Senior Research Fellow
1992 BAppSc (Hons I)
1993 University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
2000 Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago
2003 – present The University of Sydney
Kumi de Silva has been investigating immune responses of sheep and cattle to paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) at the University of Sydney’s Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health group in the Faculty of Veterinary Science in relation to disease susceptibility. Using a validated experimental infection model for paratuberculosis in sheep established here, she has identified immunological changes that occur soon after an animal is exposed which are associated with future disease outcomes. She is also studying host-pathogen interactions in paratuberculosis at the cellular level.
Kumi has a PhD in the biomedical sciences from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University where she studied immune cell migration in response to lipids in the context of narrowing of arteries in atherosclerosis. She has also worked at the Loyola Medical School in Chicago investigating the inflammatory response to burn injury.
She has a long-held interest in scientific communication and is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Association for Paratuberculosis. In 2015, Kumi was selected to participate in the University of Sydney’s inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Sponsorship Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women.