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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Thushangi Pathiraja, Ph.D.

Thushangi Pathiraja

Department of Medicine

Thesis Title: Role of Epigenetic Gene Regulation in Breast Cancer

Basic Science Mentor: Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine

Clinical Science Mentor: Jenny Chang, M.D.
Department of Medicine


Ph.D., Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.S., Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Position after graduation: Post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Michelle Barton at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Awards and Honors

  • Scholar-in-Training Award – American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Special Conference in Cancer Epigenetics, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2010
  • Third Prize Poster Presentation – 3rd Annual Breast Center Trainee Retreat, Cleveland, TX, 2007
  • Department of Defense Predoctoral Traineeship Award, 2006-2009
  • Prof. Stanley Wijesundara Memorial Prize for the highest aggregate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003
  • The Gulamhussein A. J. Noorbhai Gold Medal for the best overall results, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003


  • Dearth RK, Delgado DA, Hiney JK, Pathiraja T, Oesterreich S, Medina D, Dees WL, Lee AV. Parity-induced decrease in systemic growth hormone alters mammary gland signaling: a potential role in pregnancy protection from breast cancer. Cancer Prev Res. 2010. 3(3):312-21.
  • Pathiraja TN, Stearns V, Oesterreich S. Epigenetic regulation in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer--role in treatment response. J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2010. 15(1):35-47.
  • Pathiraja TN, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S. Zinc intake among a selected group of female undergraduates in Sri Lanka. Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine. 2004. 17:4, p.190-1.

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