A human biology and disease enthusiast, I started my higher education as a medical student in India. I studied medicine for 4 years over 3 academic years. Still as a keen student who wanted to further study human biology and pathology, I decided to make a career change and returned to my home country Sri Lanka. Concurrently as a First-class grade holder at medical school I received the Chancellor’s scholarship to study Biomedical science at Keele University. I arrived here at Keele in 2003 as a direct second year entrance student and graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in Biomedical science. Since then I have completed a postgraduate diploma in medicinal chemistry and a Master’s in science. I have worked as a Demonstrator at Keele Medical school and later joined Newcastle College as a Lecturer in Biology where I taught Health Access to HE students. Then I went on to Derby university to serve as an Associated lecturer in biomedical science until I joined foundation year team here at Keele in 2020 as a lecturer in Biological sciences