Staff profile: Iromi Wanigasuriya

Staff profile: Iromi Wanigasuriya

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December 2019

Iromi Wanigasuriya
PhD student Iromi Wanigasuriya utilises the latest imaging
and genomic technologies available for her research.

Iromi Wanigasuriya

PhD student

Describe your job... Using some of the latest imaging and genomic technologies available, I am investigating the role of a gene called SMCHD1 and its significance in diseases such as a form of muscular dystrophy.

Why do you enjoy what you do?  I get to be a part of something that’s bigger than myself. It’s an exhilarating experience to be the first person to learn something and then to share that knowledge.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? Everyone is kind, supportive and inclusive. Working every day in an environment that’s inspiring and motivating is such a privilege.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? There will always be a mountain to climb, so enjoy the view while climbing it!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? People who haven’t met me sometimes assume I’m Japanese because of my name “Iromi”, however, I am actually from Sri Lanka.

What has been your 2019 professional highlight? Winning the student poster prize at the Lorne Genome conference. It was such a welcome surprise.

What do you want to be remembered for? Being kind and helpful while contributing to making a good difference in people’s lives – scientifically or otherwise.

Iromi's moving image, 'Everyday I'm Doubling', was a finalist in the 2019 Art of Science Awards. Find out more about this here: 

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