Bishma Jayathilaka

PhD Candidate

Bishma Jayathilaka is a clinical pharmacist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. After completing a Bachelor of Pharmacy in New Zealand, she completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and completed an internship at the WHO Headquarters in the Department of Health Innovation. Through her clinical work, Bishma has maintained an interest in cancer having worked in paediatric and adult cancer services and in remote, rural and metropolitan health services in Australia and New Zealand. She currently works as the Chief Pharmacy Information Officer at Peter Mac.

Bishma commenced a PhD in July 2021 under the joint supervision of Professor Maarten IJzerman, Dr George Au-Yeung and Dr Fanny Franchini. Her research is focused on risk prediction of immune-related adverse events (irAE) and aims to identify irAE occurrence in real-world data. Bishma is interested in digital health and is keen to develop her knowledge on data science methodologies. Ultimately, her research aims to contribute to the development and integration of irAE risk prediction into clinical cancer services.

In her spare time, Bishma enjoys camping, gardening, and sharpening her culinary skills.