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researcher , Medical educator

Nadira Dharshani Karunaweera, Sri Lankan medical educator, researcher. Achievements include patents for use of thermostable device for maintenance of Leishmania parasites; patents for use of neural network architecture for the automated recognition of malaria parasites in blood films.

Background

Karunaweera, Nadira Dharshani was born on September 1, 1961 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Daughter of Reggie and Jeena Dulcie Fernando.

Education

Bachelor of Medicine, BChir, Faculty Medicine University Colombo, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy, University Colombo, 1993.

Career

Medical officer Ministry Health, Colombo, 1986—1989. Lecturer faculty medicine University Colombo, 1989—1993, senior lecturer faculty medicine, 1995—2004, head department faculty medicine, 2000—2005, professor parasitology faculty medicine, since 2004. Post-doctoral fellow University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1993—1995.

Senior research fellow Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 2005. Adviser, consultant Tropical Disease Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, since 1996, member strategic research and steering committee. Lecturer in field.

Achievements

  • Achievements include patents for use of thermostable device for maintenance of Leishmania parasites. Patents for use of neural network architecture for the automated recognition of malaria parasites in blood films.

Membership

Member of Strategic Reseach and Steering Committe, Tropical Disease Research, World Health Organization (honorary), Sri Lanka Medical Association (life), Sri Lanka College Microbiologists (life. Editor 2000-2005), Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement Sciences (life. President Section A 2002-2003).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Reading, travel.

Connections

Married Cecil SriKantha Karunaweera, February 26, 1955. Children: Ayesha Lilanthi, Anushka Sajani.

father:
Reggie Fernando

mother:
Jeena Dulcie Fernando

spouse:
Cecil SriKantha Karunaweera

children:
Ayesha Lilanthi Karunaweera

Anushka Sajani Karunaweera