B. Sc. (Physics Honors), University of Jaffna (1999)
M.S. (Physics) Northeastern University (2005)
Ph.D. (Physics) Northeastern University (2010)
Thesis Title: “Drug-DNA Interactions at the Single Molecule Level: A View with Optical Tweezers”
MRSEC Postdoctoral Associate: Brandeis University (2010-2013)
My research interest in the field of biophysics is to use techniques based on physics to study biological systems at single molecule level. This research is done in collaboration with Williams Lab at Northeastern University and Gelles Lab at Brandeis University. At Williams Lab we use optical tweezers to investigate potential cancer and HIV drugs that reversibly bind DNA. At Gelles Lab we are interested in studying dissociation pathways of molecular complexes in the presence of competitors, using Total Internal Reflection (TIR) spectroscopy on fluorescently labeled single molecules.