Dr Poorna Gunasekera
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Biomedical Sciences
Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)
Facilitate learning in Biomedical Sciences, provide academic and pastoral support
I qualified with a basic MB BS degree in Sri Lanka in 1991 and held a series of appointments with the Ministry of Health progressing from an intern house-officer to a registrar in Ophthalmology, between 1992 and 1999. In 1999 I was awarded a scholarship to complete an MSc in Community Eye health at the University College London, by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Since 2000, I have held a series of academic and research posts in the United Kingdom, which included an 18-month stint in Ghana as the Trial Director of one of the largest maternal mortality trials (ObaaapaVitA). I love teaching and motivating the students to reach their highest potential. Apart from the opportunity to cover many aspects of integrated medicine with highly enthusiastic students, I am grateful for the current position as it provides me an opportunity to engage in some wonderful voluntary activities through MegaReach (www.megareach.org), which has helped make life-changing contributions to many deserving persons scattered throughout the world.