Dr Niwanthi Rajapakse

Senior Lecturer in Biomed Sciences

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 52402



  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours), Monash University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University


  • Albornoz, Eduardo A., Amarilla, Alberto A., Modhiran, Naphak, Parker, Sandra, Li, Xaria X., Wijesundara, Danushka K., Aguado, Julio, Zamora, Adriana Pliego, McMillan, Christopher L. D., Liang, Benjamin, Peng, Nias Y. G., Sng, Julian D. J., Saima, Fatema Tuj, Fung, Jenny N., Lee, John D., Paramitha, Devina, Parry, Rhys, Avumegah, Michael S., Isaacs, Ariel, Lo, Martin W., Miranda-Chacon, Zaray, Bradshaw, Daniella, Salinas-Rebolledo, Constanza, Rajapakse, Niwanthi W., Wolvetang, Ernst J., Munro, Trent P., Rojas-Fernandez, Alejandro, Young, Paul R., Stacey, Katryn J. ... Woodruff, Trent M. (2022). SARS-CoV-2 drives NLRP3 inflammasome activation in human microglia through spike protein. Molecular Psychiatry, 1-16. doi: 10.1038/s41380-022-01831-0

  • Nomura, Haru, Kuruppu, Sanjaya and Rajapakse, Niwanthi W. (2022). Stimulation of angiotensin converting enzyme 2: A novel treatment strategy for diabetic nephropathy. Frontiers in Physiology, 12 813012, 813012. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.813012

  • Tran, Shirley, Kuruppu, Sanjaya and Rajapakse, Niwanthi W. (2022). Chronic renin-angiotensin system activation induced neuroinflammation: common mechanisms underlying hypertension and dementia?. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 85 (3), 943-955. doi: 10.3233/JAD-215231

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Tran, Shirley, Woodruff, Trent, Kumar, Vinod, Smith, A. Ian, Rajapakse, Niwanthi and Kuruppu, Sanjaya (2021). Stimulating the Activity of NEP and ACE2: A Unique Approach to Prevent Dementia. Experimental Biology Meeting EB 2021, Online, 27–30 April 2022. Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.s1.01628

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor