dr-nilanka perera



Dr.  Nilanka Perera

Dr. Nilanka Perera MBBS, MD(Col), MRCP(UK)

Senior Lecturer Grade II and Consultant Physician
Department of Medicine

Telephone - Office : +94 11 2758000 Ext: 4301     
E-mail : nilanka.dushani@gmail.com



  • Lecturer, Department of Medicine
  • PhD candidate at University of Oxford (2016 onwards)




I am currently doing my PhD at the antiviral drug discovery unit, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. My main focus is to identify host factors that play a part in dengue viral pathogenesis and the effects of iminosugar treatment. Iminosugars are antivirals that have shown to inhibit dengue viral replication. I am currently looking at the unfolded protein response and oxidative stress in dengue and iminosugar treatment. My previous work included observational studies of NAFLD, stroke and Parkinson disease.




2007 Professor M.T.M. Jiffry Gold Medal for best performance at Final MBBS
2007 Professor Dayasiri Fernando gold medal for best performance in Surgery at Final MBBS
2007 Gold Medal for Clinical Paediatrics for best performance in Paediatric at Final MBBS
2013 John F Stokes gold medal for best performance in MD (Medicine)
2013 P.T. De Silva gold medal for best performance in the clinical component of MD (Medicine)
2014 Dr. E.M. Wijerama award for the best oral presentation at the 47th Annual Academic sessions, CCP, Sri Lanka.
2015 2015 Commonwealth scholarship




  1. Nilanka Perera, J L Miller, N Zitzmann. The role of the unfolded protein response in dengue virus pathogenesis. Cellular Microbiology 2017;19:e12734. https://doi.org/10.1111/cmi.12734
  2. N.D.Perera, K.M.Bandara, I.R.Ranasinghe, S.B.Gunatilake. Comparison of risk factors, severity and outcome between lacunar and non-lacunar stroke in a tertiary care center in Sri Lanka: A descriptive study. Ceylon Medical journal 2015; 60:103-106. DOI 10.4038/cmj.v60i3.8190
  3. N Perera, J Indrakumar, W.V.Abeysinghe, V.Fernando, W.M.C.K. Samaraweera, J.S.Lawrence. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease increases the mortality from acute coronary syndrome: an observational study from Sri Lanka. BMC Cardiovascular disorders 2016; 16:37. DOI 10.1186/s12872-016-0212-8
  4. B.G.A. Rathnamali, G. Samarajiwa, D.D.K. Abeyratne, G.N.D. Perera, S.B.Gunatilake. Acute kidney injury following ingestion of plate developer (sodium metasilicate): a case report. BMC research notes 2016; 9:412. DOI 10.1186/s13104-016-2225-x
  5. G.N.D. Perera, V.Navarathnarajah, W.G.C.Pradeep, W.D.D.Priyankara, A.Kulatunga. Assessment of factors relating to screening of diabetes complications in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus during follow up: A descriptive study in Sri Lanka. Journal of diabetology 2015; 3:1
  6. S.B.Gunatilake, N.D. Perera, K.M.Bandara, A.U.Pathirana, A.G.S.Asiri, M.TM.Riffsy. Non motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson disease: experience from a tertiary care center in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Neurology 2014 ; 3:5-11
  7. J Pushpakumara, T Prasath, G Samarajiwa, S Priyadarshani, N Perera, J Indrakumar. Myocarditis causing severe heart failure - an unusual early manifestation of leptospirosis: a case report. BMC Research notes 2015; 8:80. DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1031-1.
  8. G N D Perera, L D Dias, A Kulatunga, E Corea, J Masakorala. A case Report of Melioidosis. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. Vol.2(1) 2012: 47-51
  9. G N D Perera, A Kulatunga, D N Samarasekera. Prosthetic valve endocarditis precipitating bleeding from small bowel angiodysplasia: A case report. Galle Medical Journal 2012;vol 17(2): 37-38
  10. G N D Perera, D A S Jayasinghe, L D Dias, A Kulatunga. Bronchiectasis and hoarseness of voice in Takayasu arteritis : A rare presentation. BMC Research Notes 2012 ;5:447
  11. Nilanka Perera. Picture Quiz. Journal of the Ceylon college of physicians 2013; 44-47. DOI 10.4038/jccp.v44i1-2.7701