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  • Sumeda Nandadasa

    Sumeda Nandadasa, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Prinicpal Investigator


    • PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology,  University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Research Foundation.
    • Postdoctoral training: Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Insititute.
    • Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Minnesota State University 

    I am a developmental biologist by training. Having been exposed to developmental biology at a very early stage in science education during my sophomore year as an undergraduate, through working with Dr. Ellen Brisch (MSUM), and then working with two extraordinary developmental biologists Dr. Chris Wylie and Dr. Janet Heasman (CCHMC) for my PhD dissertation work, I was inspired by their passion inflicted on me to embark on a career as an independent developmental biologist my self. The first time I saw a sea urchin egg divide and develop into an embryo under a light microscope, I knew this is what I will be studying for the rest of my life – the amazing process of how a ball of cells self organizes to become a fetus with structure and form and organs and a skeleton..., the program of embryonic development.