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Dr Lakshmi Wijeyewickrema Lecturer, Biochemistry

Dr Lakshmi Wijeyewickrema received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Greenwich, London, U.K in 1995. In 2000, she completed her Masters studies in the laboratory of Ian Mackay and Merrill Rowley at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her thesis focused on the screening of collagen antibodies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Following three years of teaching, travelling and working as a research assistant, she began a PhD in the laboratory of Micheal Berndt and Robert Andrews at Monash University in 2003. Her thesis project examined the effect of snake venom proteases on platelet receptors, which she completed and was awarded her doctorate degree in 2007. She continued her interest in the biochemistry of blood in the laboratory of Robert Pike, then located also at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University, as a post-doctoral fellow. Her expertise in protein production and enzymology has helped establish my international profile in serine protease biochemistry with a particular emphasis on the Complement system.

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