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Hirunika Perera

Hirunika Perera


BSc (special) degree in Microbiology (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) with two years of experience as a teaching assistant in Microbiology and Parasitology Departments. Worked as a research assistant on a current project named, Screening of the gut flora of the leishmaniasis vector Phlebotomus argentipes (Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) in Sri Lanka: an approach to assess the feasibility of paratransgenesis as an effective means of control (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, UOK, Sri Lanka).


Department of Chemistry

PhD Project

The development of peptidomimetics (peptoids) as therapeutics for treatment of Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis.


Sri Lanka

Supervisory Team

Dr. Steven Cobb (Department of Chemistry)

Dr Paul Denny (Department of Biosciences)

Dr. Ehmke Pohl (Department of Biosciences)

Prof Ariel Silber (University of São Paulo)

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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