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Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera

Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences,
Research - Biomedical Sciences

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Name
Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences,
Research - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Oncology and Carcinogenesis, Medical Biotechnology, Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Phone
+61 7 3138 0830
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Professional memberships
and associations

OTHER CURRENT APPOINTMENTS:

  • 2014 – 2017  Associate Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland, Diamantina Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2012 – 2015     Affiliated Academic to the School of Biomedical Science, The School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland. Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012 – 2015    Affiliated Academic to the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 2011 – present  Adjunct Professor to the Chinese Academy of Science, The School of Public Health & Family Medicine, Chinese Academy of Science, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
  • 2012 – present A consultant to Oasis Diagnostics® Corporation (Vancouver, USA).
  • 2014 – present  Scientific Advisory Board member,FLUIDS iQ™, Montreal, Canada.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  •  2011 -                An invited fellow to the American Nano Society

  • 2011-2013        A member of International Association for Dental Research

  • 2011-2013       A member of the Australian Association for Clinical Biochemists

Keywords

Saliva diagnostics, Head and neck cancer diagnostics, Heart failure, Biosensors, Circulating tumour cells

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

SPECIFIC FIELD OF EXPERTISE: Head and Neck Cancers, Cancer Biology, Biomarker Discovery, Circulating Tumour Cells and Cell-Free DNA, Saliva Diagnostics, Obesity, Cardiovascular Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes, Endometriosis,  Steroid Hormone Regulation, Proteomics, Glycosylation, Epigenetics and Genomics.

SHORT BIO: Associate Professor  Chamindie Punyadeera, Clinical Chemist, graduated from the Department of Chemical Pathology, the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2001. Her PhD research was aimed at investigating the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of type 2 Diabetes, ischemic heart disease and obesity. She was also awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Witwatersrand as well as the South African Medical Research Endowment Funds. During her PhD study, she spent couple of months in the Laboratory of Professor Alan Jackson at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, UK to investigate lipid metabolism in South African women using stable isotopes.   She did a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in close collaboration with Merck Pharmaceuticals. The research was focused on endometrium physiology, steroid hormone pharmacokinetics and oncology. She worked at Royal Philips Electronics at the High Technology Campus in the Netherlands as a senior scientist and led a project team on biosensor development and biomarker discovery. She has published over 50 research papers, 13 PCT patents and has reviewed papers for international journals and has delivered key note lectures. She has presented at major international conferences. She is currently leading a research team at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia developing non-invasive and minimally invasive technology platforms to better human health outcomes in the 21st Century.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera.

Teaching

 

TEACHING POSITIONS:

2002-2004   Part-Time Lecturer to the School of Medicine at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Teaching was based on Problem-Based Learning.

2006 -2008  Invited Part-Time Lecturer in Biotechnology,Technical University Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

2009-2010    20% ResTeach Lecturer for 3rd Year CHEE 3305, Facilitator, The School of Chemical Engineering, Factuality of Engineering, Architecture and IT, The University of Queensland.

2010 - 2011     The Course Coordinator for 3rd Year Chemical Engineering (CHEE 3305),The School of Chemical Engineering, Factuality of Engineering, Architecture and IT, The University of Queensland.

2013 -              Guest Lecturer to the  Master of Biotechnology Program, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2014
Details
Queensland University Vice Chancellor Senior Research Fellowship
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2012
Details
Queensland Government International Fellowship Established research network alliance in the field of saliva diagnostics with leading laboratories such as John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore; MD Anderson Cancer Centre; National Cancer Institute/NIH (USA); Chinese Academy of Science and the Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
The University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2010
Details
Queensland Government Smart State Senior Fellowship was awarded for 3 years ($200k p/a for 3 years).
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2005
Details
Awarded the best Endocrinology paper in 2001 by a South African Scientist by the Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism, South Africa: Weight-related differences in glucose metabolism and free fatty acid production in two South African population groups. International Journal of Obesity, 25:1192-1205,(2001).

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
A Saliva Test to Identify High Risk Heart Failure Patients
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
100966
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
A simple, low-cost saliva test to detect oral cancers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2013
Keywords