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Dr Hasthi Dissanayake

Dr Hasthi Dissanayake

Dr Hasthi Dissanayake

(03) 8344 3257 |

Research Fellow in Indigenous Health
Viral Infectious Diseases
Global Health, Indigenous Health
The University of Melbourne, Department of Infectious Diseases
Lab Group(s):
Biggs Group

Hasthi is a Research Fellow in Indigenous Health and the trial coordinator for the Elcho Health and Wellbeing project. She has significant expertise in developmental origins of health and disease, specifically in cardiovascular physiology and non-invasive techniques for assessing vascular health. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2019 for her work in identifying newborns at risk of later cardiovascular disease. Her current work focuses on finding sustainable long term, culturally acceptable programs for the prevention of chronic diseases in remote Australian communities.

  • Key Achievements
    • Hasthi is an early career researcher and have received a number of domestic and international grants as an associate or chief investigator. After completing her PhD, she was the recipient of the University of Sydney’s Colin Sullivan Fellowship in Sleep Research where she supported the establishment of the highly innovative Cardio-Sleep Research Program, investigating the links between sleep disordered breathing and cardiovascular disease. In her most recent work, she has spent time working in a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory.

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    Research Groups
    • Biggs Group


      Lab Team

      Biggs Group

      • Dr Janet Pasricha
        Refugee Health Fellow
      • Dr Joanne Gardiner
        Refugee Health Fellow
      • Senior Research Fellow – Biostatistics
      • Senior Research Fellow in Global Health Trials
      • Research Fellow in Indigenous Health
      • Infectious Diseases Physician
      • Ms Joanne Garnggulkpuy
        Indigenous Health Support Worker
      • Mr George Gurruwiwi
        Indigenous Health Support Worker
      • Ms Beth Hilton Thorpe
        Project Consultant
      • Ms Christalla Hajisava
        Administration/Project Support Officer
      • Kristy Gardner
        PhD Candidate
      • Johnny Assaf
        Masters Student
      • Reet Saharan
        Honors Student
      • Ben Harrap
      • Associate Professor John Hayman
        Guest Researcher
      • Dr Jennifer Shield
        Guest Researcher