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 350 times (h-index 10) 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.