Thilina Alawathugoda
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics

At Boston University School of Medicine, my dedication is directed toward elucidating genetic mechanisms responsible for the onset of Alzheimer's disease. With a robust background in protein isolation and cell biology, my previous focus has been on the impact of maternal obesity on embryonic neurogenesis.

My research, harnessing small animal models and human induced pluripotent stem cells, has illuminated pathways in biomedical sciences. This work not only furthers our understanding of complex diseases but also paves the way for innovative preventative strategies, reflecting my commitment to improving global health outcomes.

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  1. Sheikh MA, Alawathugoda TT, Vyas G, Emerald BS, Ansari SA. O-GlcNAc transferase promotes glioblastoma by modulating genes responsible for cell survival, invasion, and inflammation. J Biol Chem. 2023 Oct; 299(10):105235. PMID: 37689115; PMCID: PMC10570119; DOI: 10.1016/j.jbc.2023.105235;
  2. Varghese DS, Alawathugoda TT, Sheikh MA, Challagandla AK, Emerald BS, Ansari SA. Developmental modeling of hepatogenesis using obese iPSCs-hepatocyte differentiation uncovers pathological features. Cell Death Dis. 2022 Aug 01; 13(8):670. PMID: 35915082; PMCID: PMC9343434; DOI: 10.1038/s41419-022-05125-9;
  3. Parween S, Alawathugoda TT, Prabakaran AD, Dheen ST, Morse RH, Emerald BS, Ansari SA. Nutrient sensitive protein O-GlcNAcylation modulates the transcriptome through epigenetic mechanisms during embryonic neurogenesis. Life Sci Alliance. 2022 Aug; 5(8). PMID: 35470239; PMCID: PMC9039347; DOI: 10.26508/lsa.202201385;
  4. Varghese DS, Alawathugoda TT, Ansari SA. Fine Tuning of Hepatocyte Differentiation from Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Growth Factor vs. Small Molecule-Based Approaches. Stem Cells Int. 2019; 2019:5968236. PMID: 30805010

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