- Nilwala Abeysekara
Nilwala Abeysekara, PhD
Nilwala leads the day-to-day operations of the NORS-DUC laboratory, where research related to Phytophthora ramorum, known to cause the disease sudden oak death (SOD) is conducted. She is responsible for overseeing and ensuring operational efficiency and safety of the people working in the lab, and she also conducts and manages experiments on multiple projects independently. Nilwala also manages inventory, chemical supplies, and procurement operations, and acts as a point of contact for system alerts.
North Dakota State University, PhD, Genomics and Bioinformatics
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, BSc, Plant Science