I graduated from the Peradeniya Medical Faculty in 2008 and took a life-changing decision immediately following my internship to join the Department of Community Medicine, Rajarata Medical Faculty as an academic. I always loved teaching and did not want to restrict myself to a hospital-based work setting. So, after almost a decade, I still have no regrets whatsoever about this decision.
Since I am involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training in public health, I always wanted to develop my academic qualifications related to various public health disciplines. I obtained a Masters in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo in 2013 and a Masters in Applied Epidemiology in the following year from the University of Peradeniya. I obtained my Doctor of Medicine in Community Medicine in 2015. In each of these postgraduate examinations, I had the best performance of the year.
My post-doctoral fellowship was at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health from 2016 to 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience there, since I had the opportunity to work in various projects related to mental health, global health and occupational health, which are my main research interests. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, UK and a Board Certified Specialist in Community Medicine, Sri Lanka.
At the moment, I am a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Department of Community Medicine, RUSL. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge to the ECLIPSE team.