Motivated, interdisciplinary PhD graduate trained in physics and biology, with strong communication skills developed from teaching experiences and ability to work independently or as a team member. Special expertise in the areas of
- 3D Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
- Numerical Methods (Finite Difference Method)
- Biological Physics (Hodgkin-Huxley Model, Mechanical Bidomain Model)
- Computational Mechanobiology (Soft Tissue Mechanics)
- Critical Literature Review
- Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Coursework: Bioelectric Phenomena, Modeling Complex Systems, Medical Physiology, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics
BSc (Special) Degree in Physics
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Coursework: Physics (Mechanics, Particle Physics, Solid State Physics), Mathematics, Statistics
Research and Work Experience
Graduate Research Assistant | Department of Physics, Oakland University
- Implemented two-dimensional (2D) mechanical bidomain model to analyze effects of anisotropy in cardiac mechanotransduction.
- Applied perturbation methods to identify the changes in bidomain (cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix) displacement under active tension and unequal anisotropy ratios.
- Designed and developed a three-dimensional (3D) version of the mechanical bidomain model to analyze cardiac tissue indentation and resulting spatial distribution of mechanotransduction. Analysis involve mathematical modeling and numerical analysis using finite difference method.
- Presented results at department Journal Club, Oakland University Graduate Student Research Conference, Fall 2019 Meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society (OSAPS) and annual meetings of International Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) hosted by Georgia State University.
Research Assistant, Arthur C Clarke Institute, Sri Lanka
- Generated absorption spectra of star HD26574 (Beid), in the wavelength region of 4200 Å to 5000 Å using a 45 cm Cassegrain telescope.
- Applied astronomical data reduction methods using Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF) operated in Linux.
- Generated synthetic absorption spectra using Kurucz model atmospheres.
Intern, Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Sri Lanka
- Collaborated with Mass, Force and Temperature calibration laboratories.
- Hands-on experience on calibrating using proving cell testing machine, universal testing machine, fixed point cells (Gallium, Mercury, Silver), Standard Platinum Resistance Thermometers (SPRT), liquid/metal block baths.
Leadership and Teaching Experience
Graduate Teaching Assistant | Department of Physics, Oakland University
- Led weekly laboratory, problem solving and discussion sessions for groups of students (class of 25-30 students).
- Graded quizzes, weekly lab reports and provided feedbacks to students.
- Prepared presentations for lab experiments.
Assistant Lecturer (Temporary) | Department of Physics, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
- Collaborated with department of sports science to conduct a biomechanics lecture series by including applications of physics in sports.
- Delivered lectures on thermodynamics with weekly tutorials to students in freshman year.
- Planned and facilitated multiple events including three-day workshop on “Physics and Electronics for Advanced Level Teachers” and a physics quiz competition for freshmen year students.
- Finite Difference Method
- Image Reduction Analysis Facility (IRAF)
- Microsoft Office