Dr Nelun Perera

Academic Champion in Medical Microbiology & Virology


 Hon Associate Professor, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
University of Leicester
 Consultant Microbiologist, University Hospitals of Leicester
 Training Programme Director, Health Education England in the East Midlands
 Mentor, University Hospitals of Leicester

Department of Microbiology
5th Floor, Sandringham Building
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Infirmary Road, Leicester

Nelun Perera is a Consultant Microbiologist at University Hospitals of Leicester. She is a medical graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She underwent postgraduate training in microbiology in Sri Lanka and thereafter in the UK, and is registered as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist in the UK and Sri Lanka.
She is the Lead Microbiologist for Mycology and Tuberculosis diagnostic and clinical services in the Department of Microbiology, University Hospitals of Leicester and the Lead Microbiologist for Cancer & Haematology services, University Hospitals of Leicester. She works closely with colleagues in Oncology, Haematology and Transplant and has championed a highly successful, cost-effective antifungal stewardship programme in Cancer & Haematology services.

Her areas of special interest and expertise are in medical mycology, tuberculosis, Pneumocystis jirovecii and antimicrobial resistance.
She is also a Co-member of the Leicester Tuberculosis Research Group (LTBRG), College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester.
She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from University of Cambridge and is passionate about adult learning theories and its applications in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
She is also a co-editor of the Text Book of Medical Microbiology A guide to Microbial Infections: Pathogenesis, Immunity, Laboratory Investigations and Control and Reviewer of a number of Journals.
She is a listed UHL mentor for junior doctors and new consultants
Due to her dual specialist registrations, she has excellent links with Sri Lanka. She leads a rolling training programme for Sri Lankan postgraduate doctors in microbiology under the medical training initiative scheme of the Department of Health. She has also successfully established research links between University of Leicester and Sri Lanka, and is the Principle Investigator of the Sri Lankan arm of an international research study led by Sapphire Research Group, University of Leicester on Antimicrobial resistance funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of the Research Councils UK (RCUK).
There are opportunities for students and junior doctors to work with her on clinical audits, quality improvement projects, antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and on research projects on invasive fungal infections. She is also willing to help students and junior doctors with arranging electives and training experience programmes in Sri Lanka

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College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester
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