Dr. Leshani Ahangama Liyanage, PhD
Dr. Liyanage grew up in Sri Lanka and completed her undergraduate studies at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, where she earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2013. Following graduation, she worked a year in the Department of Chemistry, University of Kelaniya as a Teaching Assistant. In 2014 she moved to the United States to join the Oklahoma State University PhD program, and in 2019 she earned her PhD in Chemistry at OSU under the advisorship of Dr. Gabriel Cook. Her thesis work focused on the characterization of the post-translationally modified membrane proteins using in vitro and amino acid substitution methods. She joined the Ditlev Lab at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute in December 2020, where she studies the role of Shank2 in the formation and maintenance of the postsynaptic density and its role in regulating RNA translation in dendritic spines. Dr. Liyanage is pursuing a career in academia, in the fields of protein chemistry and molecular biology. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, cook, bake, and enjoy a good happy hour with her family.