Nilantha Bandara, PhD
Dr. Bandara is a Staff Scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Born and raised in the Island nation of Sri Lanka, Dr. Bandara received his Bachelor of Science Degree (honors) specializing in Chemistry from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2004. Moved to Mississippi, USA for graduate studies, where he obtained Masters Degree in 2008 and Doctoral Degree in 2011 in the field of Inorganic Chemistry from Mississippi State University. His graduate work involved synthesis of supramolecular clusters and dynamic organometallic complexes of chromium and manganese and studying the rate of rotation using variable temperature NMR. Dr. Bandara started work in Washington University in St. Louis as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, under the guidance of Profs. Suzanne E. Lapi and Buck E. Rogers in the Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology in 2012. After successful completion of postdoctoral duties, was promoted to Staff Scientist position in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. His current research interests involves developing small and macromolecular agents for molecular imaging using positron emission tomography. Apart from work, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing table tennis and chess.