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Dr Nihal Bandara

Dr Nihal Bandara

Dr Nihal Bandara
BDS (HONS), PhD (H.K.)

Lecturer in Oral Microbiology

Lower Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS1 2LY
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Research summary

Microbial communal interactions in many natural ecosystems, are yet to be fully unravelled. Hence my major research interest has been to elucidate physical and chemical interactions of microbes in competitive polymicrobial environments (fungal-bacterial biofilm communities in particular) to understand in depth the physiology of microbial communal lifestyle, as well as to define novel molecular pathways that can be targeted for translational research in future. In particular, the work I have undertaken thus far aims to characterize the response of the human fungal pathogen Candida to various bacterial quorum sensing signals (QSMs) using an inter–kingdom, fungal-bacterial interaction model system. Findings from ...

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I received my Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) with honours from The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and graduated with honours as the Most Outstanding Dental Student of Sri Lanka (2001-2006). Subsequently, I was awarded my Ph.D. in Oral Microbiology from The Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong in 2011 under the supervision of Prof Lakshman Samaranayake, Prof. L. J. Jin and Dr Rory Watt. My thesis was based on the communal interactions of Candida albicans, and bacteria in mixed species biofilms. After a brief 4 month research associate role in the University of Hong Kong, I ...

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