Dr Nilu Kannangara

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences


Nilu Kannangara

PhD, BSc (Hons), FHEA

I am an internationally published Molecular Parasitologist and a Lecturer in Biomedical sciences. I obtained my doctorate from Durham University, School for health, Medicine and Pharmacology and specialised in Toxoplasma gondii drug target research. I obtained my undergraduate degree from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and with a first class in Immuno-parasitology with emphasis on Malaria research. I have research expertise in Molecular, Biochemical and Immuno-Parasitology and professional teaching experince in University education in Biological, Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences in UK and Sri Lanka. In addition to research, teaching and scholarship activities, I am keen in knowledge exchange, partnerships, public engagement and awareness activities and inclusivity in a wider professional and community network.

Tel: +44(0)1280 8207605


  • Wansadhipathi-Kannangara N K (2011) Sphingolipid synthases of Toxoplasma gondii and other organisms, Doctoral thesis, Durham University
  • Pratt S, Wansadhipathi-Kannangara N K, Bruce C R, Mina J G, Shams-Eldin H, Casas J, Hanada K, Schwarz R T, Sonda S and Denny P W (2013), Sphingolipid synthesis and scavenging in the intracellular apicomplexan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, Journal of Molecular a d Biochemical Parasitology, 187, 43-51
  • Mina J G, Okada Y, Wansadhipathi-Kannangara N K, Pratt S, Shams-Eldin H, Schwarz R T, Steel P G, Fawcett T and Denny P W (2010), Functional analyses of differentially expressed isoforms of the Arabidopsis inositol phosphorylceramide synthase, Journal of Plant Molecular Biology, 73, 399-407
  • Mina J G, Pan S, Wansadhipathi N K, Bruce C R, Shams-Eldin H, Schwarz R T, Steel P G and Denny P W (2009), The Trypanosoma brucei sphingolipd synthase, an essential enzyme and drug target, Journal of Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 168, 16-23
  • Premarathne P H, Wansadhipathi N K, Wickremarachchi W T A, Perera K L R L, Bandara S, Handunnetti S M and Udagama-Randeniya P V (2005), Comparison of the two different recombinant protiens representing region II of the Duffy Binding protein of Plasmodium vivax by assaying for natural antibodies, Annual proceedings of Allergy and Immunology society of Sri Lanka and FIMSA, B-4
  • Wansadhipathi N K, Wickremarachchi W T A, Perera K L R L, Bandara S, Longacre S, Handunnetti S M and Udagama-Randeniya P V (2004), Human antibody responses to the Plasmodium vivax Duffy Binding protein in Sri Lanka, Annual proceedings of University of Colombo Joint (Faculties of Science and Medicine) academic sessions, 29

Research interests:

  • Collaborative research in microbiology and parasitology with zoonotic potential using molecular scatological methods and next generation sequencing techniques to identify the relationship of various aspects of host-parasite interactions
  • Molecular and sero-diagnostic methods to identify the human toxoplasmosis in pregnant females
  • Pedagogic research in teaching innovations in Biomedical and Life science education

Module leaderships:

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Genes, Cells and Development
  • Gut, Hormones and Metabolism


  • Higher Education Academy
  • Teaching Focussed Academic Network
  • UK Bioscience Education Summit
  • Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka

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