012

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Melbourne International Research Scholarship for 201

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University Award for Academic Excellence 2010/2011 by Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2012)

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Member of Royal Society of Victoria, Australia

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Member at the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP)

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University of Peradeniya Research Grant for 2018

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Member of the Biomedical Sciences Board of Study - Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS)