Mr Waruna Weerasekera

Dip IT (SLIIT), BBiomedSc (Otago), BSc(Hons) (First Class) (Auckland), PG Cert (Academic Practice)

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Before joining the department as a Professional Teaching Fellow Waruna’s research has been on a molecular physiology and computer modeling-based drug discovery project at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. His work contributed in the hunt for novel inhibitors of PI3Kα-H1047R enzyme (a common oncogenic mutant).

Prior to his move to Auckland, Waruna worked as a Physiology Teaching Fellow at the University of Otago for a number of years teaching to a wide range of health-science students.

Waruna is a recipient of the FoS Faculty Fellowship in 2012 and completed the PG Cert (Academic Practice) in 2014. His pedagogical research focuses on ways to improve academic literacy and numeracy in university students.

Teaching | Current

Waruna coordinates and contributes in the teaching and delivery of the very popular general education course EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality, and EXERSCI 101 Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport, a required course in the BSc Exercise Sciences major.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Weerasekera, W. (2019). Foundations of exercise and sport sciences : EXERSCI 101. McGraw Hill Education (Australia). Pages: 165.

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 232
New Zealand