Piyumali Kanchana Perera
Dr. Piyumali K. Perera received her BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2011) and her PhD in Parasitology from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the University of Melbourne, Australia (2015). She received an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award to conduct her doctoral research on theileriosis, a major tick-borne disease in Australia. For her outstanding performance during her PhD, she received several prestigious awards/prizes including World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology - Louisiana State University Travel Award (2015), VW officer prize in Veterinary Science (2014), and Dairy Farmers of Victoria Postgraduate Scholarship (2013). She is currently serving as a Lecturer in Zoology, teaching Parasitology to undergraduates at the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. Her current research interests are in the fields of ticks and tick-borne diseases, parasitic zoonoses, and human gut microbiome. She has published many research articles in high impact journals in the field including PloS one, Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Parasites & Vectors and Veterinary Parasitology.