Researcher

Dr Chamini Jayamali Perera

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Biography

I graduated with a bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc, Hons) degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and joined the Neuropathic Pain Laboratory, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney in 2011 for my PhD.

In my PhD, I investigated the immune-modulatory approaches for the treatment of neuropathic pain in animal models. Briefly, the studies involved the investigation of effects of myelin-derived altered peptide ligand (APL) on pain...view more

I graduated with a bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc, Hons) degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and joined the Neuropathic Pain Laboratory, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney in 2011 for my PhD.

In my PhD, I investigated the immune-modulatory approaches for the treatment of neuropathic pain in animal models. Briefly, the studies involved the investigation of effects of myelin-derived altered peptide ligand (APL) on pain behaviour,  immune and inflammatory cell activation/infiltration and up/down-regulation of cytokines in the nervous system following peripheral nerve injury and spinal cord injury in experimental rats. Furthemore, I investigated the effects of intrathecal administration of novel cytokine, Interleukin (IL)-35 on neuropathic pain and associated glial cell activation following peripheral nerve injury.

In my first post-doctoral years, I worked in the Sensori-Motor Physiology and Therapeutics (SMPT) group in the Translational Neuroscience Facility, where I aimed to identify a potential neuroprotective compound to reduce excitotoxicity following traumatic brain injury.

Currently, I work as a Research Associate in the Pancreatic Research Group, School of South West Clinical School/Ingham Institute, Liverpool. Pancreatic Research Group investigate the underlying mechanism and possible novel therapeutic approaches for chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. In particular, I am interested in investigating the mechanisms of diabetes associated with pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis in rodent models. As an immunology enthusiast, I am keen to explore immune and inflammatory mediators and markers involved in pancreatic diseases.

I have experience in organising  workshops and Neuroscience-related activities for high-school students. 


My Grants

NHMRC Ideas Grant (2020-2024) - Pancreatic Cancer Related Diabetes (PCRD) -  Novel role of Pancreatic Stellate Cells

CONCERT seed grant (2020-2022) - Pancreatic cancer related diabetes-Elucidating its mechanism to enable diagnosis and improved treatment of pancreatic cancer


My Qualifications

PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology (UNSW)

BVSc (Hons)


My Awards

  1. Australian postgraduate award (2011-2015)
  2. Australasian neuroscience society student travel award (2015)
  3. Paper of the month award for March, 2015 from school of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales
  4. Spinal cord injury network travel grant in memory of Rosalind Nicholson (2015)
  5. Travel grant from school of Medical sciences, UNSW Australia  (2014)
  6. Travel grant from International association for the study of pain (2014)
  7. Australian neuroscience society student travel award (2014)
  8. PRSS conference travel funds from graduate research school, UNSW Australia (2013)
  9. Australian neuroscience society student travel award (2013)
  10. Astron scholarship for best performance in 1st, 2nd and 3rd BVSc in 2006
     

 


My Research Activities

Animal models of neuropathic pain

Animal models of hearing and stroke

Animal models of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis and diabetes

Calcium imaging


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters and PhD


My Teaching

I have experience in teaching Anatomy, Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology and Biology for Medical, Medical Science and Science students.

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Location

South West Sydney Clinical School/Ingham Institute
Level 4, 1 Campbell Street
Liverpool, 2170
NSW, Australia

Contact

0287389031