Dr. Yasith Mathangasinghe is an alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, where he graduated with Second Class Upper Division Honours in 2016. He received distinctions in biochemistry, forensic medicine, parasitology, and obstetrics and gynaecology, culminating in the esteemed Professor T. Visvanathan Gold Medal for excellence in clinical obstetrics and gynaecology.
After completing his internship at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Dr. Mathangasinghe entered academia in 2018 as a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, Genetics and Biomedical Informatics, University of Colombo. Dr. Mathangasinghe’s scholarly pursuits led him to the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2019, where he conducted pioneering research on ER stress markers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/frontotemporal lobar degeneration transgenic mouse models. In 2020, Dr. Mathangasinghe was awarded the Monash Graduate Scholarship to pursue his PhD at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Clayton, Australia. His research focused on deciphering the intricacies of the protein disaggregation activation program critical for cellular repair in humans.
With a robust portfolio comprising over 50 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Mathangasinghe is a reviewer for approximately 30 distinguished international journals. From 2022 to 2023, he served as an Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy at Monash University, Australia. In 2023, Dr. Mathangasinghe assumed the position of Assistant Editor at the Sri Lanka Journal of Surgery. His work has garnered acclaim, including Best Paper awards at numerous esteemed conferences and symposiums, notably the Proteostasis and Disease Symposium in Wollongong, Australia in 2022. Dr. Mathangasinghe’s contributions have been further recognized through the receipt of prestigious awards, including the President’s Award for Scientific Research in 2020, the National Research Council Merit Award for Scientific Research in 2017, and the Senate Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Category) in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2020, his outstanding mentoring skills were acknowledged by students at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, with an award for excellence in student mentoring. Dr. Mathangasinghe’s research interests encompass neurosciences, cell biology, and clinical anatomy.