2017 Undergrad Spotlights: Kalani Ratnasiri

Undergrad Research Spotlights
By Monica Albe & Shana Singh

Kalani Ratnasiri
Kalani Ratnasiri

Kalani Ratnasiri
Harris Lab (in the School of Public Health), MCB-I&P Senior, 2017
Senior Honors Thesis: Dengue NS1 triggers dermal vascular leak, dependent on the endothelial glycocalyx integrity

Kalani Ratnasiri has been working with MCB researcher and senior lecturer, Dr. Robert Beatty, in his research collaborations with Dr. Eva Harris in the School of Public Health. Beatty says, "Kalani has worked for over two years in the laboratory and has single-handedly developed a novel mouse model for testing intradermal vascular leak triggered by a dengue virus protein."

Ratnasiri says, "Ever since I came to Berkeley, I have always been intrigued by the field of immunology. Through working at Dr. Eva Harris' Lab (and with Dr. Robert Beatty) with murine models of dengue and being able to conduct my own experiments and make contributions to the field of dengue, I have developed an interest in pursuing research in infectious disease as a career."

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