Aravinda de Silva

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I was born in Sri Lanka and attended high school at Royal College in Colombo.  In 1982 I left Sri Lanka to attend Vassar College in New York. After graduating from College in 1986 with a major in Biology, I joined the PhD program in the Department of Cell Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut.  At Yale I did my doctoral work with Ari Helenius on the folding, assembly and sorting of viral membrane proteins.  After doing postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester and Yale University, I joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.  In addition to my research interests in Lyme disease and dengue, I am  interested in working with scientists and students from developing nations and helping to build scientific capacity in these countries.

I am married to Amy Weil who is a physician and an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  We have two sons aged 6 (Priyan) and 3 (Sunimal).  In my spare time I play tennis, watch birds, fish with my sons, and sleep.

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Academic Affiliations
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC)
Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences

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