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Lahiru Gangoda Honorary Research Fellow, Biochemistry

Dr. Lahiru Gangoda completed her undergraduate degree with First class Honours (Majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2008 she obtained a Masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from La Trobe University. Her Masters Research project was supervised by Prof. Leann Tilley.

Following her Master degree, she joined the lab of Prof. Nicholas Hoogenraad as a full time Research Assistant working for the Cooperative Research Centre for Biomarker Translation during which she gained skills in monoclonal antibody production and screening.

In 2011, she started her doctoral studies under the supervision of A/Prof. Hamsa Puthalakath. Her PhD research was based on mouse tumour models and investigated the role of Bim as a tumour suppressor in Carney complex.

She joined Prof. Suresh Mathivanan's lab in 2014 and started research on extracellular vesicles and overcoming chemotherapeutic drug resistance in colorectal cancer. This was funded by a Victorian Cancer Agency Early Career Seed Grant 2016-2018. She was a recipient of the La Trobe University Research Excellence by an Early Career Researcher Staff Award in 2016.

In 2018, Lahiru moved to The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and her current research focuses on overcoming treatment resistance in melanoma. This work is supported by a CASS Foundation Science/Medicine Grant. She also holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University.

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