Research Interests

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Proteins), Statistical inference, Statistical data compression, Data mining, Pattern recognition

About me

I am a PhD research student in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia, working under the supervision of Dr. Arun Konagurthu and Dr. Lloyd Allison. My PhD thesis involves developing an information theoretic framework for protein sequence-structure alignment.

I come from Sri Lanka (previously Ceylon), a beautiful island country, widely known to the world by the name "Pearl of the Indian Ocean". Upon completing my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, I started exploring directions of applying computer science to solve problems in biology and medicine. The journey began when I started my masters by research at the same university, which established my interest on proteins and their function. Afterwards, I received the opportunity to pursue my PhD in Computational Biology in a highly inspiring research environment (, focusing on protein alignment.


Dinithi Sumanaweera

Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

25 Exhibition Walk, Clayton , VIC 3800, Australia

Email: <first_name> <dot> <last_name> <at> monash <dot> edu