Prof. Nirusha Thavarajah completed her PhD in Chemistry at University of Toronto. She went on to do her post-doctorate for three years at the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR)/Princess Margaret Hospital under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin Neel, researching the synthesis of anticancer reagents and completed her masters in intellectual property law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Upon completion of her postdoctoral research, she worked as a lecturer for over 8 years, teaching a broad spectrum of chemistry courses and coordinating number of undergraduate laboratories at University of Toronto Scarborough campus and St. George campus.
She was the recipient of the University of Toronto Scarborough Outstanding Teaching Award for sessional lecturers in 2016 (inaugural) and the Excellence in Education Award of 2016 presented by the Technological Advances in Science, Medicine and Engineering conference committee.
She is currently a faculty lecturer and Biochemistry Program Supervisor at the chemistry department of UTSC and pursuing her Masters of Arts in Education at University of Ontario Institute Technology. Her current field of research interests is to develop effective platinum anticancer complexes.