Dilini Rathnayake


Dilini Rathnayake is a PhD student from the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at University of Melbourne. Her study seeks to understand the interactions between antibody, complement and innate immune cells in pregnancy associated malaria, supervised by Prof Stephen Rogerson and Dr Elizebeth Aitkin. She mainly focuses on Plasmodium falciparum malaria and the role of opsonic phagocytosis by neutrophils and neutrophil-like cell line, HL-60 in understanding neutrophil immune responses and deciphering the role of complement system in opsonisation and lysis of parasitised erythrocytes in pregnancy associated malaria.