Dr Rajitha Wickremasinghe
Nationality: Sri Lankan
Dr Rajitha Wickremasinghe is a medical doctor from Sri Lanka who has been trained as an Epidemiologist and Biostatistician at Tulane University and the Louisiana State University Medical Center, USA. He is currently the Professor of Public Health and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. Dr Wickremasinghe is involved in teaching and training undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducting research. He has trained 32 postgraduate students at both Masters and Doctoral level.
His primary research interests focus on infectious diseases, especially malaria. In addition, he has interests in noncommunicable diseases, health economics, entomology, neglected tropical diseases, nutrition and health systems research. He is or has been the principal investigator of many grants from different organizations that include NIH, WHO, JICA, EU and RTIRN. He has published extensively and has received many awards and accolades for his research work.
Dr Wickremasinghe has been a consultant to many organizations in various capacities. He has worked for WHO, USAID, OMNI, UNICEF, the World Bank and GFATM, as well as the governments of Nepal and Timor-Leste. Dr Wickremasinghe is currently a member of the National Research Council of Sri Lanka. He is also President of the South-East Asia Public Health Education Institutes Network (SEAPHEIN).
Dr Wickremasinghe has been a member of TDR STAC since 2012.