Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ruvini  Pathirana

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Mentor:  Dr. David Kadosh

Phone:  (210) 567-3436



2005 BSc Microbiology University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
2008 MSc Food Science & Technology University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka
2016 PhD Microbiology & Molecular Biology University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, USA


2020 - 2021 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2013 – 2016 Special Funds Grant for Graduate Fellowship, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2014 Travel award : Yeast Genetics Meeting, Genetics Society of America
2012 Blair Paxton Udale Scholarship for Life Sciences, University of Nebraska Foundation
2012 Travel Award : Frontiers in Phylogenetics Spring Symposium, AToL Project, University of Texas at Austin
2005 B.Sc. (Special) Degree with First Class Honors

Professional Memberships

2019 - present American Heart Association
2018 - present American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
2016 - 2019 American Association for the of Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2013 - 2016 Genetics Society of America (GSA)
2011 - present American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


McCall AD, Pathirana RU, Prabhakar A, Cullen PJ, Edgerton M. Candida albicans biofilm development is governed by cooperative attachment and adhesion maintenance proteins. NPJ Biofilms Microbiomes. 2019;5:21. doi: 10.1038/s41522-019-0094-5. 

Pathirana RU, McCall AD, Norris HL, Edgerton M. Filamentous Non-albicans Candida Species Adhere to Candida albicans and Benefit From Dual Biofilm Growth. Front Microbiol. 2019;10:1188. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01188. 

Salvatori O, Pathirana RU, Kay JG, Edgerton M. Candida albicans Ras1 Inactivation Increases Resistance to Phagosomal Killing by Human Neutrophils. Infect Immun. 2018 Dec;86(12). doi: 10.1128/IAI.00685-18. 

Pathirana RU, Friedman J, Norris HL, Salvatori O, McCall AD, Kay J, Edgerton M. Fluconazole-Resistant Candida auris Is Susceptible to Salivary Histatin 5 Killing and to Intrinsic Host Defenses. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018 Feb;62(2). doi: 10.1128/AAC.01872-17. 

Navarathna DH*, Pathirana RU*, Lionakis MS, Nickerson KW, Roberts DD. Candida albicans ISW2 Regulates Chlamydospore Suspensor Cell Formation and Virulence In Vivo in a Mouse Model of Disseminated Candidiasis. PLoS One. 2016;11(10):e0164449. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164449. [* Co-first authors]

Ahmad Hussin N, Pathirana RU, Hasim S, Tati S, Scheib-Owens JA, Nickerson KW. Biotin Auxotrophy and Biotin Enhanced Germ Tube Formation in Candida albicans. Microorganisms. 2016 Sep 21;4(3). doi: 10.3390/microorganisms4030037. 

Nickerson KW, Atkin AL, Hargarten JC, Pathirana R, Hasim S. Thoughts on quorum sensing and fungal dimorphism . In: Biocommunication of Fungi. Witzany G, editor. Dordrecht: Springer; 2012. p.189-204. 343p.

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