Thilini received her Bachelor's degree in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York where she worked on adt-2 regulating body size in by modulating TGFβ signaling and cuticle collagen organization. Since joining the lab, Thilini is interested in modeling the regulatory gene expression networks modulated by microRNA in cancers associated with haematopoietic system. A second project has involved characterizing the role of long non coding RNA in B cell malignancy and development.
Thilini Fernando successfully completed her post-doctoral fellowship and is currently a project scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.