Research Interests

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Proteins and Genomics), Statistical inference, Machine Learning, Data mining, Pattern recognition

About me

I am a PhD 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 statistical and probabilistic models for protein alignment and amino acid evolution using the Bayesian criterion of Minimum Message Length inference.

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