Researcher

Dr Chaturaka Rodrigo

My Expertise

Dengue fever, Viral hepatits, Malaria, Leptospirosis, RNA virus phylogenetics

 

Fields of Research (FoR)

Infectious Diseases

Biography

Chaturaka is a NHMRC investigator (Viral Immunology Systems Program, Kirby Institute), Senior Lecturer (Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences) and a physician. His research focus is on infectious diseases (Hepatitis C, Malaria, Dengue, Coronaviruses and Leptospirosis) and evolutionary biology of RNA viruses. He is also interested in evidence based medicine as an author affiliated to Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, Liverpool,...view more

Chaturaka is a NHMRC investigator (Viral Immunology Systems Program, Kirby Institute), Senior Lecturer (Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences) and a physician. His research focus is on infectious diseases (Hepatitis C, Malaria, Dengue, Coronaviruses and Leptospirosis) and evolutionary biology of RNA viruses. He is also interested in evidence based medicine as an author affiliated to Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, Liverpool, UK. He is currently an associate editor for BMC Infectious Diseases, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Systematic Reviews and Cochrane Clinical Answers.


My Grants

Investigator Initiated Research grant, Seqirus Australia (Industry grant), Prevalence of missed Q fever in Australia, 2021-2022

H2Seq: Viral genomics for public health interventions in HIV and HCV - Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), 2021 - 2026

NHMRC Investigator grant (Emerging Leader 1 category), 2020 - 2024

SOMS Early Career Research support grant 2018 -2019

Research Infrastructure Support Scheme (3 grants) , UNSW 2017, 2018


My Qualifications

MBBS MRCP(UK) MD PhD FHEA


My Awards

  1. Paper of the Month, December 2020, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW 
  2. Award for Adaptability and Innovation in Pathology teaching, 2020, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
  3. Paper of the Month, January 2020, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW 
  4. University award for teaching excellence (early career and rising star), UNSW Sydney, 2019
  5. Robert Dixon award for the best presentation (Hepatitis) at the annual workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research. Canungra, QLD, Australia 2019
  6. Award for teaching excellence (early career staff), Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney 2018
  7. University International Postgraduate Research Award / Scholarship for PhD studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2014 – 2017
  8. Top-up scholarship for PhD studies, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney. 2014-2017
  9. Robert Dixon award for the best oral presentation at the annual workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research. Barossa Valley, SA, Australia 2017
  10. Paper of the Month, October 2016, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
  11. Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference Scholarship. Gold coast, Australia. 2016
  12. New Investigator Scholarship, 5th International symposium on hepatitis care in substance users. Oslo, Norway. 2016
  13. Victorian infectious diseases reference laboratory (VIDRL) educational grant (Hepatitis). Awarded at the annual workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research. Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia 2015
  14. Training fellowship. Cochrane infectious diseases group. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. 2014 
  15. Excellence award for the most outstanding junior researcher of Sri Lanka awarded by the Committee of Vice-chancellors and Directors (CVCD). 2012
  16. Award for scientific publications by the President of Sri Lanka 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  17. University Research Award for best researcher in Faculty of Medicine, 2014. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

My Research Activities

Vulnerability to severe dengue infection, Next generation sequencing, molecular epidemiology and evolutionary analysis of RNA viruses, Host immunity against RNA virus infections


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Honours, ILP and PhD students


Currently supervising

PhD Students

1. Mr. Nasir Riaz (joint primary supervisor), Optimizing novel sequencing platforms for viral quasi-species sequencing, Kirby Institute, UNSW

2. Mr. Arunasingham Abeysingham (joint primary supervisor), Characterization of transmitted founder variants in early HCV infection, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

3. Dr. Hossain Sazzad (secondary Supervisor), Dynamics of hepatitis C transmission in NSW prisons, Kirby Institute, UNSW, 2018-2021

4. Dr. Braulio Valencia Arroyo (joint primary Supervisor), Influence of host immunogenetics in determining the disease phenotype in RNA virus infections, Kirby Institute, UNSW, 2018-2021

5. Mr. Anurag Adikari (secondary supervisor), Identification of protective anti-HCV antibodies in subjects that clear infection to inform vaccine design, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

 


My Teaching

Co-convener 

1. PATH3205 - Molecular basis of disease, Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences

2. PATH3206 - Cancer Pathology, Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences

Pathology teaching and assessments

1. MD/MBBS - Phase 1, 2 and 3

2. PATH2201 - Processes of Disease

3. PATH3205 - Molecular Basis of Disease

4. PATH3206 - Cancer Pathology

5. PATH3207 - Musculoskeletal Diseases

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Location

Room 207, Level 2, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Medicine

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Contact

+61 (2) 9065 2186