Dr. Namal Liyanage will be joining the faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity in June, 2017. He is transferring from the National Institutes of Health, where he served as a post-doctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Genoveffa Franchini. Dr. Liyanage obtained his undergraduate degree at the Medical School at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, and his PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Liyanage’s major research interests are to explore novel strategies to prevent and control chronic viral infections such as HIV through better understanding of the innate and adaptive immune responses. His recent studies have shown the critical role of mucosal innate lymphoid cells and natural killer cells in the prevention of SIV/HIV infections. Dr. Liyanage is a recipient of a NIH Career Transition Award (K22).