Researcher biography

Pradeep received his Bachelor of Food Science and Technology in 2008 at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, followed by a Master of Science in Biochemistry in 2013 at Pukyong National University, South Korea. He completed his PhD at Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), the University of Queensland in 2019, with a focus on the development of strategies to explore novel and bioactive microbial secondary metabolites. During his PhD he gained experience in detection, isolation and characterisation of small molecules (natural products). After completing his PhD, Pradeep joined GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, as a postdoctoral research fellow in analytical chemistry. At GEOMAR, his research focused on the development and application of modern mass spectrometry-based analytical techniques and non-targeted metabolomic approaches.  As a postdoctoral research fellow at QAEHS, he is interested in developing novel methods for rapid screening and identification of immerging chemical hazards in environmental samples and human biomonitoring.