MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Anusha Seneviratne
Anusha is a Scientist specialising in Immunology, Cardiovascular Disease and Cell Therapy. She holds a BSc and MRes in Biomedical Sciences, and a PhD in Vascular Immunology from Imperial College London, where she spent nine years researching atherosclerotic vascular disease, and published several peer-reviewed papers in world-leading cardiovascular journals. She contributed to a report on Non-Communicable Diseases for the World Health Organization in 2018. She has volunteered with the Foundation of Goodness since 2015, supporting fundraising drives to provide schoolchildren with essential materials, and coaching upcoming Table Tennis players. She is a member of the RSPB and Butterfly Conservation in the UK, and is passionate about Planetary Health, climate justice, Nature and Conservation. She also enjoys wildlife photography and sustainable crafting such as crochet and sewing.
Hugh Shirley is a medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BS in Biochemistry from Northeastern University, where he led RAISE, a student research group dedicated to using chemistry and engineering to tackle planetary health issues, and was a founding member of NUGHI, a group that organizes global health conferences to create opportunities for collaboration and learning between students and global health experts from around the world. He is a Research Associate at the African Center for Community Engagement in Health (ACCIH) and is on the advisory board for the NEU Africa Global Initiative. Hugh is passionate about climate change and its impacts on the health of global populations.
Mikhail is a research technician in the Cardiovascular Sciences department of the National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London, obtaining his BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Kingston University London. He is currently active in the research of atherosclerosis, focusing on the role of antibodies in the progression or protection in this devastating condition, with the aim of utilising these antibodies as potential future biomarkers, imaging agents for detection and therapeutic drugs for plaque/lesion treatment. He has contributed to the publication of several papers in scientific journals. Mikhail's passion has long been in planetary health, ecology, conservation and pollution which has been prompted by recurrent visits to his parent's homeland of the Philippines, where he noticed the reduction of ecological diversity, increased plastic pollution, natural habitat destruction and increased healthcare issues with the local population.
Collins is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Environmental & Biosystems Engineering at the University of Nairobi, Kenya after graduating from the same institution with a BSc degree. For his MSc Research Project, Collins is working on Evaporative Cooling Systems in a bid to help address the issue of Post-Harvest Food Losses especially of vegetables, fruits and milk, which has been listed by the United Nations and other organizations as among the major contributors to Climate Change. Collins is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) and has been volunteering with the University of Nairobi’s Rotaract Club, Spice Warriors Kenya and Rescue Earth CBO; all with a common aim of making the Earth a safer and better place to live. He is an Environment enthusiast, pushing for action to counter the Triple Planetary Crisis (Climate Change, Pollution and Biodiversity Loss). Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is another area of interest to him.
Hesh is a Geo-environmental Consultant working within the geosciences division at RSK Group. He graduated University College London with an MSc in Geology and continues his development to become a Chartered Geologist. Hesh has been involved in numerous development projects, finding and implementing solutions for various contamination issues throughout the UK. Having an affinity for the natural world since he was young, he joined Girawa to play his part in the future of both the minds of the next generation and the planet he will leave behind.