Dr Nadeeka Bandara

Research Unit

Lymphatic, adipose & regenerative medicine


Post-doctoral fellow
Lymphatic & regenerative medicine

Professional Experience

2017                Post-doctoral fellow, Lymphatic, Adipose and Regenerative
                        Medicine, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne,
2019                Visiting researcher, School of Molecular Sciences, University of
                        Western Australia, WA
2013-2017       PhD. Molecular Cell Biology, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical
                        Research, Melbourne, Australia/ School of Biomedical Sciences,
                        Charles Sturt University, Australia
2012-2013       Research assistant, Chonbuk National University, South Korea
2010-2012       MSc. Bacteriophage Biology, Chonbuk National University, South
2009-2010       Teaching assistant, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
2003-2009       BSc (Hons). Biology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka


2017                Mackenzie Hummingbird Fellowship (Hummingbird
                        Foundation, Australia)
2018                Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Cell Biology,
                        NYU Langone Medical Centre, New York University
                        School of Medicine, USA (Graciously declined)
2016                Travel Award, The Australian Society for Stem Cell
                        Research (ASSCR)
2015                Travel Award, The Australian Society for Stem Cell
                        Research (ASSCR)
2014                Travel Award, The Australian Society for Stem Cell
                        Research (ASSCR)
2014                Travel Award, The Australian Society for Biomaterials
                        and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE)
2013-2016       Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Australian
2013-2016       International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS),
                        Australian Government
2011                Best Oral Presentation Award, Proceedings of the International
                        Conference on Fermentation, South Korea
2010                Best Poster Award, International Meetings of Federation of Korean
                        Microbiological Societies, South Korea

Research Interests

My post-doctoral research focuses to investigate the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in mammalian development and disease with special reference to adipose tissues/stem cells and obesity.  

Selected Publications

  1. Bandara N, Gurusinghe S, Kong A, Mitchell G, Wang LX, Lim SY, Strappe P. (2019). Generation of a nitric oxide signalling pathway in mesenchymal stem cells promotes endothelial lineage commitment. J. Cell Physiol. 234(11):20392-20407
  2. Hoque A, Sivakumaran P, Bond S, Ling N, Kong A, Scott J, Bandara N, Hern.ndez D, Liu GS, Wong R, Ryan M, Hausenloy D, Kemp B, Oakhill J, Drew B, P.bay A, Lim SY. (2018). Mitochondrial fission protein Drp1 inhibition promotes cardiac mesodermal differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. Cell Death Discovery. 4:39
  3. Nie S, Wang X, Sivakumaran P, Chong MMW, Liu X, Karnezis T, Bandara N, Takov K, Nowell CJ, Wilcox S, Shambrook M, Hill AF, Harris NC, Newcomb AE, Strappe P, Shayan R, Hern.ndez D, Clarke J, Hanssen E, Davidson SM, Dusting GJ, P.bay A, Ho JWK, Williamson N, Lim SY. (2018). Biologically active constituents of the secretome of human W8B2+ cardiac stem cells. Sci Rep. 8(1):1579
  4. Bandara N, Gurusinghe S, Lim SY, Chen H, Chen S, Wang D, Hilbert B, Wang LX, Strappe P. (2016). Molecular control of nitric oxide synthesis through eNOS and caveolin-1 interaction regulates osteogenic differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells by modulation of Wnt/β- catenin signaling. Stem Cell Res Ther. 7(1):182. This article has been highlighted in "Mesenchymal Cell News" (
  5. Gurusinghe S, Hilbert B, Trope G, Wang L, Bandara N, Strappe P. (2017). Generation of immortalized equine chondrocytes with inducible Sox9 expression allows control of hypertrophic differentiation. J Cell Biochem. 118(5):1201-1215
  6. Bandara N, Gurusinghe S, Chen H, Chen S, Wang LX, Lim SY, Strappe P. (2016). Minicircle DNA-mediated endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene transfer enhances angiogenic responses of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Stem Cell Res Ther. 7(1):48
  7. Bandara N*, Asare PT*, Jeong TY, Ryu S, Klumpp J, Kim KP. (2015). Complete genome sequence analysis and identification of putative metallo-beta-lactamase and SpoIIIE homologs in Bacillus cereus group phage BCP8-2, a new member of the proposed Bastille-like group. Arch Virol. 160, 2647-50 (* Co-first authors)
  8. Bandara N, Kim CH and Kim KP. (2013). Extensive host range determination and improved efficacy of bacteriophage JBP901 in presence of divalent cations to control Bacillus cereus in cheonggukjang. Food Sci Biotechnol. 23, 499-504
  9. Bandara N, Jo J, Ryu S, Kim KP. (2012). Bacteriophages BCP1-1 and BCP8-2 require divalent cations for efficient control of Bacillus cereus in fermented foods. Food Microbiol. 31, 9-16
  10. Bandara N*, Shin H*, Shin E, Ryu S, Kim KP. (2011). Prevalence of Bacillus cereus bacteriophages in fermented foods and characterization of phage JBP901, Res Microbiol. 162, 791-797 (* Co first authors)