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Piyumali K. Perera

Department of Zoology
University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka


Following BSc (Hons) Special degree in Zoology, I received scholarships International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake my PhD at the University of Melbourne. During my PhD, I have conducted molecular epidemiological investigations of Theileria orientalis in cattle, developed advanced molecular diagnostic techniques for the rapid detection of the parasite and have also estimated the economic impact of oriental theileriosis on dairy industry in Australia. Over the past 4 years, I have published 10 peer-reviewed research articles.

Research Interest

Parasitology, Epidemiology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostic Techniques.


  • Perera, P.K., Gasser, R.B., Firestone, S.M., Anderson, G.A., Malmo, J., Davis, G., Beggs, D.S., Jabbar, A.,; (2014). Oriental theileriosis in dairy cows causes a significant milk production loss. Parasites & Vectors, 7: 73 .

  • Infections by human gastrointestinal helminths are associated with changes in faecal microbiota diversity and composition. (2017)

  • Semi- quantitative multiplexed-tandem PCR for the detection and differentiation of four Theileria orientalis genotypes in cattle. (2015).

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