Gaya Amarasinghe, PhD

Alumni Endowed Professor, Pathology & Immunology

The overarching goal of my research program is to develop a mechanistic understanding of host-pathogen interactions with biological consequences to pathogenesis. These interactions promote host immune suppression and enhance pathogen replication in cell and tissue specific manner, but remain incompletely described. Results from these studies will inform on molecular mechanisms of action during infection as well as insights into potential therapeutic targets and mechanisms of action. We currently use biochemical and biophysical methods to identify and characterize components from hosts and pathogens in order to develop an atomic resolution framework.

Research keywords: Host pathogen interface; viral interactions; pathogenesis

Basic information

Mentoring statement:Find it here.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:Past members of the laboratory include 26 undergraduate students (17 co-authored manuscripts), 7 graduate students (average graduation time 4.4 years, 6 papers each including 2 first author manuscripts) and 17 postdoctoral fellows (mentored/co-mentored with 11 in academic positions). All former trainees have continued in STEM careers.

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:3+
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.
International Trainees Outside the U.S.