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Suren Bandara, PhD, Health Scientist

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Location: San Francisco, CA





Suren Bandara is a Health Scientist II with Cadno ChemRisk. His principal areas of training and expertise are Neurotoxicology and modeling human exposure to xenobiotics such as PCBs, BPA, genistein, and pesticides.

Dr. Bandara completed his PhD in Neuroscience with a focus on Neurotoxicology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he managed a research project focused on identifying the ototoxic effects of developmental exposure to PCBs. During his doctoral work, Dr. Bandara also designed and executed experiments to identify the ototoxic effects of developmental exposure to xenobiotics and how those exposures may exacerbate noise induced hearing loss in adulthood. He also contributed to research that modeled human exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein and BPA in a rat model of working memory.

Following his PhD, Dr. Bandara continued Neurotoxicology research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Davis where he developed a novel zebrafish model of seizures. This model was used to develop novel mechanistically targeted anticonvulsants against chemical threat agent induced seizures. During his postdoctoral training, Dr. Bandara also generated transient GABAA knockdown lines of zebrafish using morpholino and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing techniques to identify specific molecular targets of potentially lethal chemical threat agents..


  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, 2015
  • BS, Biology, minor Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2007

Professional Association

  • Society of Toxicology (SOT)
  • Northern California chapter of Society of Toxicology (NorCal SOT); postdoctoral representative 2017
  • Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNS), 2012-2015

Awards/Professional Honors

  • Poster award: 1st place at the UC Davis Postdoctoral research symposium, 2017; University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Poster award: 3rd place at the International Society of Toxicology (NTSS), 2017; Baltimore, MD
  • TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Translational research 2016-2017; University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Poster award: 2nd place at the Midwest chapter of Society of Toxicology annual meeting, 2014; Chicago, IL
  • Predoctoral traineeship: Environmental Toxicology Scholar, National Institutes of Health, 2013-2015; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana IL
  • Ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the Center for Teaching Excellence’s list of teachers ranked as excellent, 2011-2012; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana IL
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Locations: San Francisco, CA
Chemical or Material: Bisphenol A ,PCB ,Pesticides

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