Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam, M.D., M.Sc.
Microbiology & Immunology, Physiology & Pharmacology, Surgery
Consultant Transplant Nephrologist
London Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam is an Assistant Professor and Clinician-Scientist at the University of Western Ontario in the Department of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology.
He earned his Honours Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Toronto, and graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Ottawa, and fellowships in Nephrology and Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He was later an associate physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston prior to being recruited to London. Dr. Gunaratnam’s clinical interest and expertise lies in acute kidney injury and renal transplantation.
Dr. Gunaratnam’s research program focuses on the role ischemia reperfusion injury plays in regulating innate immunity and inflammation in renal transplantation. His CIHR-funded basic science research laboratory is actively studying how injured kidney epithelial cells regulate inflammation by expressing Kidney Injury Molecule-1. Dr. Gunaratnam is the recipient of a KRESCENT New Investigator Award and the Schulich Clinician-Scientist Award.
Dr. Gunaratnam hopes to develop novel therapeutic strategies to ameliorate ischemic acute kidney injury and prolong the lifespan of transplanted organs.
Hon. Bachelor’s of Science, University of Toronto
Master’s of Science (Immunology), University of Toronto
Doctorate in Medicine, University of Ottawa
Post-doctoral Clinical Training
July 2002- June 2005
Residency in Internal Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa
July 2008 – June 2009
Fellowship in Nephrology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham General Hospital Joint Program
July 2009 – December 2009
Transplant Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Post-doctoral Research Training
January 2002 – August 2005
Research Fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa (Mentor: Dr. Stephen Lee, PhD)
August 2005 – June 2008
Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Mentor: Dr. Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD)
Resident Research Award, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
CSCI/CIHR Resident Research Award
Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-Canadian Research. Award for speciality residents (Single National Award)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship
KRESCENT Fellowship Award
Schulich Clinician – Scientist Award
AMOSO Opportunities Fund
KRESCENT New Investigator Award