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Dr Lahiru Handunnetthi

Clinical Lecturer

Lahiru Handunnetthi’s research interests are in the inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. His research focuses on understanding how human genetic variation contributes to neuropsychiatric disease and how knowledge of genetic risk factors can be used to identify novel drug targets. 

He is involved in the functional characterisation of genetic risk alleles discovered through genome wide association studies and integration of various forms of genomic data to discover new drug targets.   

Lahiru completed his DPhil at the Wellcome Centre for Genetics, University of Oxford. His work focused on understanding the interactions between genetic and environmental risk factors in multiple sclerosis. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and currently holds a NIHR funded Clinical Lectureship in Neurology. He is open to collaboration.


Key words:  Neuroimmunology, Immunopsychiatry

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