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Chaminda Ranasinghe

Chaminda Ranasinghe

Availability

Chaminda is available on Mount Lawley campus each Wednesday.

Training areas

Chaminda provides support from his own experience with:

  • Referencing (Endnote/endnoteweb and Mendeley) and thesis formatting
  • Literature survey and academic writing
  • Conference presentation and public speaking

Chaminda also offers support in the following areas:

  • Turnitin
  • GRIP, MyPlan and orientation for new research students
  • Social media and research databases for researchers (Research Gate, ORCID, LinkedIn, Google Scholar)
  • Ethics application (School of Medical and Health Science)
  • Reviewing literature
  • Qualtrics (basic level)
  • Leadership
  • Presentation slides (PowerPoint,Keynote), research posters
  • Time management
  • Science communication to non-science audiences and children
  • Support for the Three Minute Thesis competition, Famelab and research presentations for conferences.

Research area

Chaminda is a PhD candidate in the School of Medical and Health Science. His research topic is on protein posttranslational modifications and how a novel blood based biomarker panel can be established for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). At present there are no early diagnostic tests that can predict the risk of AD. The prevailing methods are effective only after the clinical onset of the disease. Additionally, the PET scans available are costly for community-wide use. Therefore, a cost effective simple blood test may be useful in identifying people at the risk of AD. These early interventions will assist in managing and probable cure for the disease.

Background

Chaminda is an international student from Sri Lanka with nearly 20 years in higher education. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Bangalore (India). He took his first research master’s degree from the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka) in applied microbiology and the second research master’s in biotechnology from Queensland University of Technology (Australia). He has worked and studied in three countries and 6 universities that include four Australian universities in 3 different states. Chaminda is passionate about science communication, leadership and taking action on human sustainability and development. He was the president of the ECU’s chapter of the global entrepreneurial student organisation ‘Enactus’ for the year 2016. Under his leadership, the team won the Enactus national championship against 20 other Australian universities and represented Australia as the national team at the Enactus World cup. In 2017, he was voted Audience Choice for his presentation in the WA FameLab finals.

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