Lakshitha Perera is from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He graduated from University of Colombo with a B.Sc. in Computational Chemistry with a First Class Honors (2016), and served as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo during 2016-2017. As an undergraduate student, Lakshitha carried out a Molecular Dynamics Simulation studies to identify the effect of the water-ethanol binary mixture composition on the Structure and Dynamics of Hen Egg White Lysozyme.
At the beginning of Fall 2017, he joined Prof. Colina’s Group with research focused on studying the effect of site specific mutations on the structure of Human Interferon Alpha 2A Protein. Interferon Alpha 2A is an important protein used in drugs to treat patients with chronic version of Hepatitis B & C, and cancers. However due to its multi-functional nature, this as a drug, also causes multiple side effects in patients being treated. Therefore, this study was focused on assisting to identify the suitability of a triple mutant of Interferon Alpha 2A to be used as a modified version of the drug candidate to treat diseases, while reducing the side effects.