Gayathri Ediriweera

Dr Gayathri Ediriweera is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Thurecht group at the Centre for Advanced Imaging and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland, Australia. After finishing her BSc (Honours) degree in Chemistry from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka she moved to Australia to conduct her PhD at The University of Queensland in 2016 under the supervision of Prof Kristofer Thurecht. Her PhD work was based on the development of polymeric theranostics using bioorthogonal chemistry. After finishing her PhD in 2020, she started working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ and her primary research interests are on developing targeted theranostic platforms, particularly integrating bioorthogonal click chemistry, for the treatment of cancer and the in vitro validation of the theranostics on cells and in vivo validation in small animal models using molecular imaging (PET/CT and Optical). Dr Ediriweera has published her work in some of the leading journals in the nanomedicine field and is the recipient of several awards, including the coveted Treloar Prize from the Royal Australian Chemical Society for her work at the Australasian Polymer Symposium, 2019.

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