I am a final year student of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Leading International Vaccinology Education coordinated by the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France. I joined the Vaccine Formulation and Adjuvants Group led by Dr Anita Milicic at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, to complete my Master’s research under the supervision of Dr Joannah Fergusson. This project focuses on studying qualitative and quantitative aspects of the innate and adaptive immune responses induced by adjuvants, using non-human primate and human ex-vivo models. I am interested in understanding the role of adjuvants in vaccines to drive specific immune responses that could be used to design vaccines tailored for individual target pathogens.
Before starting my MSc, I did my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. During this period, I engaged in a research project investigating the antibacterial and antiviral (against Dengue virus) properties of a medicinal plant extract.