Griffith University

Thilini Perera

Name: Thilini Perera
Position: PhD Student
Research Area: Breast Cancer
Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Hons)

Biography: Thilini completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Plant Biotechnology at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2012. She started her Masters with Honours in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology at Griffith University in 2014. She joined the Discovery Biology group in 2015 to complete her Masters research project on breast cancer. For her PhD project, Thilini is focusing on studying about breast cancer metastasis.

Discovery Biology:

Awards:

2016: Australian Postgraduate Award

2016: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2016: Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) Honours Affiliate Scholarship

2015: Griffith Award for Academic Excellence

Conferences:

Perera, DFT, Lovitt CL, Avery VM. Poster presentation – ‘Impact of Extracellular Matrix on Focal Adhesion Kinase in Breast Cancer’. 28th Lorne Cancer Conference, Victoria (February, 2016)

Perera, DFT, Lovitt CL, Avery VM. Oral presentation – ‘Targeting Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) in Breast Cancer’. Eskitis Student Symposium, Griffith University (March, 2015)

Other:

Awards:

2014: Griffith Award for Academic Excellence

Publications:

Perera, DFTN, Fernando KMEP and Wijendra, WAS. Efficacy of Phytochemicals present in Leaves of Punica granatum against Malassezia species. American Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. 2015; 2(1).

Perera, DFTN, Fernando KMEP and Wijendra, WAS. Antifungal Activity of Secondary Metabolites present in Psidium guajava Leaves against Dermatophytes. Vidyodaya Journal of Science. 2014; 19.

Conferences:

Perera, DFTN, Fernando KMEP and Wijendra, WAS. Oral presentation – ‘In vitro Study to Determine the Antifungal Activity of Selected Medicinal Plants against Fungi causing Superficial Skin Infections’. 2nd Annual Conference and Scientific Sessions of Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology (SSM) (October, 2013).

Perera, DFTN, Fernando KMEP and Wijendra, WAS. Poster presentation – ‘Antifungal Activity of Punica granatum against Dandruff Causing Fungi’. Annual Scientific Sessions of Jaffna Medical Association, Sri Lanka (September, 2013).