• The University of Western Australia (M502), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Lakshini is a Research Fellow of the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation, currently working at the Translation Research Laboratory - Dobney Hypertension Centre, School of Biomedical Sciences, UWA. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology) from the University of Bangalore in 2006. In 2012, she accepted a research scholar position at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine-University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, Memphis, TN, USA. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the Centre for Diabetes Research, Harry Perkins Institute/UWA.

Lakshini specifically investigates the mechanisms of Sodium Glucose Co-transporter (SGLT) family members in the context of diabetes, with a primary focus on diabetic eye, kidney and heart complications. Additionally, she investigates the role of SGLT  family members with a particular focus on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) in various aspects of hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS), cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease (CVD and CKD).

As an emerging early-career researcher, Lakshini has been successful in attracting competitive grant funding from local and national funding bodies. In addition, her work has been published in reputed journals such as JACC: Basic to Translational Science, Journal of Hypertension, Diabetes Care, iScience, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Mediators of Inflammation, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, Experimental and Molecular Pathology, Neural Regeneration Research, Biomedicines and International Journal of Endocrinology. For her work in the areas of diabetes, diabetic complications and hypertension she has received 15 research prizes and awards. During her research career she has delivered numerous oral presentations at national and international scientific meetings and public forums.

Funding overview

Hypertension Australia

Diabetes Research WA

Raine Medical Research Foundation 

Diabetes Australia

Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Establishment and Characterisation of a novel mouse model of Diabetic Retinopathy., The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 21 Dec 2018

B.Sc. (Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology), Bangalore University


External positions

Demonstrator , Edith Cowan University

2015 → …


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